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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 4,000 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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Today, many tribes wish to use traditional knowledge (TK) and cultural burns in a contemporary setting to address issues of wildland fire and fuel management that have risen as a result of fire suppression policies. Here, the term TK is used in place of “TEK”, or traditional ecological knowledge, as TK is a more inclusive term that...
Author(s): Hannah Lopez, Frank K. Lake, Vita Wright
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Fire use has played an important role in human evolution and subsequent dispersals across the globe, yet the relative importance of human activity and climate on fire regimes is controversial. This is particularly true for historical fire regimes of the Americas, where indigenous groups used fire for myriad reasons but paleofire...
Author(s): Christopher I. Roos, María Nieves Zedeño, Mary M. H. Erlick
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We examined the relationships between lightning-fire-prone environments, socioeconomic metrics, and documented use of broadcast fire by small-scale hunter-gatherer societies. Our approach seeks to re-assess human-fire dynamics in biomes that are susceptible to lightning-triggered fires. We quantify global lightning-fire-prone...
Author(s): Michael R. Coughlan, Brian I. Magi, Kelly M. Derr
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Indigenous and sustainability sciences have much to offer one another regarding the identification of techniques and methods for sustaining resilient landscapes. Based upon the literature, and our findings, it is evident that some Indigenous peoples have maintained distinct systematic, localized, and place-based environmental...
Author(s): Jay T. Johnson, Richard Howitt, Gregory Cajete, Fikret Berkes, Renee Pualani Louis, Andrew D. Kliskey
Year Published: 2016
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

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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).