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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 4,800 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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Land use and fire exclusion have contributed to an increase in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forest extent and density in west-central Idaho. Open areas within ponderosa pine forests are decreasing, thus reducing habitat for the endemic northern Idaho ground squirrel (NIDGS; Urocitellus brunneus brunneus). In 2000, the NIDGS was...
Author(s): E. F. Suronen, Beth A. Newingham
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We tested whether reduced parasite loads might contribute to high post-fire abundances of deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). We performed parasite examinations of 54 mice captured in burned forest in the area of Davis Fire (western Montana, USA), and 26 mice captured in nearby unburned forest. Mean abundance of ectoparasites (fleas...
Author(s): Rafal Zwolak, S. Meagher, J. W. Vaughn, S. Dziemian, Elizabeth E. Crone
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent work in model systems has demonstrated significant effects of rapid evolutionary change on ecological processes (eco-evolutionary dynamics). Fewer studies have addressed whether eco-evolutionary dynamics structure natural ecosystems. We investigated variation in the frequency of serotiny in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), a...
Author(s): Matt V. Talluto, Craig W. Benkman
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Both fire and conifer encroachment can markedly alter big sagebrush communities and thus habitat quality and quantity for wildlife. We investigated how conifer encroachment and spring prescribed burning affected forage and cover resources for a sagebrush specialist, the pygmy rabbit. We studied these dynamics at spring prescribed...
Author(s): Bonnie A. Woods, Janet L. Rachlow, Stephen C. Bunting, Timothy R. Johnson, Kelly Bocking
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Herbivory by domestic and wild ungulates can dramatically affect vegetation structure, composition and dynamics in nearly every terrestrial ecosystem of the world. These effects are of particular concern in forests of western North America, where intensive herbivory by native and domestic ungulates has the potential to substantially...
Author(s): Bryan A. Endress, Michael J. Wisdom, Martin Vavra, Catherine G. Parks, Brian L. Dick, Bridgett J. Naylor, Jennifer M. Boyd
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the Northern Rockies, forests that have escaped fire are rare. In the Crown, fire is just as important as rainfall and sunlight are to plants and animals. For the vast majority of forest types within the region, the predominant fire regime is one of infrequent, intense, stand-replacement fires—not one of...
Author(s): Richard L. Hutto
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
This FEIS species review synthesizes information on the relationship of Cervus elaphus (elk) to fire--how fire affects the species and its habitat, effects of the species on fuels and fire regimes, and fire management considerations. Information is also provided on the species' taxonomy, distribution, basic biology, and general...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Synthesis
This FEIS species review synthesizes information on the relationship of Oreamnos americanus (mountain goat) to fire--how fire affects the species and its habitat, effects of the species on fuels and fire regimes, and fire management considerations. Information is also provided on the species' taxonomy, distribution, basic biology,...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Synthesis
This FEIS species review synthesizes information on the relationship of Alces americanus (moose) to fire--how fire affects the species and its habitat, effects of the species on fuels and fire regimes, and fire management considerations. Information is also provided on the species' taxonomy, distribution, basic biology, and general...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Synthesis
In fire-adapted ecosystems, fire is presumed to be the dominant ecological force, and little is known about how consumer interactions influence forest regeneration. Here, we investigated seed predation by deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) and its effects on recruitment of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and Douglas-fir (...
Author(s): Rafal Zwolak, Dean E. Pearson, Yvette K. Ortega, Elizabeth E. Crone
Year Published: 2010
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).