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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 3,600 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).

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As wildland fires have had increasing negative impacts on a range of human values, in many parts of the United States (U.S.) and around the world, collaborative risk reduction efforts among agencies, homeowners, and fire departments are needed to improve wildfire safety and mitigate risk. Using interview data from 46 senior officers...
Author(s): Rachel S. Madsen, Hylton J. G. Haynes, Sarah M. McCaffrey
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Locations within forest fires that remain unburned or burn at low severity—known as fire refugia—are important components of contemporary burn mosaics, but their composition and structure at regional scales are poorly understood. Focusing on recent, large wildfires across the US Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington), our...
Author(s): Garrett W. Meigs, Meg A. Krawchuk
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Building resilience to natural disturbances is a key to managing forests for adaptation to climate change. To date, most climate adaptation guidance has focused on recommendations for frequent‐fire forests, leaving few published guidelines for forests that naturally experience infrequent, stand‐replacing wildfires. Because most such...
Author(s): Joshua S. Halofsky, Daniel C. Donato, Jerry F. Franklin, Jessica E. Halofsky, David L. Peterson, Brian J. Harvey
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Massive tree mortality has occurred rapidly in frequent-fire-adapted forests of the Sierra Nevada, California. This mortality is a product of acute drought compounded by the long-established removal of a key ecosystem process: frequent, low- to moderate-intensity fire. The recent tree mortality has many implications for the future...
Author(s): Scott L. Stephens, Brandon M. Collins, Christopher J. Fettig, Mark A. Finney, Chad M. Hoffman, Eric E. Knapp, Malcolm P. North, Hugh Safford, Rebecca Bewley Wayman
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Over the past 15 years, 3 million hectares of forests have been converted into shrublands or grasslands in the Mediterranean countries of the European Union. Fire and drought are the main drivers underlying this deforestation. Here we present a conceptual framework for the process of fire‐induced deforestation based on the...
Author(s): Asaf Karavani, Matthias M. Boer, Mara Baudena, Carlos Colinas, Rubén Díaz‐Sierra, Jesús Pemán, Martín de Luis, Álvaro Enríquez‐de‐Salamanca, Víctor Resco de Dios
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Expanding the footprint of natural fire has been proposed as one potential solution to increase the pace of forest restoration programs in fire‐adapted landscapes of the western USA. However, studies that examine the long‐term socio‐ecological trade‐offs of expanding natural fire to reduce wildfire risk and create fire resilient...
Author(s): Ana M. G. Barros, Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Meg A. Krawchuk, Thomas A. Spies
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change is increasing the frequency and extent of high-severity disturbance, with potential to alter vegetation community composition and structure in environments sensitive to tipping points between alternative states. Shrub species display a range of characteristics that promote resistance and resilience to disturbance, and...
Author(s): Jesse Minor, Donald A. Falk, Greg A. Barron-Gafford
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mountain big sagebrush is a widely distributed shrub native to the western United States. Mountain big sagebrush ecosystems support hundreds of plant and animal species, including several sagebrush obligates. The distribution of mountain big sagebrush has been reduced since European-American settlement, and is likely to be further...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Synthesis
Collaborative efforts have expanded in recent years to reduce fuel loads and restore the resilience of forest landscapes to future fires. The social acceptability of harvesting and using forest biomass associated with these programs are a hot topic, with questions about the extent to which collaboration can generate unified...
Author(s): Jessica M. Western, Anthony S. Cheng, Nathaniel Anderson, Pamela Motley
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Contemporary wildfires in southwestern US ponderosa pine forests can leave uncharacteristically large patches of tree mortality, raising concerns about the lack of seed-producing trees, which can prevent or significantly delay ponderosa pine regeneration. We established 4-ha plots in high-severity burn patches in two Arizona...
Author(s): Suzanne M. Owen, Carolyn Hull Sieg, Andrew Sanchez Meador, Peter Z. Fule, Jose M. Iniguez, Scott L. Baggett, Paula J. Fornwalt, Michael A. Battaglia
Year Published: 2017
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).