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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 3,600 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).

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We examined spatial patterns of post-fire regenerating conifers in a Colorado, USA, dry conifer forest 11–12 years following the reintroduction of mixed-severity fire. We mapped and measured all post-fire regenerating conifers, as well as all other post-fire regenerating trees and all residual (i.e., surviving) trees, in three 4-ha...
Author(s): Sparkle L. Malone, Paula J. Fornwalt, Michael A. Battaglia, Marin Chambers, Jose M. Iniguez, Carolyn Hull Sieg
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Reestablishment of perennial vegetation is often needed after wildfires to limit exotic species and restore ecosystem services. However, there is growing body of evidence that questions if seeding after wildfires increases perennial vegetation and reduces exotic plants. The concern that seeding may not meet restoration goals is even...
Author(s): Kirk W. Davies, Jonathan D. Bates, Chad S. Boyd
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large, spatially explicit forest plots have the potential to address currently understudied aspects of fire ecology and management, including the validation of physics-based fire behavior models and next-generation fire effects models. Pre-fire forest structures, fire-mediated mortality, and post-fire forest development can be...
Author(s): James A. Lutz, Andrew J. Larson, Mark E. Swanson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Understanding the implications of shifts in disturbance regimes for plants and pollinators is essential for successful land management. Wildfires are essential natural disturbances that are important drivers of forest biodiversity, and there is often pressure to respond to wildfire with management like post-wildfire logging (i.e.,...
Author(s): Laura J. Heil, Laura A. Burkle
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires, insect outbreaks, and windstorms are increasingly common forest disturbances. Post-disturbance management often involves salvage logging, i.e., the felling and removal of the affected trees; however, this practice may represent an additional disturbance with effects on ecosystem processes and services. We developed a...
Author(s): Alexandro B. Leverkus, José María Rey Benayas, Jorge Castro, Dominique Boucher, Stephen Brewer, Brandon M. Collins, Daniel C. Donato, Shawn Fraver, Barbara E. Kishchuk, Eun-Jae Lee, David B. Lindenmayer, Emanuele Lingua, Ellen Macdonald, Raffaella Marzano, Charles C. Rhoades, Alejandro A. Royo, Simon Thorn, Joseph W. Wagenbrenner, Kaysandra Waldron, Thomas Wohlgemuth, Lena Gustafsson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Setting suitable conservation targets is an important part of ecological fire planning. Growth-stage optimisation (GSO) determines the relative proportions of post-fire growth stages (categorical representations of time since fire) that maximise species diversity, and is a useful method for determining such targets. Optimisation...
Author(s): Matthew Swan, Holly Sitters, Jane G. Cawson, Thomas J. Duff, Yohannes Wibisono, Alan York
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The 2010 Church’s Park Fire burned beetle-killed lodgepole pine stands in Colorado, including recently salvage-logged areas, creating a fortuitous opportunity to compare the effects of salvage logging, wildfire and the combination of logging followed by wildfire. Here, we examine tree regeneration, surface fuels, understory plants,...
Author(s): Charles C. Rhoades, Kristen Pelz, Paula J. Fornwalt, Brett Wolk, Anthony S. Cheng
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Seed mixes used for post-fire seeding in the Great Basin are often selected based on short-term rehabilitation objectives, such as ability to rapidly establish and suppress invasive exotic annuals that drive altered fire-regimes via fine build-up (e.g. cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum L.), but longer-term considerations are also...
Author(s): Francis F. Kilkenny, Jeffrey E. Ott, Daniel D. Summers, Tyler W. Thompson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Models based on functional traits have limited power in predicting how animal populations respond to disturbance because they do not capture the range of demographic and biological factors that drive population dynamics, including variation in trophic interactions. I tested the hypothesis that successional changes in vegetation...
Author(s): Annabel L. Smith
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Following wildfire, mountainous areas of the western United States are susceptible to debris flow during intense rainfall. Convective storms that can generate debris flows in recently burned areas may occur during or immediately after the wildfire, leaving insufficient time for development and implementation of risk mitigation...
Author(s): Dennis M. Staley, Anne Tillery, Jason W. Kean, Luke A. McGuire, Hannah E. Pauling, Francis K. Rengers, Joel B. Smith
Year Published: 2018
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).