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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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Mastication is becoming a common fuel treatment method in forests and shrublands of the United States, especially where prescribed fire or mechanical fuel removal is difficult. Such sites are often located in the wildland urban interface (WUI) where fuel treatments must be carefully administered because of the risk to nearby...
Author(s): Pamela G. Sikkink
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy recognizes that wildfire is a necessary natural process in many ecosystems and strives to reduce conflicts between fire-prone landscapes and people. In an effort to mitigate potential negative wildfire impacts proactively, the Forest Service fuels program reduces wildland fuels...
Author(s): Nicole M. Vaillant, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mulching fuels treatments have been increasingly implemented by forest managers in the western USA to reduce crown fire hazard. These treatments use heavy machinery to masticate or chip unwanted shrubs and small-diameter trees and broadcast the mulched material on the ground. Because mulching treatments are relatively novel and have...
Author(s): Paula J. Fornwalt, Monique E. Rocca, Michael A. Battaglia, Charles C. Rhoades, Michael G. Ryan
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Following changes in vegetation structure and pattern, along with a changing climate, large wildfire incidence has increased in forests throughout the western United States. Given this increase, there is great interest in whether fuels treatments and previous wildfire can alter fire severity patterns in large wildfires. We assessed...
Author(s): Jamie M. Lydersen, Brandon M. Collins, Matthew L. Brooks, John R. Matchett, Kristen L. Shive, Nicholas A. Povak, Van R. Kane, Douglas F. Smith
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wild and prescribed fire-induced injury to forest trees can produce immediate or delayed tree mortality but fire-injured trees can also survive. Land managers use logistic regression models that incorporate tree-injury variables to discriminate between fatally injured trees and those that will survive. We used data from 4024...
Author(s): Lisa Ganio, Robert A. Progar
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hand-constructed piles in eastern Washington and north-central New Mexico were weighed periodically between October 2011 and June 2015 to develop decay-rate constants that are useful for estimating the rate of piled biomass loss over time. Decay-rate constants (k) were determined by fitting negative exponential curves to time series...
Author(s): Clinton S. Wright, Alexander M. Evans, Joseph C. Restaino
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Prescribed fire is widely applied in western US forests to limit future fire severity by reducing tree density, fuels, and excessive seedlings. Repeated prescribed burning attempts to simulate historical fire regimes in frequent-fire forests, yet there is limited long-term information regarding optimal burn season and frequency. In...
Author(s): Douglas J. Westlind, Becky K. Kerns
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This project had three objectives. The first objective was to identify variation in discrimination of Δ13C and intrinsic water use efficiency (iWUE) in Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) tree rings from 1800 to 2012 at two Fire and Fire Surrogate study sites (Arizona, Washington). The sites are both dominated by ponderosa pine but...
Author(s): Alan H. Taylor, Soumaya Belmecheri, Lucas B. Harris
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
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
We use the simulation model Envision to analyze long-term wildfire dynamics and the effects of different fuel management scenarios in central Oregon, USA. We simulated a 50-year future where fuel management activities were increased by doubling and tripling the current area treated while retaining existing treatment strategies in...
Author(s): Ana M. G. Barros, Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Haiganoush K. Preisler, Thomas A. Spies, Eric M. White, Robert J. Pabst, Keith A. Olsen, Emily K. Platt, John D. Bailey, John P. Bolte
Year Published: 2017
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).