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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 4,700 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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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This review is focused on tree seedling regeneration for several reasons. First, a high mortality event, like a high- severity wildfire, kills the mature trees needed to maintain forest cover. When fire-caused mortality is minimal, we are less concerned about tree regeneration, but a high severity fire creates the need for tree...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan, Kimberley T. Davis, Kerry Kemp, Jarod Blades
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Synthesis
Several recent studies have documented how fire severity affects the density and spatial patterns of tree regeneration in western North American ponderosa pine forests. However, less is known about the effects of fire severity on fine-scale tree regeneration niche attributes such as understory plant composition and cover, surface...
Author(s): Suzanne M. Owen, Carolyn Hull Sieg, Peter Z. Fule, Catherine A. Gehring, L. Scott Baggett, Jose M. Iniguez, Paula J. Fornwalt, Michael A. Battaglia
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Novel combinations of fire regime and forest type are emerging in areas affected by climate change, fire exclusion, and other stressors. Species interactions following wildfire in these areas are not well understood. In Sierra Nevada mixed‐conifer forests, large patches of stand‐replacing fire were once rare but are becoming...
Author(s): Carmen L. Tubbesing, Robert A. York, Scott L. Stephens, John J. Battles
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In subalpine forests of the western United States that historically experienced infrequent, high‐severity fire, whether fire management can shape 21st‐century fire regimes and forest dynamics to meet natural resource objectives is not known. Managed wildfire use (i.e., allowing lightning‐ignited fires to burn when risk is low...
Author(s): Winslow D. Hansen, Diane Abendroth, Werner Rammer, Rupert Seidl, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change is causing increased wildfire activity across the western US and creating post-fire conditions that are warmer and drier than they were in the past. Scientists and managers are concerned with the potential for post-fire tree recruitment failures in dry mixed-conifer forests. Tree seedlings are more sensitive to...
Author(s): Kimberley T. Davis, Lacey Hankin
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Lawson & C. Lawson) is a prominent tree species in forests of the western United States. Wildfire activity in ponderosa pine dominated or co-dominated forests has increased dramatically in recent decades, with these recent wildfires often burning in an uncharacteristic manner due to past land...
Author(s): Julie E. Korb, Paula J. Fornwalt, Camille Stevens-Rumann
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Species that are primarily seral may form stable (self‐sustaining) communities under certain disturbance regimes or environmental conditions, yet such populations may also be particularly vulnerable to ecological change. Aspen (Populus spp.) are generally considered seral throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including P. tremuloides...
Author(s): Douglas J. Shinneman, Susan K. McIlroy
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As highly productive and biologically diverse communities, healthy quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides; hereafter aspen) forests provide a wide range of ecosystem services across western North America. Western aspen decline during the last century has been attributed to several causes and their interactions, including altered fire...
Author(s): Stanley G. Kitchen, Patrick N. Behrens, Sherel Goodrich, Ashley Green, John Guyon, Mary H. O'Brien, David Tart
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Lawson & C. Lawson) is a prominent tree species in forests of the western United States. Wildfire activity in ponderosa pine dominated or co-dominated forests has increased dramatically in recent decades, with these recent wildfires often burning in an uncharacteristic manner due to past land...
Author(s): Julie E. Korb, Paula J. Fornwalt, Camille Stevens-Rumann
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Across the world, millions of hectares of forest are burned by wildfires each year. Satellite remote sensing, particularly when used in time series, can describe complex disturbance‐recovery processes, but is underutilized by ecologists. This study examines whether a greater disturbance magnitude equates to a longer recovery length...
Author(s): Samuel Hislop, Simon D. Jones, Mariela Soto-Berelov, Andrew K. Skidmore, Andrew Haywood, Trung H. Nguyen
Year Published: 2019
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).