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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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Fire can cause profound changes in the composition and abundance of plant and animal species, but logistics, unpredictability of weather, and inherent danger make it nearly impossible to study high-severity fire effects experimentally. We took advantage of a unique opportunity to use a before-after/control-impact (BACI) approach to...
Author(s): Kristina M. Smucker, Richard L. Hutto, Brian M. Steele
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The widespread occurrence of big sagebrush can be attributed to many adaptive features. Big sagebrush plays an essential role in its communities by providing wildlife habitat, modifying local environmental conditions, and facilitating the reestablishment of native herbs. Currently, however, many sagebrush steppe communities are...
Author(s): Cindy R. Lysne
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Synthesis
The ponderosa pine ecosystems of the West have change dramatically since Euro-American settlement 140 years ago due to past land uses and the curtailment of natural fire. Today, ponderosa pine forests contain overabundance of fuel, and stand densities have increased from a range of 49-124 trees ha-1 (20-50 trees acre-1) to a range...
Author(s): Stephen A. Fitzgerald
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Synthesis
Crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum sensu amplo [L.] Gaertn.) is an introduced, caespitose grass that has been seeded on millions of acres of Western rangelands. In some areas, crested wheatgrass seedings overlap with critical sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; C. minimus) habitat, raising the question of how plant...
Author(s): Michael L. Pellant, Cindy R. Lysne
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Synthesis
Declines in habitat of greater sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse across the western United States are related to degradation, loss, and fragmentation of sagebrush ecosystems resulting from development of agricultural lands, grazing practices, changes in wildfire regimes, increased spread of invasive species, gas and oil...
Author(s): Nancy L. Shaw, Michael L. Pellant, Stephen B. Monsen
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
The sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystem once occupied over 150 million acres of western North America (Barbour and Billings 1988). The ecosystem still occupies over 100 million acres (Connelly et al. 2004, Wisdom et al. 2005), but the abundance and condition of sagebrush communities is declining rapidly in response to a variety of...
Author(s): Michael J. Wisdom, Mary M. Rowland, Robin J. Tausch
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lower elevation ponderosa pine ecosystems of the Rocky Mountain West (U.S.) historically experienced a frequent, low- intensity fire regime that promoted dominance of large diameter ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa). An abrupt change in this historical disturbance regime occurred upon Euro-American settlement of the West in the late...
Author(s): Michael J. Gundale
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
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Author(s): Merrill R. Kaufmann, Kevin C. Ryan, Peter Z. Fule, William H. Romme
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Pioneers traveling along the Oregon Trail from western Nebraska, through Wyoming and southern Idaho and into eastern Oregon, referred to their travel as an 800 mile journey through a sea of sagebrush, mainly big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). Today approximately 50 percent of the sagebrush sea has given way to agriculture, cities...
Author(s): Bruce L. Welch
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This paper describes methods of managing or seeding to restore big sagebrush communities for wildlife habitat. The focus is on three big sagebrush subspecies, Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis), basin big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata), and mountain big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata...
Author(s): Scott M. Lambert
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).