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Date published: August 10, 2018

Land Treatment Exploration Tool Fact Sheet

Land restoration and rehabilitation efforts usually involve soil and vegetation manipulations, which influence landscapes and ecosystems. These manipulations, or treatments, historically have been planned on a case-by-case basis with decisions made from personal experience of past successes or failures.

Date published: August 2, 2018

The Economic Role of High Species Diversity in an Ecosystem

An important issue in biodiversity valuation is gaining a better understanding of how biodiversity conservation affects economic activities and human welfare.

Date published: August 2, 2018

Forest Connectivity and Patterns of Genetic Structure in Northern Spotted Owls

Federal researchers used landscape genetics to evaluate the role that forest connectivity plays in determining genetic connectivity for the federally-threatened northern spotted owl.

Date published: August 2, 2018

Conservation Threats and Priorities for Raptors Across Asia

Scientists from West Virginia University, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, U.S. Forest Service, and USGS co-authored a book chapter on conservation status, threats, and research priorities for Asian raptors.  

Date published: August 2, 2018

White-tailed Sea Eagle Movements in Central Asia

Behavior of young birds can have important consequences for population dynamics. To study movements and habitat associations of white-tailed sea eagles hatched in a National Nature Reserve in north-central Kazakhstan, researchers telemetered three juvenile sea eagles to track their autumnal post-fledging movements.

Date published: July 27, 2018

Herbicides and Herbivory Interactions Affect Plant Communities and Tree Survival

Land management practices often directly alter vegetation structure and composition, but the degree to which ecological processes such as herbivory are affected is poorly understood. 

Date published: July 20, 2018

ClimateEngine.org Helps Assess Effectiveness of Riparian Restoration Projects

Assessments of restoration effectiveness in riparian areas depend on quality monitoring data, which can be both expensive and difficult to collect. 

Date published: July 13, 2018

Reducing Mercury Loads in The Cosumnes River

The Cosumnes River watershed has seasonal, non-point source hotspots for total mercury and methylmercury production, which discharge to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in north-central California. To reduce mercury loads to the Delta, researchers created open-water deep cells at the downstream end of wetlands.

Date published: July 9, 2018

Inbreeding in Northern Spotted Owls - Insights From Over 30 Years of Monitoring Data

In a study led by the USGS, researchers developed a framework to infer inbreeding rates of Northern Spotted Owls when incomplete parentage information exists.

Date published: July 9, 2018

Environmental Factors Affect Success of Sagebrush Reseeding Efforts

In the western U.S., big sagebrush ecosystems provide habitat for about 350 species of conservation concern, but are sensitive to disturbance and are in decline. Big sagebrush ecosystems have low and variable precipitation, which makes restoration a challenge.

Date published: July 2, 2018

Reptile Diversity and Abundance at the Idaho National Guard Orchard Combat Training Center and Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Forty years of snake and lizard surveys help scientists understand the consequences of invasive species, wildfires, and other environmental stressors in sagebrush ecosystems.

Date published: June 29, 2018

Assessing Portable Lead Analyzers for Wildlife Conservation

Lead exposure in wildlife is a widespread management and conservation concern. Low-cost, portable lead analyzers have improved access and cost-effectiveness of determining lead concentrations in animal blood samples, yet analytical bias and lack of quality-assurance–quality-control measures can confound results.