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The Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory: a 50-year dedication to understanding wildlands and fire

Author(s): Diane M. Smith
Year Published: 2012
Description:

In 1960, the USDA Forest Service established the Northern Forest Fire Laboratory (now the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory) to find scientific solutions for better managing the nation's wildland resources and to research ways to improve forest fire prevention and suppression. This new state-of-the-art research facility did not emerge from a vacuum, however. This report explores the tradition of research within the Forest Service and how these early research programs, including fire-related research at the Priest River Experimental Forest, contributed to the establishment of the Fire Lab. This history also explores the role played by key events in shaping fire-related research.

Citation: Smith, Diane M. 2012. The Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory: a 50-year dedication to understanding wildlands and fire. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-270. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 62 p.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Human Dimensions of Fire Management, Organizational Culture & Identity
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 16347
FRAMES RCS number: 12229
Record updated: Jan 4, 2018