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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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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service is recognized as a leader among Federal land management agencies in partnering collaboratively with American Indian and Alaska Native governments and indigenous communities. The Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) Deputy Area recognizes that working with tribes...
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
For many thousands of years, aboriginal peoples worldwide used fire to manage landscapes. In North America, the frequency and extent of fire (both human caused and natural) were much reduced after European colonization. Fire exclusion became the policy in the United States for most of the 20th century as the country became more...
Author(s): Gail Wells
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Native American tribes regard plants that have evolved with frequent fire and other natural resources as living cultural resources that provide, water, food, medicines, and other material goods while also sustaining tribal cultural traditions. Collaborations between management agencies and tribes and other Native American groups can...
Author(s): Frank K. Lake, Jonathan Long
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Indigenous people’s detailed traditional knowledge about fire, although superficially referenced in various writings, has not for the most part been analyzed in detail or simulated by resource managers, wildlife biologists, and ecologists. . . . Instead, scientists have developed the principles and theories of fire ecology, fire...
Author(s): Frank K. Lake
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
I examined the hypothesis that traditional social-ecological fire systems around the world include common elements of traditional fire knowledge (TFK). I defined TFK as fire-related knowledge, beliefs, and practices that have been developed and applied on specific landscapes for specific purposes by long time inhabitants. In all, 69...
Author(s): Mary R. Huffman
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change related impacts, such as increased frequency and intensity of wildfires, higher temperatures, extreme changes to ecosystem processes, forest conversion and habitat degradation are threatening tribal access to valued resources. Climate change is and will affect the quantity and quality of resources tribes depend upon...
Author(s): Garrett Voggesser, Kathy Lynn, John Daigle, Frank K. Lake, Darren Ranko
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Until recently, most contemporary ecologists have ignored or diminished anecdotal historical accounts and anthropologists' reports about aboriginal fire in the Great Basin. Literature review shows that Indians practiced regular use of fire for many purposes, including the obvious reasons of increasing the availability of desired...
Author(s): Kent J. McAdoo, Brad W. Schultz, Sherman R. Swanson
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
There has been little movement to systematically incorporate the study of indigenous landscape management practices the method and theory of hunter-gatherer research in North American archaeology, despite a growing interest in this The purposes of this article are twofold. One is to address why, until quite recently, archaeologists...
Author(s): Kent G. Lightfoot, Rob Q. Cuthrell, Chuck J. Striplen, Mark G. Hylkema
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Traditional knowledge is increasingly recognized as valuable for adaptation to climate change, bringing scientists and indigenous peoples together to collaborate and exchange knowledge. These partnerships can benefit both researchers and indigenous peoples through mutual learning and mutual knowledge generation. Despite these...
Author(s): Terry Williams, Preston Hardison
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A modified Fuel Characteristic and Classification System (FCCS) fuelbed was created for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of Montana. This crosswalk of data combined two principal sources of data: (1) locally the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Continuous Forest Inventory Data (CFI) and (2) nationally the US Forest...
Author(s): Laurel L. James
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis

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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).