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The report, Using Resilience and Resistance Concepts to Manage Threats to Sagebrush Ecosystems, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, and Greater Sage-Grouse in Their Eastern Range: A Strategic Multi-Scale Approach, allows managers to predict how sagebrush ecosystems will respond to both disturbance and management actions in areas that support sage-grouse. Using this approach, managers can better assess habitat threats, target areas for treatment, and develop...
Anglers and conservationists can rest easier knowing that scientists have just identified ways to locate and preserve genetically pure westslope cutthroat trout populations into the future. A new study released today provides quantitative estimates of which specific environmental factors, such as stream size and temperature, affect the distribution of cutthroat trout and their hybrids with rainbow trout.
Back by popular demand, the book Diseases of Trees in the Great Plains, is updated with more species and more topics than ever before!
Scientists have discovered that Great Basin bristlecone pine, which has the longest lifespan of any non-clonal organism worldwide, is highly resistance to mountain pine beetle.
A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly forty years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques.
New research based on 30 years of streamwater data points to the vital role of new plant growth in absorbing nutrients after forest disturbances. Scientists found that at the Fraser Experimental Forest in Colorado, even though water and nutrient uptake ceases rapidly after beetles attack pine trees, streamwater nitrogen levels remained low in beetle-infested watersheds.
A new optimization technique could help conservation biologists choose the most cost-effective ways of connecting isolated populations of rare, threatened and endangered species living in protected areas. As the human population grows and expands its footprint, maintaining the connectivity of animal habitats is a challenge. Habitat corridors are critical for keeping wildlife species connected across the landscape.
A new scientific synthesis “Mountain Pine Beetles: A Century of Knowledge, Control Attempts, and Impacts Central to the Black Hills” from the U.S. Forest Service showcases findings from 100 years of research on mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills.
Exotic plant invaders are global threats to ecosystems and millions of dollars are spent each year to fight invasions. A new study shows that current treatment methods could inadvertently promote a second invasion by exotic plants instead of desired native plants and negatively impact ecosystem restoration.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service western Research Stations form a collaborative group, Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science, with a mission to address - and provide science-based solutions to - ongoing challenges in the conservation and restoration of western ecosystems.

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