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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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Isolated wilderness ecosystems with a history of frequent, low-severity fires have been altered due to many decades of fire exclusion and, as a result, are difficult to restore for philosophical and logistical reasons. In this paper, we describe the successional conditions of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) communities along the...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Stephen F. Arno, Laura J. Dickinson
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The resource heterogeneity hypothesis (RHH) is frequently cited in the ecological literature as an important mechanism for maintaining species diversity. The RHH has rarely been evaluated in the context of restoration ecology in which a commonly cited goal is to restore diversity. In this study we focused on the spatial...
Author(s): Michael J. Gundale, Thomas H. DeLuca, Carl E. Fiedler, Kerry L. Metlen
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ponderosa pine is one of the most widely distributed tree species in western North America. It is highly-valued as a source of lumber, but also is key to the health and social value western forests, whether growing in pure stands or in mixture with other conifer and hardwood species. In recent years, management objectives for...
Author(s): Russell T. Graham, Theresa B. Jain
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
The management of fire-prone forests is one of the most controversial natural resource issues in the US today, particularly in the west of the country. Although vegetation and wildlife in these forests are adapted to fire, the historical range of fire frequency and severity was huge. When fire regimes are altered by human activity,...
Author(s): Reed F. Noss, Jerry F. Franklin, William L. Baker, Tania L. Schoennagel, Peter B. Moyle
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We summarize the documented and potential impacts of salvage logging—a form of logging that removes trees and other biological material from sites after natural disturbance. Such operations may reduce or eliminate biological legacies, modify rare postdisturbance habitats, influence populations, alter community composition, impair...
Author(s): D.B. Lindenmeyer, Reed F. Noss
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildlife managers often resort to prescribed fire to restore sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems thought to have been affected by fire exclusion. However, a fire mosaic of burned and unburned areas may be tolerated by certain wildlife but can be detrimental to sagebrush obligates. This article assesses evidence about the...
Author(s): William L. Baker
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The study site is located at the University of Montana's Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Missoula County, Montana, USA. This study is 1 of 13 in a nationwide network of Fire/Fire Surrogate (FFS) studies investigating the interdisciplinary effects of treatments designed to reduce fire hazard and restore the structure and function of...
Author(s): Kerry L. Metlen, Erich K. Dodson, Carl E. Fiedler
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
This paper reviews general literature, research studies, field observations, and standard Forest Service survival surveys of high-elevation whitebark pine plantations and presents a set of guidelines for outplanting prescriptions. When planting whitebark pine, the recommendations are: 1) reduce overstory competition; 2) reduce...
Author(s): Joe H. Scott, Ward W. McCaughey
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Low-elevation ponderosa pine ecosystems of the inland northwestern United States experienced frequent, low-severity fire that promoted open stands dominated by large diameter ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa). Fire exclusion has led to increased stand densities, often due to proliferation of less fire-tolerant species and an...
Author(s): Michael J. Gundale, Thomas H. DeLuca, Carl E. Fiedler, Philip W. Ramsey, Michael G. Harrington, James E. Gannon
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The processes of vegetation change over time, or plant succession, are also the processes involved in plant community restoration. Restoration efforts attempt to use designed disturbance, seedbed preparation and sowing methods, and selection of adapted and compatible native plant materials to enhance ecological function. The large...
Author(s): Bruce A. Roundy
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Synthesis

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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).