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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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive.

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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Quaking or trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) is a foundational tree species, which is native, common, and broadly distributed in North America. The ecology of aspen has been extensively studied throughout its range, but both research and forest management practices have focused primarily on its ability to regenerate...
Author(s): Simon M. Landhäusser, Bradley D. Pinno, Karen Mock
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is a dominant disturbance in many ecosystems, and fire frequency and intensity are being altered as climates change. Through effects on mortality and regeneration, fire affects plant community composition, species richness, and carbon cycling. In some regions, changes to fire regimes could result in critical, non‐reversible...
Author(s): Adam D. Miller, Jonathan R. Thompson, Alan J. Tepley, Kristina J. Anderson‐Teixeira
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is a common occurrence in the Northern Rockies and many tree species have adaptations to survive and regenerate after fire. The following information provides a general understanding of fire resistance and regeneration traits and strategies. This information is important for predicting how fire will impact trees in an area...
Author(s): Sharon M. Hood, Ilana L. Abrahamson, C. Alina Cansler
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Synthesis
Shifting climates and annual grass invasions have contributed to the increased number and size of fires in the western United States costing millions of dollars in fire suppression and post-fire rehabilitation. Post-fire rehabilitation implements fuel treatments, such as aerial and drill seeding, to control annual grass invasion and...
Author(s): Beth A. Newingham, Eva K. Strand
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Designer niches in which environmental variables are controlled are useful in forest restoration to enhance survival of planted tree seedlings. Here, we evaluate particular manipulated habitats, on site variables, and pre-seedling conditions hypothesized to improve the survival rate of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) seedlings out...
Author(s): Cathy L. Cripps, Genoa Alger, Robert Sissons
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Fuel reduction treatments have been widely implemented across the western US in recent decades for both fire protection and restoration. Although research has demonstrated that combined thinning and burning effectively reduces crown fire potential in the few years immediately following treatment, little research has...
Author(s): Justin S. Crotteau, Christopher R. Keyes, Sharon M. Hood, David L.R. Affleck, Anna Sala
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context: In the interior Northwest, debate over restoring mixed-conifer forests after a century of fire exclusion is hampered by poor understanding of the pattern and causes of spatial variation in historical fire regimes. Objectives: To identify the roles of topography, landscape structure, and forest type in driving spatial...
Author(s): Andrew G. Merschel, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Thomas A. Spies, Rachel A. Loehman
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Seed mixes used for post-fire seeding in the Great Basin are often selected based on short-term rehabilitation objectives, such as ability to rapidly establish and suppress invasive exotic annuals that drive altered fire-regimes via fine build-up (e.g. cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum L.), but longer-term considerations are also...
Author(s): Francis F. Kilkenny, Jeffrey E. Ott, Daniel D. Summers, Tyler W. Thompson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Aim Climate warming and increased wildfire activity are hypothesized to catalyse biogeographical shifts, reducing the resilience of fire‐prone forests world‐wide. Two key mechanisms underpinning hypotheses are: (1) reduced seed availability in large stand‐replacing burn patches, and (2) reduced seedling establishment/survival after...
Author(s): Brian J. Harvey, Daniel C. Donato, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Researchers and natural resource managers need predictions of how multiple global changes (e.g., climate change, rising levels of air pollutants, exotic invasions) will affect landscape composition and ecosystem function. Ecological predictive models used for this purpose are constructed using either a mechanistic (process-based) or...
Author(s): Eric J. Gustafson
Year Published: 2013
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).