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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 4,700 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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Climate change is expected to cause widespread shifts in the distribution and abundance of plant species through direct impacts on mortality, regeneration, and survival. At landscape scales, climate impacts will be strongly mediated by disturbances, such as wildfire, which catalyze shifts in species distributions through widespread...
Author(s): Kerry Kemp, Philip E. Higuera, Penelope Morgan, John T. Abatzoglou
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Soil compaction during post-fire logging can increase runoff and erosion. Increasing surface cover is an effective way to reduce erosion, but this has not been tested on soils impacted by both fire and compaction. We measured the effects of compaction (bulk density of 0.9 or 1.1 g cm−3) and surface cover (0% or 60%) using bark mulch...
Author(s): Sergio A. Prats, Maruxa C. Malvar, Celeste O.A. Coelho, Joseph W. Wagenbrenner
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Predicting the timing of overland flow in burned watersheds can help to estimate debris‐flow timing and the location of debris‐flow initiation. Numerical models can produce flow predictions, but they are limited by our knowledge of appropriate model parameters. Moreover, opportunities to test and calibrate model parameters in post‐...
Author(s): Francis K. Rengers, Luke A. McGuire, Jason W. Kean, Dennis M. Staley, Ann M. Youberg
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Straw mulching is one of the most common treatments applied immediately post fire to reduce soil erosion potential and mitigate post-fire effects on water quality, downstream property, and infrastructure, but little is known about the long-term effects on vegetation response. We sampled six fires that were mulched...
Author(s): Jonathan D. Bontrager, Penelope Morgan, Andrew T. Hudak, Peter R. Robichaud
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
After wildfire, hillslope and channel erosion produce large amounts of sediment and can contribute significantly to long‐term erosion rates. However, pre‐erosion high‐resolution topographic data (e.g. lidar) is often not available and determining specific contributions from post‐fire hillslope and channel erosion is challenging. The...
Author(s): Nicholas G. Ellett, Jennifer L. Pierce, Nancy F. Glenn
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In sagebrush-dominated shrublands of western North America, warmer temperatures coupled with annual grass invasions are increasing the frequency and extent of wildfires. Postfire sagebrush recovery rates are unpredictable and many recent fires have resulted in the apparent loss of sagebrush habitat, resulting in a pressing need to...
Author(s): Alexandra K. Urza, Peter J. Weisberg, Jeanne C. Chambers, Stanley G. Kitchen, Bruce A. Roundy
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mulching with forest residues has proved to be highly effective in reducing post‐fire soil losses at the plot scale. However, its effectiveness has not been quantified at the application rates that are typically used in operational post‐fire land management (2‐3 Mg ha‐1 using straw), as well as at scales larger than 100 m2. The...
Author(s): Sergio A. Prats, Oscar González-Pelayo, Flávio C. Silva, K. J. Bokhorst, J. E. M. Baartman, Jan J. Keizer
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Although fire is an intrinsic factor in most terrestrial biomes, it is often perceived as a negative disturbance that must be suppressed. The application of successful fire prevention policies can lead to unsustainable fire events for ecosystems adapted to a specific fire regime. In addition, new climate and land use scenarios are...
Author(s): Daniel Moya, Giacomo Certini, Peter Z. Fule
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire has been a constant presence on the Earth since at least the Silurian period, and is a landscape-scale catalyst that results in a step-change perturbation for hydrologic systems, which ripples across burned terrain, shaping the geomorphic legacy of watersheds. Specifically, wildfire alters two key landscape properties: (1)...
Author(s): Francis K. Rengers
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Following high-severity wildfire, application of mulch on the soil surface is commonly used to stabilize slopes and limit soil erosion potential, protecting ecosystem values at risk. Despite the widespread use of mulch, relatively little is known about its effects on ecosystem recovery and soil processes important for plant re-...
Author(s): Jayne L. Jonas, Erin Berryman, Brett Wolk, Penelope Morgan, Peter R. Robichaud
Year Published: 2019
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).