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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 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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Mastication is becoming a common fuel treatment method in forests and shrublands of the United States, especially where prescribed fire or mechanical fuel removal is difficult. Such sites are often located in the wildland urban interface (WUI) where fuel treatments must be carefully administered because of the risk to nearby...
Author(s): Pamela G. Sikkink
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Mastication is a silvicultural technique that grinds, shreds, or chops trees or shrubs into pieces and redistributes the biomass onto the forest floor to form a layer of woody debris. Unlike other fuel treatments that remove this biomass, masticated biomass often remains on site, which increases total fuel loading and causes concern...
Author(s): Pamela G. Sikkink, Theresa B. Jain, James J. Reardon, Faith A. Heinsch, Robert E. Keane, Bret W. Butler, Scott L. Baggett
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Invasive woody plant expansion is a primary threat driving fragmentation and loss of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) and prairie habitats across the central and western United States. Expansion of native woody plants, including conifer (primarily Juniperus spp.) and mesquite (Prosopis spp.), over the past century is...
Author(s): Michael J. Falkowski, Jeffrey S. Evans, David E. Naugle, Christian A. Hagen, Scott A. Carleton, Jeremy D. Maestas, Azad Henareh Khalyani, Aaron J. Poznanovic, Andrew J. Lawrence
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
It is generally assumed that severe disturbances predispose damaged forests to high fire hazard by creating heavy fuel loading conditions. Of special concern is the perception that surface fuel loadings become high as recently killed trees deposit foliage and woody material on the ground and that these high fuel loadings may cause...
Author(s): Christine Stalling, Robert E. Keane, Molly L. Retzlaff
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy recognizes that wildfire is a necessary natural process in many ecosystems and strives to reduce conflicts between fire-prone landscapes and people. In an effort to mitigate potential negative wildfire impacts proactively, the Forest Service fuels program reduces wildland fuels...
Author(s): Nicole M. Vaillant, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Management in fire-prone ecosystems relies widely upon application of prescribed fire and/or firesurrogate (e.g., forest thinning) treatments to maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function. The literature suggests fire and mechanical treatments proved more variable in their effects on understory vegetation as compared to their...
Author(s): Joshua Willms, Anne Bartuszevige, Dylan W. Schwilk, Patricia L. Kennedy
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Understanding the drivers of ecosystem responses to disturbance is essential for management aimed at maintaining or restoring ecosystem processes and services, especially where invasive species respond strongly to disturbance. In this study, we used repeat vegetation surveys from a network of prescribed fire treatments at the...
Author(s): Alexandra K. Urza, Peter J. Weisberg, Jeanne C. Chambers, Jessica M. Dhaemers, David Board
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Widespread tree mortality from mountain pine beetle (MPB; Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) outbreaks has prompted forest management activities to reduce crown fire hazard in the Rocky Mountain region. However, little is known about how beetle-related salvage logging and biomass utilization options affect woody surface fuel loads and...
Author(s): Paul R. Hood, Kellen N. Nelson, Charles C. Rhoades, Daniel B. Tinker
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An understanding of the long-term vegetation structure, patterns of fuel succession, and potential for reburn in sagebrush-dominated ecosystems is important for managing the landscape at a temporal scale that is appropriate for the ecological interactions in these systems. Our overarching research objective was to fill existing...
Author(s): Lisa M. Ellsworth, J. Boone Kauffman
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Deadwood in forests influences fire intensity, stores carbon and nutrients, and provides wildlife habitat. We used a 54-year-old density management experiment in Larix occidentalis Nutt. forests to evaluate density dependence of woody detritus accumulation. Based on self-thinning theory, we expected woody detritus produced by the...
Author(s): Michael S. Schaedel, Andrew J. Larson, Cullen J. Weisbrod, Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2017
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).