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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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Our knowledge of what animals do when humans aren’t around has steadily increased over the last 50 years. For example, we know now that animals use tools in their daily lives. Chimps use twigs to fish for termites; sea otters break open shellfish on rocks they selected; octopi carry coconut shell halves to later use as shelters. But...
Author(s): George Nicholas
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Traditional knowledge about fire and its effects held by indigenous people, who are connected to specific landscapes, holds promise for informing contemporary fire and fuels management strategies and augmenting knowledge and information derived from western science. In practice, however, inadequate means to organize and communicate...
Author(s): Brooke Baldauf McBride, Fernando Sanchez-Trigueros, Stephen J. Carver, Alan E. Watson, Roian Matt, William T. Borrie, Linda Moon Stumpff
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
North American tribes have traditional knowledge about fire effects on ecosystems, habitats, and resources. For millennia, tribes have used fire to promote valued resources. Sharing our collective understanding of fire, derived from traditional and western knowledge systems, can benefit landscapes and people. We organized two...
Author(s): Frank K. Lake, Vita Wright, Penelope Morgan, Mary E. McFadzen, Dave McWethy, Camille Stevens-Rumann
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Non-Indigenous understandings of ‘fire-stick farming’ have historically existed not as anthropological curiosities but as political incendiaries, as competing interest groups have attempted to publically appropriate or deny Indigenous burning in environmental debates and discourse. My PhD research investigates the political and...
Author(s): Daniel May
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A growing body of literature examines the vulnerability, risk, resilience, and adaptation of indigenous peoples to climate change. This synthesis of literature brings together research pertaining to the impacts of climate change on sovereignty, culture, health, and economies that are currently being experienced by Alaska Native and...
Author(s): Kathryn Norton-Smith, Kathy Lynn, Karletta Chief, Karen Cozzetto, Jamie Donatuto, Margaret Hiza Redsteer, Linda E. Kruger, Julie Maldonado, Carson Viles, Kyle P. Whyte
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
USDA Forest Service R&D has been conducting research for many years with tribes and in Indian country and has collaboratively developed the USDA Forest Service Research and Development Tribal Engagement Roadmap (Tribal Engagement Roadmap) to help highlight and prioritize the agency’s efforts and raise the visibility of tribal...
Author(s): Tania Ellersick
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The field of adaptive management has been embraced by researchers and managers in the United States as an approach to improve natural resource stewardship in the face of uncertainty and complex environmental problems. Integrating multiple knowledge sources and feedback mechanisms is an important step in this approach. Our objective...
Author(s): Christopher A. Armatas, Tyron J. Venn, Brooke Baldauf McBride, Alan E. Watson, Stephen J. Carver
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article reviews social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in Australia, Canada and the United States after the year 2000 and explores future research needs in the field. In these three countries, social science research exploring contemporary Indigenous wildfire management has been limited although there have...
Author(s): Amy Christianson
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire-use and the scale and character of its effects on landscapes remain hotly debated in the paleo- and historical-fire literature. Since the second half of the nineteenth century, anthropology and geography have played important roles in providing theoretical propositions and testable hypotheses for advancing understandings of the...
Author(s): Michael R. Coughlan
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Do qualitative classifications of ecological conditions for harvesting culturally important forest plants correspond to quantitative differences among sites? To address this question, we blended scientific methods (SEK) and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) to identify conditions on sites considered good, marginal, or poor for...
Author(s): Susan S. Hummel, Frank K. Lake
Year Published: 2015
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).