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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 4,800 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 Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, and seminars.

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Recent increases in fire frequency and severity across the western US are triggering abrupt changes in ecosystem structure and composition, especially in lower montane forests, but consequences of fire-regime change for mesic, mixed-conifer forests remain uncertain. Glacier National Park (Montana, USA) is characterized by a complex...
Author(s): Tyler J. Hoecker, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The western U.S. is experiencing increasing wildfire activity and warmer, drier climate conditions, with declining post-fire tree regeneration observed in many areas in recent years. Seedlings of mixed-conifer and subalpine forest species are sensitive to seasonal climate conditions, particularly in the first few years after a fire...
Author(s): Kyra D. Wolf, Kimberley T. Davis, Philip E. Higuera
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Background and objectives: The Great Basin Desert with its critical sage grouse habitat is at a “tipping point” wherein fires that were rare and patchy historically are increasing in frequency, size and severity. Wildfire is now the largest driver of ecosystem change accounting for more than 60% of all landscape transformations in...
Author(s): Branda Nowell
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Collaboration is increasingly emphasized as a tool to realize national-level policy goals in public lands management. Yet, collaborative governance regimes (CGRs) are nested within traditional bureaucracies and are affected by internal and external disruptions. The extent to which CGRs adapt and remain resilient to these disruptions...
Author(s): Tyler A. Beeton, Anthony S. Cheng, Melanie M. Colavito
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With the increasing frequency and severity of altered disturbance regimes in dry, western U.S. forests, treatments promoting resilience have become a management objective but have been difficult to define or operationalize. Many reconstruction studies of these forests when they had active fire regimes have documented very low tree...
Author(s): Malcolm P. North, Ryan Tompkins, Alexis Bernal, Brandon M. Collins, Scott L. Stephens, Robert A. York
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Many ecologically important high elevation five-needle white pine (HEFNP) forests that historically dominated upper subalpine landscapes of western North America are now being impacted by mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus spp.) outbreaks, the exotic disease white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola), and altered fire regimes....
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Anna W. Schoettle, Diana F. Tomback
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Of all terrestrial biomes, grasslands are losing the most biodiversity the most rapidly, so there is a critical need to document and learn from large-scale restoration successes. In the Loess Canyons ecoregion of the Great Plains, USA, an association of private ranchers and natural resource agencies has led a multi-decadal,...
Author(s): Caleb P. Roberts, Rheinhardt Scholtz, Dillon T. Fogarty, Dirac Twidwell, Thomas L. Jr. Walker
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We evaluated the effects of postfire management on forest structure in mixed-conifer forests of northeastern Washington, USA. Postfire treatments were harvest-only, harvest combined with planting, planting-only, and postfire prescribed fire. We used aerial light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to measure vertical and horizontal...
Author(s): C. Alina Cansler, Van R. Kane, Bryce N. Bartl-Geller, Derek J. Churchill, Paul F. Hessburg, Nicholas A. Povak, James A. Lutz, Jonathan T. Kane, Andrew J. Larson
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the western US, wildfires are modifying the structure, composition, and patterns of forested landscapes at rates that far exceed mechanical thinning and prescribed fire treatments. There are conflicting narratives as to whether these wildfires are restoring landscape resilience to future climate and wildfires. To evaluate the...
Author(s): Derek J. Churchill, Sean M.A. Jeronimo, Paul F. Hessburg, C. Alina Cansler, Nicholas A. Povak, Van R. Kane, James A. Lutz, Andrew J. Larson
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In fire-prone forests, postfire tree recovery may be limited by climate conditions and fire activity that exceed the range of conditions under which these forests evolved, leading to major shifts in forest structure and composition. Transformations of forest to sparse woodland, shrubland, or grassland are emerging in forests where...
Author(s): Tyler J. Hoecker, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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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).