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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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Whitebark pine is declining across much of its range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain pine beetle epidemics, fire exclusion policies, and widespread exotic blister rust infections. This management guide summarizes the extensive data collected at whitebark pine treatment sites for three periods: (1) pre-...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Russell A. Parsons
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
A summary of the literature on relationships between climate and various types of tree diseases, and the potential effects of climate change on pathogens in western North American forests is provided. Climate change generally will lead to reductions in tree health and will improve conditions for some highly damaging pathogens....
Author(s): John T. Kliejunas, Brian W. Geils, Jessie M. Glaeser, Ellen M. Goheen, Paul E. Hennon, Mee-Sook Kim, Harry Kope, Jeffry J. Stone, Rona Sturrock, Susan J. Frankel
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
Four treatments (control, burn-only, thin-only, and thin-and-burn) were evaluated for their effects on bark beetle-caused mortality in both the short-term (one to four years) and the long-term (seven years) in mixed-conifer forests in western Montana, USA. In addition to assessing bark beetle responses to these treatments, we also...
Author(s): Diana L. Six, Kjerstin R. Skov
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The interactions of wildfire and bark beetle outbreaks and their reciprocal influences on fire behavior, bark beetle dynamics, and ecosystem structure are critical research issues in many coniferous forests of the Intermountain West. We combined field studies with new remote sensing methods to address three main questions regarding...
Author(s): Daniel B. Tinker
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Biome-scale disturbances by eruptive herbivores provide valuable insights into species interactions, ecosystem function, and impacts of global change. We present a conceptual framework using one system as a model, emphasizing interactions across levels of biological hierarchy and spatiotemporal scales. Bark beetles are major natural...
Author(s): Kenneth F. Raffa, Brian H. Aukema, Barbara J. Bentz, Allan L. Carroll, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Monica G. Turner, William H. Romme
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article describes the whitebark pine tree and the tough environment it lives in, the hazards it faces, and how it fits the environment ecologically.
Author(s): Jane Kapler Smith
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We tested the hypotheses that white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola J.C. Fisch.) damage in whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.) stands leads to reduced (1) seed cone density, (2) predispersal seed survival, and (3) likelihood of Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana (Wilson, 1811)) seed dispersal. We gathered data...
Author(s): Shawn T. McKinney, Diana F. Tomback
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mapped locations of restoration classes based on blister rust infection and grizzly bear recovery zones within the western United States.
Author(s): Fire Modeling Institute
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Ponderosa pine is one of the most widely distributed tree species in western North America. It is highly-valued as a source of lumber, but also is key to the health and social value western forests, whether growing in pure stands or in mixture with other conifer and hardwood species. In recent years, management objectives for...
Author(s): Russell T. Graham, Theresa B. Jain
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
We examined the historical record of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) activity within Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, for the 25-years period leading up to the 1988 Yellowstone fires (1963-86) to determine how prior beetle activity and the resulting tree mortality affected the spatial pattern of the 1988...
Author(s): Heather J. Lynch, Roy A. Renkin, Robert Crabtree, Paul R. Moorcroft
Year Published: 2006
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).