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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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Identifying where animals come from during population recovery can help to understand the impacts of disturbance events and regimes on species distributions and genetic diversity. Alternative recovery processes for animal populations affected by fire include external recolonization, nucleated recovery from refuges, or in situ...
Author(s): Sam C. Banks, Lachlan McBurney, David Blair, Ian D. Davies, David B. Lindenmayer
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Salvage logging following windthrow is common throughout forests worldwide even though the practice is often considered inimical to forest recovery. Because salvaging removes trees, crushes seedlings, and compacts soils, many warn this practice may delay succession, suppress diversity, and alter composition. Here, over 8 yr...
Author(s): Alejandro A. Royo, Chris J. Peterson, John Stuart Stanovick, Walter P. Carson
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy (hereafter Strategy, DOI 2015) outlined the need for coordinated, science-based adaptive management to achieve long-term protection, conservation, and restoration of the sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystem. A key component of this management approach is the...
Author(s): Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy Actionable Science Plan Team
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Management or Planning Document
The environmental effect of extreme soil heating, such as occurs with the complete combustion of large downed wood during wildfires, is a post-fire management concern to forest managers. To address this knowledge gap, we stacked logs to create ‘mega-log’ burning conditions and compared the temperature, duration and penetration of...
Author(s): Jane E. Smith, Ariel D. Cowan, Stephen A. Fitzgerald
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Severe wildfires create pulses of dead trees that influence future fuel loads, fire behavior, and fire effects as they decay and deposit surface woody fuels. Harvesting fire-killed trees may reduce future surface woody fuels and related fire hazards, but the magnitude and timing of post-fire logging effects on woody fuels have not...
Author(s): David W. Peterson, Erich K. Dodson, Richy J. Harrod
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Post-fire salvage logging adds another set of environmental effects to recently burned areas, and previous studies have reported varying impacts on vegetation, soil disturbance, and sediment production with limited data on the underlying processes. Our objectives were to determine how: (1) ground-based post-fire logging affects...
Author(s): Joseph W. Wagenbrenner, Lee H. MacDonald, Robert N. Coats, Peter R. Robichaud, Robert E. Brown
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
If you are a curious reader with a knack for the analytical, you may be asking yourself, Why start a book about fire ecology with a mythological figure? And if you are a tried-and-true scientist, like we are, you may also be asking, Isn’t it a bit risky to mix myth with science, fact with fiction, observation with mystique, nature...
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Preparation is key to utilizing Earth Observations and process-based models to support post-wildfire mitigation. Post-fire flooding and erosion can pose a serious threat to life, property and municipal water supplies. Increased runoff and sediment delivery due to the loss of surface cover and fire-induced changes in soil...
Author(s): Mary Ellen Miller, Michael Billmire, William J. Elliot, Kevin A. Endsley, Peter R. Robichaud
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Post-fire salvage logging is typically proposed as a means of recovering some of the lost economic value in dead or damaged trees. The ecological consequences of salvage, however, are often considered negative from the perspective of soils, hydrology, and wildlife habitat resources, although species responses do vary. Early...
Author(s): Matthew J. Reilly, Thomas A. Spies, Paul F. Hessburg
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Harvest of dead timber following wildfire is contentious because of a perception that the benefits are outweighed by environmental costs. One primary concern is the potential for increased erosion susceptibility associated with timber extraction (i.e. salvage logging) and site preparation. We measured erosion at the Timbered Rock...
Author(s): Robert A. Slesak, Stephen H. Schoenholtz, Daniel Evans
Year Published: 2015
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).