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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 2,900 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive.

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Native American land management practices could revive the processes needed to maintain the classic ecosystems and cultural integrity of our nation parks.
Author(s): M. Kat Anderson, Michael G. Barbour
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article highlights the findings of the literature on aboriginal fire from the human- and the land-centered disciplines, and suggests that the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples be incorporated into plans for reintroducing fire to the nation's forests. Traditional knowledge represents the outcome of long experimentation...
Author(s): R.W. Kimmerer, Frank K. Lake
Year Published: 2001
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
It is now widely acknowledged that frequent low-intensity fires once structured many western forests. What is not generally recognized, however, is that most of those fires were purposefully set by native people, not started by lightning. Data from the Rocky Mountains attest to the widespread use of fire by native people, as does...
Author(s): Charles E. Kay
Year Published: 2000
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
A fire history investigation was conducted for three forest community types in the Absaroka Mountains of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Master fire chronologies were based on fire-initiated age classes and tree fire scars. The area's major forest type, lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. var. latifolia) ecosystems, revealed a...
Author(s): Stephen W. Barrett
Year Published: 1994
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The importance of fire as an ecological disturbance in the Northern Rockies is well accepted. Lightning is generally thought to have been the main source of ignition prior to settlement by Europeans. But writings of explorers and pioneers mention deliberate burning by Indians frequently enough to warrant an investigation of its...
Author(s): Stephen W. Barrett, Stephen F. Arno
Year Published: 1982
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Presents preliminary results of a two-year study examining the pattern of Indian fires in western Montana's lower elevation forests. Interviews and historic journals were used to reconstruct the characteristics of aboriginal burning. Fire scar data from paired stands indicate substantial differences in fire frequency between Indian...
Author(s): Stephen W. Berrett
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Researchers from the USFS PNW Research Station and Case Research synthesized model projections of changes in vegetation and fire across tribal lands in the PNW. They will demonstrate how these changes will impact economically and culturally important ecosystem services and how this information can be used for adaptation planning.
Type: Media : Webinar
In this webinar, Frank Lake, Research Ecologist with the Pacific Southwest Research Station presented findings from the 2014 Crafting Solutions for Wildland and Prescribed Fires Across Tribal and Nontribal Jurisdictions workshop and the 2012 Celebrating Traditional Knowledge and Fire workshop to investigate how...
Type: Media : Webinar
In this webinar, Tamara Wall of the Desert Research Institute presented on a pilot project to gather Traditional Knowledge that will aid identifying adaptation strategies to increase resiliency to climate change in the Great Basin, an area already struggling with profound environmental challenges. This project uses a method of naïve...
Type: Media : Webinar
Part 3 of 3. How can agencies, institutions and tribal cultures communicate about issues that relate to ecology and lifeways when the terms can mean different things? Is it learning how to talk or how to listen?
Type: Media : Video

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).