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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 2,900 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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Extensive high‐severity wildfires have driven major losses of ponderosa pine and mixed‐conifer forests in the southwestern United States, in some settings catalyzing enduring conversions to non‐forested vegetation types. Management interventions to reduce the probability of stand‐replacing wildfire have included mechanical fuel...
Author(s): Ryan B. Walker, Jonathan D. Coop, Sean A. Parks, Laura Trader
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
New fire disturbance regimes under accelerating global environmental change can have unprecedented consequences for ecosystem resilience, lessening ecosystem natural regeneration. In the Mediterranean Basin, firedependent obligate seeder forests that are prone to increasingly frequent stand-replacing fires and then salvaged logged...
Author(s): Angela Taboada, Víctor Fernández-García, Elena Marcos, Leonor Calvo
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest restoration often includes thinning to reduce tree density and improve ecosystem processes and function while also reducing the risk of wildfire or insect and disease outbreaks. However, one drawback of these restoration treatments is that slash is often burned in piles that may damage the soil and require further restoration...
Author(s): Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, Matt Busse, Jim Archuleta, Darren McAvoy, Eric Roussel
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Spatial wildfire suppression costs regressions have been re-estimated at a more disaggregated level for the nine Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC’s) regions using five years of data for fires involving National Forests. Results of these revised regression determined that only in the California GACCs did mechanical fuel...
Author(s): Armando Gonzalez-Caban, John B. Loomis, Robin Reich, Douglas B. Rideout, José J. Sánchez
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildland fire suppression practices in the western United States are being widely scrutinized by policymakers and scientists as costs escalate and large fires increasingly affect social and ecological values. One potential solution is to change current fire suppression tactics to intentionally increase the area burned under...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Ana M. G. Barros, Haiganoush K. Preisler, Michelle A. Day, Thomas A. Spies, John D. Bailey, John P. Bolte
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Restoration treatments in dry forests of the western US often attempt silvicultural practices to restore the historical characteristics of forest structure and fire behavior. However, it is suggested that a reliance on non-spatial metrics of forest stand structure, along with the use of wildland fire behavior models that lack the...
Author(s): J. Ziegler, Chad M. Hoffman, Michael A. Battaglia, William E. Mell
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest ecosystems can act as sinks of carbon and thus mitigate anthropogenic carbon emissions. When forests are actively managed, treatments can alter forests carbon dynamics, reducing their sink strength and switching them from sinks to sources of carbon. These effects are generally characterized by fast temporal dynamics. Hence...
Author(s): Sabina Dore, Danny L. Fry, Brandon M. Collins, Rodrigo Vargas, Robert A. York, Scott L. Stephens
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The effectiveness of a hazardous fuel reduction treatment must take into account both the physical change on fuel loading and structure and the effect that this change may have on wildland fire behavior. We first took a remote sensing and field measurement approach to quantify the effects of an aggressive fuel treatment program on...
Author(s): Nick Skowronski, Albert Simeoni, Kenneth L. Clark, William E. Mell, Rory Hadden
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Prescribed fire is a primary tool used to restore western forests following more than a century of fire exclusion, reducing fire hazard by removing dead and live fuels (small trees and shrubs).  It is commonly assumed that the reduced forest density following prescribed fire also reduces competition for resources among the...
Author(s): Phillip J. van Mantgem, Anthony C. Caprio, Nathan L. Stevenson, Adrian J. Das
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
High up-front costs and uncertain return on investment make it difficult for land managers to economically justify large-scale fuel treatments, which remove trees and other vegetation to improve conditions for fire control, reduce the likelihood of ignition, or reduce potential damage from wildland fire if it occurs. In the short-...
Author(s): Matthew P. Thompson, Nathaniel Anderson
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis

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