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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 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 Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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Timber harvest following wildfire leads to different outcomes depending on the biophysical setting of the forest, pattern of burn severity, operational aspects of tree removal, and other management activities. Fire effects range from relatively minor, in which fire burns through the understory and may kill a few trees, to severe, in...
Author(s): David L. Peterson, James K. Agee, Gregory H. Aplet, Dennis P. Dykstra, Russell T. Graham, John F. Lehmkuhl, David S. Pilliod, Donald F. Potts, Robert F. Powers, John D. Stuart
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In 2003, the Lost Creek fire burned 21,000 ha of nearly contiguous crown land forests in the headwater regions of the Oldman River Basin, Alberta. Seven small watersheds with various levels of land disturbance (burned, post-fire salvage logged, unburned) were instrumented and monitored for four years to measure stream discharge,...
Author(s): Uldis Silins, Monica B. Emelko, Kevin D. Bladon
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large wildfire events in coniferous forests of the western United States are often followed by postfire timber harvest. The long-term impacts of postfire timber harvest on fire-associated cavity-nesting bird species are not well documented. We studied nest-site selection by cavity-nesting birds over a 10-year period (1994-2003),...
Author(s): Victoria A. Saab, Robin E. Russell, Jonathan G. Dudley
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We monitored the nest densities and nest survival of seven cavity-nesting bird species, including four open-space foragers (American Kestrel [Falco sparverius], Lewis's Woodpecker [Melanerpes lewis], Western Bluebird [Sialia mexicana], and Mountain Bluebird [S. currucoides]) and three wood-foragers (Hairy Woodpecker [Picoides...
Author(s): Victoria A. Saab, Robin E. Russell, Jonathan G. Dudley
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent controversy concerning post-fire logging in Oregon is emblematic of the problems of "salvage logging" globally. Although tree regenernation after disturbances in forested areas is important, a narrow view of this issue ignores important ecologial lessons, especially the role of disturbances in diversifying and rejuvenating...
Author(s): Dominick A. DellaSala, James R. Karr, Tania L. Schoennagel, David A. Perry, Reed F. Noss, David B. Lindenmayer, Robert L. Beschta, Richard L. Hutto, Mark E. Swanson, Jon Evans
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We present data from a study of early conifer regeneration and fuel loads after the 2002 Biscuit Fire, Oregon, USA, with and without postfire logging. Natural conifer regeneration was abundant after the high-severity fire. Postfire logging reduced median regeneration density by 71%, significantly increased downed woody fuels, and...
Author(s): Daniel C. Donato, Joseph B. Fontaine, John L. Campbell, William D. Robinson, J. Boone Kauffman, Beverly E. Law
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We investigated the effects of postfire salvage logging on cavity-nesting birds by comparing nest densities and patterns of nest reuse over a three-year period in seven logged and eight unlogged patches of mixed-conifer forest in the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area, Montana. We found 563 active nests of 18 cavity-...
Author(s): Richard L. Hutto, Susan M. Gallo
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Administrative planning rules and legal challenges can have significant economic impacts on timber salvage programs on public lands. This paper examines the costs of the delay in salvage caused by planning rules and the costs associated with the volume reductions forced by legal challenges in one case study. The fires on the...
Author(s): Jeffrey P. Prestemon, David N. Wear, Fred J. Stewart, Thomas P. Holmes
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We summarize the documented and potential impacts of salvage logging—a form of logging that removes trees and other biological material from sites after natural disturbance. Such operations may reduce or eliminate biological legacies, modify rare postdisturbance habitats, influence populations, alter community composition, impair...
Author(s): D.B. Lindenmeyer, Reed F. Noss
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The increasing prevalence and/or increasing intensity of large-scale natural disturbance events in forests means that post-disturbance salvage logging is becoming more widespread. Salvage logging can have a wide range of environmental impacts, but some of these are not well known or not well understood by policy makers and natural...
Author(s): David B. Lindenmayer
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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