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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 4,700 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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Sagebrush (Artemisia species) habitat, an intricate, species-rich mosaic of different sagebrush species and a remarkably diverse assemblage of grasses, forbs, and other shrubs, once covered about 170 million acres (69 million ha) across the Western United States (fig. 4.3.1). Noss et al. (1995) note that sagebrush habitat is an...
Author(s): R. Kasten Dumroese
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large wildfires (>50,000 ha) are becoming increasingly common in semi‐arid landscapes of the western United States. Although fuel reduction treatments are used to mitigate potential wildfire effects, they can be overwhelmed in wind‐driven wildfire events with extreme fire behavior. We evaluated drivers of fire severity and fuel...
Author(s): Susan J. Prichard, Nicholas A. Povak, Maureen C. Kennedy, David W. Peterson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Increasingly frequent large wildfires in the western US raise questions about the effects of climate and site-level factors on forest ecosystem resilience. This study presents findings from seedling and sapling surveys conducted across 179 sites 15–21 years post-fire in eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountain ecoregion. We found wide...
Author(s): Angela Boag, Mark J. Ducey, Michael W. Palace, Joel Hartter
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As the climate warms, drought will increasingly occur under elevated temperatures, placing forest ecosystems at growing risk of extensive dieback and mortality. In some cases, increases in tree density following early 20th-century fire suppression may exacerbate this risk. Treatments designed to restore historical stand structure...
Author(s): Alan J. Tepley, Sharon M. Hood, Christopher R. Keyes, Anna Sala
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Several recent studies have documented how fire severity affects the density and spatial patterns of tree regeneration in western North American ponderosa pine forests. However, less is known about the effects of fire severity on fine-scale tree regeneration niche attributes such as understory plant composition and cover, surface...
Author(s): Suzanne M. Owen, Carolyn Hull Sieg, Peter Z. Fule, Catherine A. Gehring, L. Scott Baggett, Jose M. Iniguez, Paula J. Fornwalt, Michael A. Battaglia
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the western United States, restoration of forests with historically frequent, low‐severity fire regimes often includes fuel reduction that reestablish open, early‐seral conditions while reducing fuel continuity and loading. Between 2001 and 2016, fuel reduction (e.g., thinning, prescribed burning, etc.) was implemented on over 26...
Author(s): Justin S. Crotteau, Christopher R. Keyes, Sharon M. Hood, Andrew J. Larson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Continuing long and extensive wildfire seasons in the Western US emphasize the need for better understanding of wildfire impacts including post-fire management scenarios. Advancements in our understanding of post-fire hillslope erosion and watershed response such as flooding, sediment yield, and debris flows have recently received...
Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud, Sarah A. Lewis, Robert E. Brown, Edwin D. Bone, Erin S. Brooks
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Prairie-forest ecotones are ecologically important for biodiversity and ecological processes. While these ecotones cover small areas, their sharp gradients in land cover promote rich ecological interaction and high conservation value. Our objective was to understand how historical and current fire occurrences and human...
Author(s): Penelope Morgan, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Eva K. Strand, Stephen C. Bunting, James P. Riser, John T. Abatzoglou, Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Mara Johnson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Many large fires have burned in recent decades across western North America, and this trend is projected to continue as conditions become warmer and drier. Recovery processes have been studied more thoroughly 1-2 years post fire than in the longer term. Fuel and fire managers need better information on long-term post-fire ecosystem...
Author(s): Andrew T. Hudak, Leda N. Kobziar, Karen L. Riley
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Researchers are increasingly examining patterns and drivers of postfire forest recovery amid growing concern that climate change and intensifying fires will trigger ecosystem transformations. Diminished seed availability and postfire drought have emerged as key constraints on conifer recruitment. However, the spatial and temporal...
Author(s): Caitlin E. Littlefield, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, John T. Abatzoglou, Sean A. Parks, Kimberley T. Davis
Year Published: 2020
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).