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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.

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Downed woody material (DWM) is a key component in forest ecosystems with age, structure, and disturbance described as primary factors that influence DWM dynamics. In particular, much emphasis is placed on large coarse woody debris (CWD). Fine woody debris (FWD) (less than 7.62 cm diameter), duff, and litter also contribute to carbon...
Author(s): Andrew D. Giunta, John D. Shaw
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We examined spatial patterns of post-fire regenerating conifers in a Colorado, USA, dry conifer forest 11–12 years following the reintroduction of mixed-severity fire. We mapped and measured all post-fire regenerating conifers, as well as all other post-fire regenerating trees and all residual (i.e., surviving) trees, in three 4-ha...
Author(s): Sparkle L. Malone, Paula J. Fornwalt, Michael A. Battaglia, Marin Chambers, Jose M. Iniguez, Carolyn Hull Sieg
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Understanding burn severity is essential to provide an overview of the precursory conditions leading to fires as well as understanding the constraints placed on fire management services when mitigating their effects. Determining the minimum sampling frequency for ground measurements is not only essential for accurately assessing...
Author(s): Alexander W. Holmes, Christoph Rüdiger, Sarah Harris, Nigel J. Tapper
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Crown projection area (CPA) is a critical parameter in assessing inter-tree competition and estimating biomass volume. A multi-layer seeded region growing-based approach to the fully automated assessment of CPA based on 3D-point-clouds derived from terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) is presented. Independently repeated manual CPA-...
Author(s): Tim Ritter, Arne Nothdurft
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mastication is a wildland fuel treatment technique that is rapidly becoming popular with fire managers for fire hazard reduction projects, especially in areas where reducing fuels with prescribed fire is particularly challenging. Mastication is the process of mechanically modifying the live and dead surface and canopy biomass by...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Pamela G. Sikkink, Theresa B. Jain, James J. Reardon
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildfire behavior depends on the type, quantity, and condition of fuels, and the effect that bark beetle outbreaks have on fuels is a topic of current research and debate. Remote sensing can provide estimates of fuels across landscapes, although few studies have estimated surface fuels from remote sensing data. Here we predicted and...
Author(s): Benjamin C. Bright, Andrew T. Hudak, Arjan J. H. Meddens, Todd J. Hawbaker, Jennifer S. Briggs, Robert E. Kennedy
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ecological restoration treatments are being implemented at an increasing rate in ponderosa pine and other dry conifer forests across the western United States, via the USDA Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program. In this program, collaborative stakeholder groups work with National Forests (NFs) to...
Author(s): Jennifer S. Briggs, Paula J. Fornwalt, Jonas A. Feinstein
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
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
Fire may remove or create dead wood aboveground, but it is less clear how high severity burning of soils affects belowground microbial communities and soil processes, and for how long. In this study, we investigated soil fungal and bacterial communities and biogeochemical responses of severely burned “red” soil and less severely...
Author(s): Jane E. Smith, Laurel A. Kluber, Tara N. Jennings, Donaraye McKay, Greg Brenner, Elizabeth W. Sulzman
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).