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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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Managers masticate fuels to redistribute fuels within a forest. They use machines to chip and shred whole trees, shrubs, and herbaceous vegetation to reduce the fuels in the canopy and move them to the forest floor. Fires burning in the dense, compact fuelbeds resulting from mastication often burn with lower intensity and shorter...
Author(s): Penelope Morgan, Alistair M. S. Smith, Aaron M. Sparks, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Pamela G. Sikkink, Zachary D. Lyon, Robert F. Keefe
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Preferred fuel treatment strategies (FTSs) were determined for two public forests in Flathead County, Montana, for the period 2010–59 using a multiple-objective evaluation method that accounts for future residential development in the WUI and climate change. Three fuel management objectives were used to evaluate and rank FTSs:...
Author(s): Tony Prato, Travis B. Paveglio
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Globally, wildfire size and frequency has increased in the last thirty years across numerous ecosystems. Models predict that trend to continue with increases in temperature and shifts in seasonal precipitation caused by climate change. In the western United States, these trends are exacerbated by invasive annual grasses that create...
Author(s): Eva K. Strand, Beth A. Newingham, Chris Bowman-Prideaux
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Stable coexistence requires intraspecific limitations to be stronger than interspecific limitations. The greater the difference between intra‐ and interspecific limitations, the more stable the coexistence, and the weaker the competitive release any species should experience following removal of competitors. We conducted a removal...
Author(s): Peter B. Adler, Andrew R. Kleinhesselink, Giles Hooker, Joshua B. Taylor, Brittany Teller, Stephan P. Ellner
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mastication is a wildland fuel treatment technique that is rapidly becoming the preferred method for many fire hazard reduction projects, especially in areas where reducing fuels with prescribed fire is particularly challenging. Mastication is the process of mechanically modifying the live and dead surface and canopy biomass by...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Pamela G. Sikkink, Theresa B. Jain
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Mastication is the process of chipping or shredding components of the tree canopy or above-ground vegetation to reduce the canopy, alter fire spread rates, and reduce crown fire potential. Mastication as a fuel treatment, either alone or in combination with prescribed fire, has been the subject of much research. This research has...
Author(s): Faith A. Heinsch, Pamela G. Sikkink, Helen Y. Smith, Molly L. Retzlaff
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
New fire disturbance regimes under accelerating global environmental change can have unprecedented consequences for ecosystem resilience, lessening ecosystem natural regeneration. In the Mediterranean Basin, firedependent obligate seeder forests that are prone to increasingly frequent stand-replacing fires and then salvaged logged...
Author(s): Angela Taboada, Víctor Fernández-García, Elena Marcos, Leonor Calvo
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are a common phenomenon on most continents. They have occurred for an estimated 60 million years and are part of a regular climatic cycle. Nevertheless, wildfires represent a real and continuing problem that can have a major impact on people, wildlife and the environment. The intensity and severity of wildfires can be...
Author(s): Dmytro Matsypura, Oleg A. Prokopyev, Aizat Zahar
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This project had three objectives. The first objective was to identify variation in discrimination of Δ13C and intrinsic water use efficiency (iWUE) in Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) tree rings from 1800 to 2012 at two Fire and Fire Surrogate study sites (Arizona, Washington). The sites are both dominated by ponderosa pine but...
Author(s): Alan H. Taylor, Soumaya Belmecheri, Lucas B. Harris
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
We use the simulation model Envision to analyze long-term wildfire dynamics and the effects of different fuel management scenarios in central Oregon, USA. We simulated a 50-year future where fuel management activities were increased by doubling and tripling the current area treated while retaining existing treatment strategies in...
Author(s): Ana M. G. Barros, Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Haiganoush K. Preisler, Thomas A. Spies, Eric M. White, Robert J. Pabst, Keith A. Olsen, Emily K. Platt, John D. Bailey, John P. Bolte
Year Published: 2017
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).