As a science center of the U.S. Geological Survey, we develop and disseminate research-based information and tools needed for understanding the Nation’s biological resources in support of effective decision making.
Who We Are and What We Do
Faced with the complexities and growing urgency of natural resource issues, land and resource managers need information that is accurate, current, and usable. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) in Colorado fulfills this need by providing sound scientific data and technical assistance to Department of the Interior bureaus and other natural resource agencies.
- Our research and support staff of over 200 professionals work closely with federal, state, territorial, and tribal agencies; universities; and private organizations to generate science products and services relevant to clients’ needs. Although most staff work out of our center in Fort Collins, a number of scientists are collocated with federal and university partners to further collaborate efforts (see Contact Us for field offices).
- FORT science focuses on research and management questions in the realms of Aquatic Systems, Ecosystem Dynamics, Information Science, Invasive Species Science, Social and Economic Analysis, and Trust Species and Habitats.
- Our products and services include research reports and journal publications; predictive models, software, and decision tools; Web applications; maps and GIS products; seminars, workshops, and training; and technical assistance. Our News and Science Features highlight current activities and research on particular topics.
- Specialized facilities include the Molecular Ecology Laboratory, the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Science and Analysis, the Resource for Advanced Modeling, and the Aquatic Experimental Laboratory.
The Natural Resources Research Center
The Fort Collins Science Center headquarters building is located on the Natural Resources Research Center (NRRC) campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 30-acre NRRC campus employs more than 1,000 natural resource professionals in 5 office buildings and a shared fabrication shop on property leased from Colorado State University (CSU). Developed to support and enhance research on natural resources issues, the NRRC is a partnership among CSU, the U.S. General Services Administration, and six Federal agencies from the Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior. The NRRC collocation of agencies facilitates joint research opportunities, provides for shared resources, and enhances collaboration with the university's academic community.