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Scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center capitalize on their diverse expertise to answer scientific questions shaped by the environments of the western United States. We collaborate with each other and with partners to provide rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide. 

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Date published: October 9, 2020

A Guide for Integrating Climate Change Considerations into Natural Resource Planning

Climate change vulnerability assessments and associated adaptation strategies and actions use existing climate science to project possible effects on natural resources and identify potential responses. 

Date published: September 25, 2020

Illegal Killing of Non-Game Wildlife and Recreational Shooting in Conservation Areas

Illegal killing of non-game wildlife is a global yet poorly documented problem. 

Date published: September 25, 2020

Disentangling the Effects of Multiple Fires on Spatially Interspersed Sagebrush Communities

There is a need to better assimilate local landscape-scale research on vegetation characteristics within a broader understanding of fire regimes to aid management and treatment responses to fire.

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Year Published: 2021

Weed-suppressive bacteria effects differ in culture compared to in soils and with or without microbial competition and separation of active ingredient

Weed-suppressive bacteria (WSB), specifically the D7 and ACK55 strains of Pseudomonas fluorescens, were previously reported to selectively inhibit growth of invasive annual grasses (IAGs) that have caused severe ecosystem degradation across much of the western US. However, recent studies show highly mixed evidence for WSB effectiveness in...

Lazarus, Brynne E.; Feris, Kevin; Germino, Matthew

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Year Published: 2020

Annotated bibliography of scientific research on greater sage-grouse published from 2015 to 2019

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter GRSG) has been a focus of scientific investigation and management action for the past two decades. The 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing determination of “not warranted” was in part due to a large-scale collaborative effort to develop strategies to conserve GRSG populations...

Carter, Sarah K.; Arkle, Robert S.; Bencin, Heidi L.; Harms, Benjamin R.; Manier, Daniel J.; Johnston, Aaron N.; Phillips, Susan L.; Hanser, Steven E.; Bowen, Zachary H.
Carter, S.K., Arkle, R.S., Bencin, H.L., Harms, B.R., Manier, D.J., Johnston, A.N., Phillips, S.L., Hanser, S.E., and Bowen, Z.H., 2020, Annotated bibliography of scientific research on greater sage-grouse published from 2015 to 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1103, 264 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201103.

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Integrating climate change considerations into natural resource planning—An implementation guide

Executive SummaryClimate change vulnerability assessments and associated adaptation strategies and actions connect existing climate science with possible effects on natural resources and highlight potential responses. However, these assessments, which are commonly generated for large regional areas, suggest management options in general terms...

Kershner, Jessi; Woodward, Andrea; Torregrosa, Alicia
Kershner, J., Woodward, A., and Torregrosa, A., 2020, Integrating climate change considerations into natural resource planning—An implementation guide: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 6, chap. C2, 58 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm6C2.