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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 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, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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The US Endangered Species Act has enabled species conservation but has differentially impacted fire management and rare bird conservation in the southern and western US. In the South, prescribed fire and restoration‐based forest thinning are commonly used to conserve the endangered red‐cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis; RCW),...
Author(s): Scott L. Stephens, Leda N. Kobziar, Brandon M. Collins, Raymond J. Davis, Peter Z. Fule, William L. Gaines, Joseph L. Ganey, James M. Guldin, Paul F. Hessburg, J. Kevin Hiers, Serra Hoagland, John J. Keane, Ronald E. Masters, Ann E. McKellar, Warren G. Montague, Malcolm P. North, Thomas A. Spies
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent shifts in global forest area highlight the importance of understanding the causes and consequences of forest change. To examine the influence of several potential drivers of forest cover change, we used supervised classifications of historical (1938-1940) and contemporary (2015) aerial imagery covering a 2932‐km2 study area...
Author(s): Kyle Rodman, Thomas T. Veblen, Sara Saraceni, Teresa B. Chapman
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires have been increasing in frequency in the western United States (US) with the 2017 and 2018 fire seasons experiencing some of the worst wildfires in terms of suppression costs and air pollution that the western US has seen. Although growing evidence suggests respiratory exacerbations from elevated fine particulate matter (...
Author(s): Colleen Reid, Ellen M. Considine, Gregory L. Watson, Donatello Telesca, Gabriele G. Pfister, Michael Jerrett
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This chapter addresses Indigenous Fire Stewardship and cultural burning using several case studies applicable to wildland fire management in the Wildland-Urban Interface. Indigenous fire stewardship practices had the highest influence around settlements (e.g. permanent villages, seasonal camps) and travel corridors (i.e. trails and...
Author(s): Frank K. Lake, A. C. Christianson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest land managers rely on predictions of tree mortality generated from fire behavior models to identify stands for post-fire salvage and to design fuel reduction treatments that reduce mortality. A key challenge in improving the accuracy of these predictions is selecting appropriate wind and fuel moisture inputs. Our objective...
Author(s): Jason S. Barker, Jeremy S. Fried, Andrew N. Grey
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are increasing in frequency, severity, and size in many parts of the world. Forest fires can fundamentally affect snowpack and watershed hydrology by restructuring forest composition and structure. Topography is an important factor in snowpack accumulation and ablation as it influences exposure to solar radiation and...
Author(s): Jordan D. Maxwell, Anson Call, Samuel B. St. Clair
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background:Short-term post-fire field studies have shown that native shrub cover in chaparral ecosystems negatively affects introduced cover, which is influenced by burn severity, elevation, aspect, and climate. Using the southern California 2003 Old and Simi fires and the 2008 Sesnon Fire, we investigated the role of native shrubs...
Author(s): April G. Smith, Beth A. Newingham, Andrew T. Hudak, Benjamin C. Bright
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Western juniper occurs in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Nevada. Old-growth western juniper stands that established in presettlement times (before the 1870s) occur primarily on sites of low productivity such as claypan soils, rimrock, outcrops, the edges of mesas, and upper slopes. They are generally very open and often had...
Author(s): Janet L. Fryer, D. A. Tirmenstein
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Synthesis
Wildfires can drastically alter belowground processes such as organic matter (OM) decomposition. We used wood stakes of two different tree species, trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.), placed at three soil locations (soil surface, forest floor–mineral soil interface, mineral soil), as an...
Author(s): Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, Martin F. Jurgensen, Chris A. Miller, James B. Pickens, Joanne M. Tirocke
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recently, the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: a Second Notice was issued in response to ongoing and largely unabated environmental degradation due to anthropogenic activities. In the warning, humanity is urged to practice more environmentally sustainable alternatives to business as usual to avoid potentially catastrophic...
Author(s): Sean C. P. Coogan, Francois-Nicolas Robinne, Piyush Jain, Michael D. Flannigan
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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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).