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Sustaining the Greater sage-grouse may come down to maintaining genetic connectivity

MISSOULA, Mont., May 10, 2018 – The Greater sage-grouse, once estimated to have a population of 16 million across the western United States, is now believed to number less than one million. The population decline is related to their habitat, much of which has been degraded by non-native grasses and fragmented by development. Because of […]

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World’s oldest tree species resistant to mountain pine beetle

LOGAN, Utah, October 20 2016 – 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. Mountain pine beetles, a native insect to western North America, have killed millions of trees in the last decade. Warming temperatures associated with climate […]

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Agricultural smoke: experiments to improve agricultural smoke decision support tools

September 22, 2016 – Agriculture is a vital part of the Pacific Northwest’s economy and is critical to the region’s rural communities. The production cycle of cereal crops and grasses, which are important agriculture products of the Northwest, includes burning fields of post-harvest residue such as wheat stubble. Like smoke from forest fires, smoke produced […]