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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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Timber harvesting operations generate brush and other vegetative debris, which often has no marketable value. In many western U.S. forests, these materials represent a fire hazard and a potential threat to forest health and must be removed or burned for disposal. Currently, there is no established, consistent method to estimate...
Author(s): Dan R. Loeffler, Stu Hoyt, Nathaniel Anderson
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
A laboratory experimental program addressing fire spread in fuel beds composed of dead foliage litter and vertically placed quasi-live branches, representative of many natural fuel complexes, was carried out for either still-air or wind conditions. Fuel-bed characteristics, fire spread rate, flame geometry, and fuel consumption were...
Author(s): Carlos G. Rossa, Paulo M. Fernandes
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Invasive woody plant expansion is a primary threat driving fragmentation and loss of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) and prairie habitats across the central and western United States. Expansion of native woody plants, including conifer (primarily Juniperus spp.) and mesquite (Prosopis spp.), over the past century is...
Author(s): Michael J. Falkowski, Jeffrey S. Evans, David E. Naugle, Christian A. Hagen, Scott A. Carleton, Jeremy D. Maestas, Azad Henareh Khalyani, Aaron J. Poznanovic, Andrew J. Lawrence
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accurate prediction of fire-caused tree mortality is critical for making sound land management decisions such as developing burning prescriptions and post-fire management guidelines. To improve efforts to predict post-fire tree mortality, we developed 3-year post-fire mortality models for 12 Western conifer species-white fir (Abies...
Author(s): Sharon M. Hood, Duncan C. Lutes
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Widespread tree mortality from mountain pine beetle (MPB; Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) outbreaks has prompted forest management activities to reduce crown fire hazard in the Rocky Mountain region. However, little is known about how beetle-related salvage logging and biomass utilization options affect woody surface fuel loads and...
Author(s): Paul R. Hood, Kellen N. Nelson, Charles C. Rhoades, Daniel B. Tinker
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed fire is widely applied in western US forests to limit future fire severity by reducing tree density, fuels, and excessive seedlings. Repeated prescribed burning attempts to simulate historical fire regimes in frequent-fire forests, yet there is limited long-term information regarding optimal burn season and frequency. In...
Author(s): Douglas J. Westlind, Becky K. Kerns
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
While the wildland–urban interface (WUI) is not a new concept, fires in WUI communities have rapidly expanded in frequency and severity over the past few decades. The number of structures lost per year has increased significantly, due in part to increased development in rural areas, fuel management policies, and climate change, all...
Author(s): Sara E. Caton, Raquel S. P. Hakes, Daniel J. Gorham, Aixi Zhou, Michael J. Gollner
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hybrid aspen (Populus tremula L.  P. tremuloides Michx.) has recently been introduced commercially in the Nordic and Baltic forestry. The hybrid is suitable for biomass production under high latitude conditions and the productivity is promising. Regeneration may be based on vigorous root sucker sprouting. Management strategies for...
Author(s): Lars Rytter, Rose-Marie Rytter
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Across the western United States, the three primary drivers of tree mortality and carbon balance are bark beetles, timber harvest, and wildfire. While these agents of forest change frequently overlap, uncertainty remains regarding their interactions and influence on specific subsequent fire effects such as change in canopy cover....
Author(s): T. Ryan McCarley, Crystal A. Kolden, Nicole M. Vaillant, Andrew T. Hudak, Alistair M. S. Smith, Jason Kreitler
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Management in fire-prone ecosystems relies widely upon application of prescribed fire and/or firesurrogate (e.g., forest thinning) treatments to maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function. The literature suggests fire and mechanical treatments proved more variable in their effects on understory vegetation as compared to their...
Author(s): Joshua Willms, Anne Bartuszevige, Dylan W. Schwilk, Patricia L. Kennedy
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).