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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: 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.

Date published: April 9, 2021

Landsat User Case Studies – Dive into Details

USGS social scientists use qualitative research methods to better understand Landsat imagery use and the benefits and challenges perceived by Landsat users. These Landsat user case studies provide in-depth information about users, uses, user value, and societal benefits.  

Date published: March 30, 2021

New Research Highlights Decline of Greater Sage-Grouse in the American West, Provides Roadmap to Aid Conservation

RESTON, Va. – Greater sage-grouse populations have declined significantly over the last six decades, with an 80% rangewide decline since 1965 and a nearly 40% decline since 2002, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey. Although the overall trend clearly shows continued population declines over the entire range of the species, rates of change vary regionally. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Synthesizing and analyzing long-term monitoring data: A greater sage-grouse case study

Long-term monitoring of natural resources is imperative for increasing the understanding of ecosystem processes, services, and how to manage those ecosystems to maintain or improve function. Challenges with using these data may occur because methods of monitoring changed over time, multiple organizations collect and manage data differently, and...

O'Donnell, Michael; Edmunds, David R.; Aldridge, Cameron L.; Heinrichs, Julie; Monroe, Adrian P.; Coates, Peter S.; Prochazka, Brian G.; Christiansen, Thomas J; Hanser, Steve E.; Wiechman, Lief A.; Cook, Avery A; Espinosa, Shawn P.; Foster, Lee J.; Griffin, Kathleen A.; Kolar, Jesse L; Miller, Katherine S; Moser, Ann M.; Remington, Thomas E.; Runia, Travis J; Schreiber, Leslie A; Schroeder, Michael A; Stiver, San J; Whitford, Nyssa I; Wightman, Catherine S

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Year Published: 2021

Monitoring long-term riparian vegetation trends to inform local habitat management in a mountainous environment

Riparian ecosystems provide critical habitat for many species, yet assessment of vegetation condition at local scales is difficult to measure when considering large areas over long time periods. We present a framework to map and monitor two deciduous cover types, upland and riparian, occupying a small fraction of an expansive, mountainous...

Assal, Timothy J.; Steen, Valerie A.; Caltrider, Todd; Cundy, Travis; Stewart, Cheyenne; Manning, Nicholas; Anderson, Patrick J.

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Putting people first: Using social science to reduce risk

Wildland-urban interface residents, who occupy the areas where wildlands meet and mix with human development, are both contributors to and recipients of the disastrous effects of wildland fires. They contribute through fire starts, flammable homes, unmitigated properties, opposition to mitigation on nearby public lands, and land use planning...

Champ, Patricia A.; Barth, Christopher M.; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Falk, Lilia C.; Gomez, Jamie; Meldrum, James R.