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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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Common goals of ecological fire management are to sustain biodiversity and minimize extinction risk. A novel approach to achieving these goals determines the relative proportions of vegetation growth stages (equivalent to successional stages, which are categorical representations of time since fire) that maximize a biodiversity...
Author(s): Holly Sitters, Julian Di Stefano, Timothy J. Wills, Matthew Swan, Alan York
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The ability to quantify understory vegetation structure in forested environments on a broad scale has the potential to greatly improve our understanding of wildlife habitats, nutrient cycling, wildland fire behavior, and wildland firefighter safety. Lidar data can be used to model understory vegetation density, but the accuracy of...
Author(s): Michael J. Campbell, Philip E. Dennison, Andrew T. Hudak, Lucy M. Parham, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest wildfires consume fuel and are followed by post-fire fuel accumulation. This study examines post-fire surface fuel dynamics over 9 years across a wide range of conditions characteristic of California fires in dry conifer and hardwood forests. We estimated post-fire surface fuel loadings (Mg ha−1) from 191 repeatedly measured...
Author(s): Bianca N. I. Eskelson, Vicente J. Monleon
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dead woody material (DWM) plays numerous important roles in forest ecosystems; however, through the process of decomposition, it undergoes structural and chemical changes that progressively alter its function in these roles. Much remains unknown about how DWM mechanical strength and structural integrity change through decomposition...
Author(s): Shawn Fraver, Mehdi Tajvidi, Anthony W. D'Amato, Daniel I. Lindner, Jodi A. Forrester, Amy M. Milo
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Vertical greenery systems (VGS) are getting popular as a green cladding material. However, they have not been adequately assessed in terms of fire safety. Lack of maintenance and improper irrigation systems will cause drying of plants in VGS, creating substantial fire risk. Dry plants may be easily ignited and intensify the vertical...
Author(s): Kalani C. Dahanayake, Cheuk Lun Chow
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fires are a critical Earth-system process that impacts human populations in each settled continent [1,2]. Wildland fires have often been stated as being essential to human life and civilization through the impacts on land clearance, agriculture, and hunting, with fire as a phenomenon serving a key role in the development of...
Author(s): Alistair M. S. Smith, James A. Lutz, Chad M. Hoffman, Grant J. Williamson, Andrew T. Hudak
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Reducing the fuel load in fire-prone landscapes is aimed at mitigating the risk of catastrophic wildfires but there are ecological consequences. Maintaining habitat for fauna of both sufficient extent and connectivity while fragmenting areas of high fuel loads presents land managers with seemingly contrasting objectives. Faced with...
Author(s): Ramya Rachmawati, Melih Ozlen, John W. Hearne, Karin J. Reinke
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Managers masticate fuels to redistribute fuels within a forest. They use machines to chip and shred whole trees, shrubs, and herbaceous vegetation to reduce the fuels in the canopy and move them to the forest floor. Fires burning in the dense, compact fuelbeds resulting from mastication often burn with lower intensity and shorter...
Author(s): Penelope Morgan, Alistair M. S. Smith, Aaron M. Sparks, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Pamela G. Sikkink, Zachary D. Lyon, Robert F. Keefe
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Crown projection area (CPA) is a critical parameter in assessing inter-tree competition and estimating biomass volume. A multi-layer seeded region growing-based approach to the fully automated assessment of CPA based on 3D-point-clouds derived from terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) is presented. Independently repeated manual CPA-...
Author(s): Tim Ritter, Arne Nothdurft
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The treatment of the contribution of woody debris (WD, such as branches or small logs >6–50 mm diameter) to the rate of forward spread of a fire in current operational forest fire spread models is inconsistent. Some models do not take into account this fuel at all (i.e. only consider the combustion of fine fuels ( ⩽ 6 mm diameter...
Author(s): Andrew L. Sullivan, N. C. Surawski, Daniel A. Crawford, Richard J. Hurley, Liubov Volkova, Christopher J. Weston, Carl P. Meyer
Year Published: 2018
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).