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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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Fuel reduction projects are designed to reduce wildfire hazard, but goals can also include ecological restoration, wildlife habitat enhancement, and forest health improvement. In the U.S. northern Rocky Mountains, ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests cover over eight million hectares (≈20 million acres). Before European settlement,...
Author(s): Sharon M. Hood, Duncan C. Lutes, Christopher R. Keyes, Anna Sala
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
The idea that not all fire regimes are created equal is a central theme in fire research and conservation. Fire frequency (i.e., temporal scale) is likely the most studied fire regime attribute as it relates to conservation of fireadapted ecosystems. Generally, research converges on fire frequency as the primary filter in plant...
Author(s): David Mason, Marcus A. Lashley
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is a powerful environmental disturbance with the ability to shape many biomes worldwide. However, global warming, land-use changes and other anthropogenic factors have strongly altered natural fire regimes worldwide. Despite the growing number of studies evaluating the effects of fire on biodiversity, little is understood about...
Author(s): Amanda Gomes dos Anjos, Mirco Solé, Maíra Benchimol
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The safety during prescribed burnings could be achieved by conducting these operations under marginal conditions of fire propagation. This type of fire can or cannot propagate on account of small deviations of the burning conditions, mainly the wind speed, the fuel load, and the fuel moisture-content. In this context, numerical...
Author(s): Carmen Awad, N. Frangieh, Thierry Marcelli, Gilbert Accary, D. Morvan, Sofiane Meradji, François Joseph Chatelon, Jean Louis Rossi
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent wildland fire disasters have attracted interest from a variety of disciplines seeking to reduce impacts of fire on people and natural resources. Architecture, insurance and reinsurance, city and county government, and engineering sectors have contributed ideas to mitigate or avoid damage during wildland fires. This paper...
Author(s): Mark A. Finney
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire and fuel management is a high priority in North American sagebrush ecosystems where the expansion of piñon and juniper trees and the invasion of nonnative annual grasses are altering fire regimes and resulting in loss of sagebrush species and habitat. We evaluated 10‐yr effects of woody fuel treatments on sagebrush recruitment...
Author(s): Jeanne C. Chambers, Alexandra K. Urza, David Board, Richard F. Miller, David A. Pyke, Bruce A. Roundy, Eugene Schupp, Robin J. Tausch
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
While managed fire often produces clear changes in aboveground functional diversity, we know little about how fire affects belowground fauna and their mediation of biogeochemical processes. Because soil micro- and mesofauna, particularly nematodes, collembolans and mites, are significant contributors to nutrient and carbon cycling...
Author(s): Anita Antoninka, Kara Gibson
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Harold Biswell first learned about the benefits of prescribed fire in forest management when he was a Forest Service researcher in Georgia, USA. After he accepted a professorship in the School of Forestry at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, he was surprised to find out that prescribed fire was not an accepted practice in...
Author(s): Scott L. Stephens, Jan W. van Wagtendonk, James K. Agee, Ronald H. Wakimoto
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed fire is an essential management tool for restoring and maintaining the resilience of fire-dependent ecosystems. Past studies indicated that the current policy environment significantly constrained decision-making around prescribed fire (USDA & USDOI 2014). This study utilized a mixed methods approach involving spatial...
Author(s): Courtney Schultz, Cassandra Moseley, Adell L. Amos, Christopher Bone, Sarah M. McCaffrey
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Policy initiatives such as the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (Rep. Holt, 2009) have emphasized landscape-scale (> 10,000 ac) fuel reduction treatments to mitigate adverse impacts of large, uncharacteristic wildfires in the western United States. Over the past two decades, a nuanced understanding of the design...
Author(s): Chad M. Hoffman, William E. Mell, Russell A. Parsons, Seth A. Ex, Justin P. Ziegler
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : 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).