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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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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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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
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.) forests play a prominent role throughout high-elevation ecosystems in the northern Rocky Mountains, however, they are vanishing from the high mountain landscape due to three factors: exotic white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola Fischer) invasions, mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus...
Author(s): Molly L. Retzlaff, Robert E. Keane, David L.R. Affleck, Sharon M. Hood
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The research objective was to examine the effects of fall and spring burning in a basin big sagebrush/Idaho fescue-bluebunch wheatgrass plant community, including fuel consumption and plant species' responses to fire treatments, and to reduce western juniper density [5,6]. Prefire data for the fall fire were collected in July and...
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Synthesis
A 3-D mathematical model of fuel bed (FB) ignition initiated by glowing firebrands originating during wildland fires is proposed. In order to test and verify the model, a series of experiments was conducted to determine the FB ignition time by a single pine bark and twig firebrand (Pinus sylvestris). Irrespective of the pine bark...
Author(s): O. V. Matvienko, Denis P. Kasymov, Alexander I. Filkov, O. I. Daneyko, D. A. Gorbatov
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mastication is the process of chipping or shredding components of the tree canopy or above-ground vegetation to reduce the canopy, alter fire spread rates, and reduce crown fire potential. Mastication as a fuel treatment, either alone or in combination with prescribed fire, has been the subject of much research. This research has...
Author(s): Faith A. Heinsch, Pamela G. Sikkink, Helen Y. Smith, Molly L. Retzlaff
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis spp. occidentalis Hook.) woodlands are replacing many lower elevation (< 2100 m) quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) stands in the northern Great Basin. We evaluated two juniper removal treatments (Fall, Spring) to restore aspen woodlands in southeast Oregon, spanning a 15-year...
Author(s): Jonathan D. Bates, Kirk W. Davies
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Wildfires are a common phenomenon on most continents. They have occurred for an estimated 60 million years and are part of a regular climatic cycle. Nevertheless, wildfires represent a real and continuing problem that can have a major impact on people, wildlife and the environment. The intensity and severity of wildfires can be...
Author(s): Dmytro Matsypura, Oleg A. Prokopyev, Aizat Zahar
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Detection of tree spatial patterns and structural attributes in a forest stand can provide critical information on occurring dynamics, and steer management decisions. However, since tree spatial distribution depends on factors that operate at different scales, including environmental heterogeneity and tree-to-tree interactions, both...
Author(s): Marco Carrer, Daniele Castagneri, Ionel Popa, Mario Pividori, Emanuele Lingua
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire affects the health and well-being of people, yet the science behind its management grapples with uncertainties that have led to scientific debates. In particular, diverging views over how “natural” highseverity fire is in conifer forests across the western US have, in some cases, impeded the effective integration of science...
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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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).