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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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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Fire-prone dry forests often face increasing fires from climate change with low resistance and resilience due to logging of large, old fire-resistant trees. Their restoration across large landscapes is constrained by limited mature trees, physical settings, and protection. Active restoration has been costly and shown limited...
Author(s): William L. Baker
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change is projected to exacerbate the intensity of heat-waves and drought, leading to greater incidences of large and high-intensity wildfires in forested ecosystems. While commonly-used remotely-sensed spectral assessments can provide useful information about the areal extent of fires and resultant changes in vegetation...
Author(s): Alex W. Kirkpatrick
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Sexual regeneration is increasingly recognized as an important regeneration pathway for aspen in the western U.S., a region previously thought to be too dry for seedling establishment except for during unusually wet periods. Due to this historical assumption, information on aspen seedling establishment and factors influencing its...
Author(s): Mark R. Kreider, Larissa L. Yocom
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent dramatic and deadly increases in global wildfire activity have increased attention on the causes of wildfires, their consequences, and how risk from wildfire might be mitigated. Here we bring together data on the changing risk and societal burden of wildfire in the United States. We estimate that nearly 50 million homes are...
Author(s): Marshall Burke, Anne Driscoll, Sam Heft-Neal, Jiani Xue, Jennifer Burney, Michael Wara
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Unforeseen Events and Climate Variability: How do land management decisions shape landscapes decades into the future? With the influence of climate change and its associated stressors, it's an increasingly thorny question. According to Paulette Ford, a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Albuquerque, New...
Author(s): Jessica M. Brewen
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
The combination of drought and fire can cause drastic changes in forest composition and structure. Given the predictions of more frequent and severe droughts and forecasted increases in fire size and intensity in the western United States, we assessed the impact of drought and different fire intensities on Pinus ponderosa saplings....
Author(s): Raquel Partelli-Feltrin, Daniel M. Johnson, Aaron M. Sparks, Henry D. Adams, Crystal A. Kolden, Andrew S. Nelson, Alistair M. S. Smith
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Globally, the mean abundance of terrestrial animals has fallen by 50% since 1970, and populations face ongoing threats associated with habitat loss, fragmentation, climate change and disturbance. Climate change can influence the quality of remaining habitat directly, and indirectly by precipitating increases in the extent, frequency...
Author(s): Holly Sitters, Julian Di Stefano
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Drought and warming increasingly are causing widespread tree die-offs and extreme wildfires. Forest managers are struggling to improve anticipatory forest management practices given more frequent, extensive, and severe wildfire and tree die-off events triggered by “hotter drought”—drought under warmer than historical conditions. Of...
Author(s): Jason P. Field, David D. Breshears, John Bradford, Darin J. Law, Xiao Feng, Craig D. Allen
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Complex, reciprocal interactions among climate, disturbance, and vegetation dramatically alter spatial landscape patterns and influence ecosystem dynamics. As climate and disturbance regimes shift, historical analogs and past empirical studies may not be entirely appropriate as templates for future management. The need for a better...
Author(s): Rachel A. Loehman, Robert E. Keane, Lisa M. Holsinger
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Local and regional species extirpations may become more common as changing climate and disturbance regimes accelerate species’ in situ range contractions. Identifying locations that function as both climate and disturbance refugia is critical for biodiversity conservation. Here, we investigate the persistence of a disjunct, fire-...
Author(s): William M. Downing, James D. Johnston, Meg A. Krawchuk, Andrew G. Merschel, Joseph H. Rausch
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).