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Fort Collins Science Center

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.

News

Accuracy, accessibility, and institutional capacity shape the utility of habitat models for managing and conserving rare plants on western public lands

Accuracy, accessibility, and institutional capacity shape the utility of habitat models for managing and conserving rare plants on western public lands

Living with Wildfire: The Wildfire Research Team adds new USGS-led collaborator report to their series on projects informing community wildfire risk mitigation

Living with Wildfire: The Wildfire Research Team adds new USGS-led collaborator report to their series on projects informing community wildfire risk mitigation

Amphibians: The endurance athletes of Rocky Mountain National Park

Amphibians: The endurance athletes of Rocky Mountain National Park

Publications

Accuracy, accessibility, and institutional capacity shape the utility of habitat models for managing and conserving rare plants on western public lands

Public lands are often managed for multiple uses ranging from energy development to rare plant conservation. Habitat models can help land managers assess and mitigate potential effects of projects on rare plants, but it is unclear how models are currently being used. Our goal was to better understand how staff in the Bureau of Land Management currently use habitat models to inform their decisions,
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Ella M. Samuel, Jennifer K. Meineke, Laine E. McCall, Lea B. Selby, Alison C. Foster, Zoe M. Davidson, Carol A. Dawson, Catherine S. Jarnevich, Sarah K. Carter

Living with wildfire in Santa Fe: 2021 Data Report

The City of Santa Fe is well known for arts, food, and architecture, but it also faces significant risk of wildfire. In 2020, the City of Santa Fe partnered with the Wildfire Research (WiRē) team with the goal of better understanding the needs of residents within the study area and their level of support for wildfire risk mitigation programs. The resulting project centers on two types of property-
Authors
James Meldrum, Julia Goolsby, Colleen Donovan, Porfirio Chavarria, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Patricia A. Champ, Christopher M. Barth, Carolyn Wagner, Chiara Forrester

Double take: Ingestion of two rats by a juvenile Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) in Big Cypress National Preserve, FL, USA

No abstract available.
Authors
Teah M. Evers, Andrea F. Currylow, Mark Robert Sandfoss, Lisa Marie McBride, Christina M. Romagosa, Wesley W. Boone, Jacquelyn C. Guzy, Gretchen Erika Anderson, Kristen Hart, Matthew McCollister, Amy A. Yackel Adams

Science

Can ruderal components of biocrust (mosses and cyanobacteria) be maintained under increasing threats of drought, grazing and feral horses?

Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) are a community of living organisms, like moss, lichen, and algae, covering soils in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, providing important ecological functions like carbon cycling and soil stabilization. Analyses show that biocrusts are negatively associated with the abundance of invasive annual grasses that are responsible for increasing fire across the Great Basin...
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Can ruderal components of biocrust (mosses and cyanobacteria) be maintained under increasing threats of drought, grazing and feral horses?

Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) are a community of living organisms, like moss, lichen, and algae, covering soils in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, providing important ecological functions like carbon cycling and soil stabilization. Analyses show that biocrusts are negatively associated with the abundance of invasive annual grasses that are responsible for increasing fire across the Great Basin...
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Synthesis of sage-grouse genetic information to support conservation and land management actions

Sage-grouse, iconic birds of the American West, have experienced dramatic reductions and fragmentation of habitat, resulting in significant conservation concern. Genetic information can help inform priorities for protection and habitat restoration as well as strategies for translocations, but may be difficult for resource managers to find, interpret, and use in their decision making. In this work...
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Synthesis of sage-grouse genetic information to support conservation and land management actions

Sage-grouse, iconic birds of the American West, have experienced dramatic reductions and fragmentation of habitat, resulting in significant conservation concern. Genetic information can help inform priorities for protection and habitat restoration as well as strategies for translocations, but may be difficult for resource managers to find, interpret, and use in their decision making. In this work...
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USGS Science Syntheses for Public Lands Management

As we consider new activities on public lands, it's crucial to rely on solid, scientific evidence about potential environmental impacts. However, the rapid pace of new scientific research makes it difficult for land managers, decision makers, private landowners, and others to keep up and ensure they are utilizing the latest, high-quality science information. Government agencies also often have...
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USGS Science Syntheses for Public Lands Management

As we consider new activities on public lands, it's crucial to rely on solid, scientific evidence about potential environmental impacts. However, the rapid pace of new scientific research makes it difficult for land managers, decision makers, private landowners, and others to keep up and ensure they are utilizing the latest, high-quality science information. Government agencies also often have...
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Multimedia

Microscopic view of tree rings, with a scale bar of 0.5 mm
Tree rings
Tree rings
animated gif of greater sage-grouse population trends over time
An animated heat map of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) annual peak male counts from 1990 to 2023
An animated heat map of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) annual peak male counts from 1990 to 2023
four scientists sit at a table, looking at tree rings under microscopes
Dendroparty
Dendroparty
photo of students with back to camera, screen at the front showing a strawberry and DNA, lecturer at the front of the room
Students learning about DNA extraction from FORT geneticist Jennifer Fike
Students learning about DNA extraction from FORT geneticist Jennifer Fike
Photo of a landscape including shrubs, grasses, and a small mountain range
Frisco Herd Management Area
Frisco Herd Management Area
Photo of a horse in a field, small mountain range in the background
Wild horse in the Frisco Herd Management Area, Utah.
Wild horse in the Frisco Herd Management Area, Utah.
Five horses stare straight ahead. Hill in the background.
Wild horses in the Frisco Herd Management Area, Utah
Wild horses in the Frisco Herd Management Area, Utah
screenshot of the first slide of a video Getting started with nabatr: package download & a new way to login
Getting started with nabatr: package download & a new way to login
See caption. Conservation Efforts Database — Single Record Data Entry Step 1
Conservation Efforts Database — Single Record Data Entry Step 1