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Research and Publications Database

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.

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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Fire refugia—locations that burn less severely or less frequently than surrounding areas—support late-successional and old-growth forest structure and function. This study investigates the influence of topography and fuels on the probability of forest fire refugia under varying fire weather conditions. We focused on recent large...
Author(s): Garrett W. Meigs, Christopher J. Dunn, Sean A. Parks, Meg A. Krawchuk
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Novel combinations of fire regime and forest type are emerging in areas affected by climate change, fire exclusion, and other stressors. Species interactions following wildfire in these areas are not well understood. In Sierra Nevada mixed‐conifer forests, large patches of stand‐replacing fire were once rare but are becoming...
Author(s): Carmen L. Tubbesing, Robert A. York, Scott L. Stephens, John J. Battles
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
One of Jonathan Coop's first vivid memories as a child was watching the flames of the 1977 La Mesa Fire in north-central New Mexico. The human-caused fire burned more than 15,000 acres of pine forests in the Bandelier National Monument and areas surrounding the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Now a forest ecologist and professor at...
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forests store a large amount of terrestrial carbon, but this storage capacity is vulnerable to wildfire. Combustion, and subsequent tree mortality and soil erosion, can lead to increased carbon release and decreased carbon uptake. Previous work has shown that non-constant fire return intervals over the past 4000 years strongly...
Author(s): Kristina J. Bartowitz, Philip E. Higuera, Bryan N. Shuman, Kendra K. McLauchlan, Tara W. Hudiburg
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Encroachment of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) shrublands by pinyon (Pinus spp.) and juniper (Juniperus spp.) conifers (woodland encroachment) induces a shift from biotic‐controlled resource retention to abiotic‐driven loss of soil resources. This shift is driven by a coarsening of the vegetation structure with increasing dominance of...
Author(s): C. Jason Williams, Frederick B. Pierson, Sayjro K. Nouwakpo, Patrick R. Kormos, Osama Z. Al-Hamdan, Mark A. Weltz
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is a necessary ecosystem process in many biomes and is best viewed as a natural disturbance that is beneficial to ecosystem functioning. However, increasingly, we are seeing human interference in fire regimes that alters the historical range of variability for most fire parameters and results in vegetation shifts. Such...
Author(s): Jon E. Keeley, Juli G. Pausas
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Stand changes brought on by fire exclusion have contributed to reduced resilience to wildfire in ponderosa pine forests throughout the western US. Growing recognition of how structural attributes influence resilience has led to interest in restoring more heterogeneous conditions once common in these forests, but key information...
Author(s): Eric E. Knapp, Alan H. Taylor, Michelle Coppoletta, Natalie Pawlikowski
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Disturbance such as wildfire may create opportunities for plant communities to reorganize in response to climate change. The interaction between climate change and distur- bance may be particularly important in forests, where many of the foundational plant species (trees) are long-lived and where poor initial tree establishment can...
Author(s): Derek J. N. Young, Chhaya M. Werner, Kevin R. Welch, Truman P. Young, Hugh Safford, Andrew Latimer
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Wildfire is an important ecological process in mixed conifer forests of the Intermountain West region of the USA. However, researchers and managers are concerned because climate warming has led to increased fire activity in recent decades. More area burned will result in larger land areas in early successional stages and...
Author(s): Eva K. Strand, K.L. Satterberg, Andrew T. Hudak, John C. Byrne, Azad Henareh Khalyani, Alistair M. S. Smith
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
During the End-Permian mass extinction event (EPME) there is extensive evidence for depletion of oxygen in the marine realm. Atmospheric models based upon biogeochemical cycling predict a comparable decline leading up to this event and have been postulated as a possible driver for marine depletion. However, these models contrast...
Author(s): Zhiming Yan, Longyi Shao, I. J. Glasspool, Xuetian Wang, Juan Wang, Hao Wang
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).