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The mission of CRC is to facilitate research, education, and collaboration for understanding the interactive effects of land use and climate and developing management solutions that meet human needs while maintaining ecological viability on the Colorado Plateau and in semi-arid lands worldwide.

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Located at The Nature Conservancy's Dugout Ranch, the Center's facilities offer scientists and students housing and laboratory amenities as well as access to a wide range of natural study areas and land-use histories representative of the Colorado Plateau region.

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The CRC is dedicated to long-term research on the interactions between climate and land use in arid and semi-arid lands. The Study Area contains an array of environmental and management conditions -- an ideal location for research on the effects of climate on ecosystem processes and community dynamics.

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