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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,800 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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Two series of color photographs show different levels of downed woody material resulting from natural processes in two forest cover types in Montana. Each photo is supplemented by fuel inventory data and potential fire· behavior ratings.
Author(s): William C. Fischer
Year Published: 1981
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Four series of color photographs show different levels of downed woody material resulting from natural processes in four forest cover types in Montana. Each photo is supplemented by fuel inventory data and potential fire behavior ratings.
Author(s): William C. Fischer
Year Published: 1981
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Development of equations for predicting fuel bed depth (called "bulk depth" herein) appropriate for modeling fire behavior in slash is described. Bulk depth (y) was correlated with the expected number of 1/4-to 1-inch-diameter particle intercepts per foot of vertical plane transect (x) by regressions of the form y = a\x. Values of "...
Author(s): Frank A. Albini, James K. Brown
Year Published: 1978
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
ANNOTATION: Relationships between live and dead crown weight and DBH, crown length, tree height, and crown ratio are presented for 11 Rocky Mountain conifers. Also included are partitioned estimates of crown foliage and branchwood. This study shows a high correlation between DBH and crown weight.
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1978
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
ANNOTATION: A pre-feasibility assessment is an early stage and limited analysis of the probable risks and returns of an investment. Focused on gathering preliminary information, it helps decision makers determine if there is a basis for investing additional capital and time in the proposed project. This pre-feasibility assessment to...
Author(s): James K. Brown, J. A. Kendall Snell, David L. Bunnell
Year Published: 1977
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Equations were developed for estimating fuel loading (g/m2) of grasses, narrow-leaved forbs, broad-leaved forbs, and small woody plants common to western Montana and north Idaho. Independent variables were plant height and percentage of ground covered. R2 for the equations ranged from 0.30 to 0.91. The equations provide reasonable...
Author(s): James K. Brown, Michael A. Marsden
Year Published: 1976
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
For many years there has been much interest in moisture studies of forest fuels. The study reported here was in its 17th year when the author became involved. The study was terminated 2 years later. All data were compiled, adjusted, and analyzed; a report was prepared but not published. Continued interest in moisture content of...
Author(s): Arthur P. Brackebusch
Year Published: 1975
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This study was undertaken to determine the thermal properties of, and the pyrolysis products from, western cottonwood (Populus trichocavya) and two of its major components: cellulose and xylan. The modifications due to treatment of the wood and its components with an acid and alkali were also documented. Differential thermal...
Author(s): Charles W. Philpot
Year Published: 1971
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Physical fuel properties were determined utilizing measurements of volume, surface area, and weight for ponderosa pine forest floors and cheatgrass. Average values of these properties for ponderosa pine needle litter and cheatgrass were respectively: surface area-to-volume ratio (a), 57.6 and 144.0 cm.3/cc.; particle density, 0.51...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1970
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Porosity (expressed as the ratio of air space surrounding plant material to surface area of plant material) was determined for a low forage producing community of cheatgrass. Porosity averaged 12.5 cm.^/cm.2- and correlated closely with weight per square meter. Estimation of porosity from weight per unit of ground area is a...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1969
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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