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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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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In the mid-1950s Western Desert of Australia, Aboriginal populations were in decline as families left for ration depots, cattle stations, and mission settlements. In the context of reduced population density, an ideal free-distribution model predicts landscape use should contract to the most productive habitats, and people should...
Author(s): Rebecca Bliege Bird, Chloe McGuire, Douglas W. Bird, Michael H. Price, David Zeanah, Dale G. Nimmo
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
To inform future restoration efforts, we reviewed the known effects of fire and habitat management and restoration on hummingbirds in four key habitat types in North America. We examined seven species that most commonly occur west of the Rocky Mountains: Rufous (Selasphorus rufus), Calliope (Selasphorus calliope), Broad-tailed (...
Author(s): John D. Alexander, Elizabeth Williams, Caitlyn R. Gillespie, Sarahy Contreras-Martínez, Deborah M. Finch
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Mountain pine beetles (MPB) are a constant presence in the Rocky Mountain Region, with a long history of periodic outbreaks. The latest beetle epidemic, which lasted from the late 1990s until about 2012, was particularly impactful in Colorado, where an estimated 800 million lodgepole and ponderosa pine trees were killed. However, as...
Author(s): Jose F. Negron, Robert J. Cain
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) functions as a keystone seed disperser and ecological mobile link for many western conifers. The bird is the primary seed disperser for limber pine (Pinus flexilis), which is an important seed resource for the bird. In the Southern Rocky Mountains, annual variation in limber pine cone...
Author(s): Tyler J. Williams, Diana F. Tomback, Nels Grevstad, Kristin Broms
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Shifting fire regimes are substantially changing North American forests. It is thus critical to understand how wildfires affect forest wildlife, especially for species managed for harvest and for species at risk of extinction. In particular, many populations of carnivores and ungulates are actively managed, so being able to...
Author(s): Logan A. Volkmann, Jenna Hutchen, Karen E. Hodges
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Fire size and severity have increased in the western United States in recent decades, and are expected to continue to increase with warming climate. Habitats for many species are threatened by large and high-severity fires, but the effect of spatial scale on the relationship between fires and habitat modifications is...
Author(s): Ho Yi Wan, Samuel A. Cushman, Joseph L. Ganey
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We used a chronosequence approach to investigate the relationship between existing conditions of forested land that burned at some point between 1984 and 2014 in western Montana and the abundances of various bird species based on 7533 point-counts. Twelve of 68 bird species occurred significantly more frequently in burned mixed-...
Author(s): Richard L. Hutto, Russell R. Hutto, Paul L. Hutto
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Research Highlights: The effects of fire on birds in the most northern parts of the boreal forest are understudied. We found distinct differences in bird communities with increasing fire severity in two vegetation types with naturally different burn severity. The highest severity burns tended to have communities dominated by...
Author(s): Michelle Knaggs, Samuel Hache, Scott E. Nielson, Rhiannon F. Pankratz, Erin Bayne
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the Great Basin, changes in climate and associated fire regimes may alter the density and distribution of shrubs, changing the structure and diet quality of plants in burned areas. We evaluated how the structural and phytochemical characteristics of three-tip sagebrush (Artemisia tripartita) relative to Wyoming big sagebrush (A....
Author(s): Marcella R. Fremgen-Tarantino, Jacqueline J. Peña, John W. Connelly, Jennifer Sorensen Forbey
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Wildfires affect vegetation structure, functions, and other attributes of forest ecosystems. Among these attributes, bird assemblages may be influenced by the distance from undisturbed to fire-disturbed forests. Information about this influence is essential for designing management plans aimed at conserving birds’...
Author(s): Adriana Marisel Morales, Natalia Politi, Luis Osvaldo Rivera, Constanza Guadalupe Vivanco, Guillermo E. Defosse
Year Published: 2020
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).