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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 4,800 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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Worldwide, Indigenous peoples are leading the revitalization of their/our cultures through the restoration of ecosystems in which they are embedded, including in response to increasing “megafires.” Concurrently, growing Indigenous-led movements are calling for governments to implement Indigenous rights, titles and treaties, and many...
Author(s): Sarah Dickson-Hoyle, Ronald E. Ignace, Marianne B. Ignace, Shannon M. Hagerman, Lori D. Daniels
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The revitalization of cultural burning is a priority for many Native American tribes and for agencies and organizations that recognize the cultural and ecological importance of this practice. Traditional fire practitioners are working to resist the impact of settler colonialism and reestablish cultural burning to promote traditional...
Author(s): Chris Adlam, Diana Almendariz, Ron Goode, Deniss Martinez, Beth Rose Middleton
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest landscapes across western North America (wNA) have experienced extensive changes over the last two centuries, while climatic warming has become a global reality over the last 4 decades. Resulting interactions between historical increases in forested area and density and recent rapid warming, increasing insect mortality, and...
Author(s): Paul F. Hessburg, Susan J. Prichard, R. Keala Hagmann, Nicholas A. Povak, Frank K. Lake
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Over millennia, many indigenous and Tribal peoples in North America’s fire-prone ecosystems developed sophisticated relationships with wildland fire that continue today. This article introduces philosophical, conceptual, and operational approaches to working with American Indians through research and management partnerships in the...
Author(s): Frank K. Lake
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The intersection of expanding human development and wildland landscapes—the “wildland–urban interface” or WUI—is one of the most vexing contexts for fire management because it involves complex interacting systems of people and nature. Here, we document the dynamism and stability of an ancient WUI that was apparently sustainable for...
Author(s): Christopher I. Roos, Thomas W. Swetnam, T. J. Ferguson, Matthew J. Liebmann, Rachel A. Loehman, John R. Welch, Ellis Q. Margolis, Christopher H. Guiterman, William C. Hockaday, Michael J. Aiuvalasit, Jenna Battillo, Josh Farella, Christopher A. Kiahtipes
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Indigenous communities in the Pacific West of North America have long depended on fire to steward their environments, and they are increasingly asserting the importance of cultural burning to achieve goals for ecological and social restoration. We synthesized literature regarding objectives and effects of cultural burning in this...
Author(s): Jonathan Long, Frank K. Lake, Ron Goode
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large and severe wildfires are becoming increasingly common worldwide and are having extraordinary impacts on people and the species and ecosystems on which they depend. Indigenous peoples comprise only 5% of the world’s population but protect approximately 85% of the world’s biodiversity through stewardship of Indigenous-managed...
Author(s): Kira M. Hoffman, Emma L. Davis, Sara B. Wickham, Kyle Schang, Alexandra Johnson, Taylor Larking, Patrick N. Lauriault, Nhu Quynh Le, Emily Swerdfager, Andrew J. Trant
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Catastrophic and unprecedented wildfires have unfolded across fire-prone landscapes globally over the last three years, with highly publicized loss of human life, property destruction and ecological transformation. Indigenous peoples within many nations have persuasively argued that traditional fire management can enhance existing...
Author(s): Will Smith, Timothy Neale, Jessica K. Weir
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Although increasing concern about climate change has raised awareness of the fundamental role of forest ecosystems, forests are threatened by human-induced impacts worldwide. Among them, wildfire risk is clearly the result of the interaction between human activities, ecological domains, and climate. However, a clear understanding of...
Author(s): Ingrid Vigna, Angelo Besana, Elena Comino, Alessandro Pezzoli
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Culture influences how fire is perceived and managed in societies. An increasing risk of catastrophic wildfire has shifted political and academic attention on the use of Indigenous fire management (IFM) as an alternative to the common fire suppression paradigm. However, what is IFM? Here we conduct a conceptual framework analysis of...
Author(s): William Nikolakis, Emma Roberts
Year Published: 2020
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).