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Welcome to the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, just east of the Rocky Mountains. At FORT we develop and disseminate research-based information and tools needed to understand the nation’s biological resources in support of effective decision making.

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Users, Uses, and Value of Landsat Imagery

Users, Uses, and Value of Landsat Imagery

Landsat satellites provide high-quality, imagery of urban, rural, and remote lands for all areas of the world. The imagery is applied to a variety of research areas, such as climate change research, agriculture, and environmental management.

Landsat Imagery

Burmese Pythons Invade the Everglades

Burmese Pythons Invade the Everglades

The Florida Everglades encompass a vast subtropical ecosystem. Billions of dollars have been committed to the long-term restoration of this ecosystem, but burgeoning populations of introduced and invasive reptiles threaten prospects for restoration.

Invasives Species

Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines

Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines

Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, however, widespread deployment of wind turbines is having unprecedented adverse impacts on tree-roosting and migratory bat species.

Bats and Wind Energy

News

Date published: July 19, 2021

National Park Visitor Spending Contributed $28.6 Billion to U.S. Economy in 2020, Report NPS and USGS

Visitor spending in communities near national parks resulted in a $28.6 billion contribution to the nation's economy and supported 234,000 jobs in 2020, according to an economics report prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service.

Date published: July 7, 2021

Friday's Findings - July 9 2021

Conservation of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Under the Sage-Grouse Umbrella

Date:  July 9, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Cameron Aldridge, Research Ecologist, USGS Fort Collins Science Center

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Date published: May 7, 2021

New Mexico Landscapes Field Station Research informs Fire Management

Researchers at the New Mexico Landscapes Field Station, part of the Fort Collins Science Center, use tree-ring fire scars to establish a historical record of fire that informs present-day fire management practices.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Diffusion modeling reveals effects of multiple release sites and human activity on a recolonizing apex predator

BackgroundReintroducing predators is a promising conservation tool to help remedy human-caused ecosystem changes. However, the growth and spread of a reintroduced population is a spatiotemporal process that is driven by a suite of factors, such as habitat change, human activity, and prey availability. Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) are apex predators...

Eisaguirre, Joseph M.; Willliams, Perry J.; Lu, Xinyi; Kissling, Michelle L.; Beatty, William S.; Esslinger, George G.; Womble, Jamie N.; Hooten, Mevin

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Year Published: 2021

Annotated bibliography of scientific research on Ventenata dubia published from 2010 to 2020

Integrating recent science into management decisions supports effective natural resource management and can lead to better resource outcomes. However, finding and accessing science information can be time consuming and costly. To assist in this process, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is creating a series of annotated bibliographies on topics of...

Poor, Erin E; Kleist, Nathan J.; Bencin, Heidi L.; Foster, Alison C.; Carter, Sarah K.
Poor, E.E., Kleist, N.J., Bencin, H.L., Foster, A.C., and Carter, S.K., 2021, Annotated bibliography of scientific research on Ventenata dubia published from 2010 to 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1031, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211031.

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Evaluating establishment of conservation practices in the Conservation Reserve Program across the central and western United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is one of the largest private lands conservation programs in the United States, establishing perennial vegetation on environmentally sensitive lands formerly in agricultural production. Over its 35 year existence, the CRP has evolved to include diverse conservation practices (...

Vandever, Mark W.; Carter, Sarah K.; Assal, Timothy J.; Elgersma, Kenneth; Wen, Ai; Welty, Justin L.; Arkle, Robert; Iovanna, Rich