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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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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Soils are an important natural capital and can be negatively affected by high severity fires. The capacity of soil to recover from the degradation caused by fire disturbance depends on fire history, ash properties, topography, post-fire weather, vegetation recuperation and post-fire management. These factors are interdependent, and...
Author(s): Paulo Pereira, Marcos Francos, Eric C. Brevik, Xavier Ubeda, Igor Bogunovic
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Litter burning and biological decomposition are oxidative processes co-occurring in many terrestrial ecosystems, producing organic matter with different chemical properties and differently affecting plant growth and soil microbial activity. We tested the chemical convergence hypothesis, i.e., materials with different initial...
Author(s): Giuliano Bonanomi, Guido Incerti, Ahmed M. Abd El-Gawad, Gaspare Cesarano, Tushar C. Sarker, Luigi Saulino, Virginia Lanzotti, Antonio Saracino, Francisco C. Rego, Stefano Mazzoleni
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The proposed research will help managers understand how early soil ecosystem responses to fuel reduction treatments with prescribed fire may or may not be indicative of longer term responses. This research is necessary for better establishing, in forest management plans and decision documents, the ecosystem costs and benefits of...
Author(s): Jane E. Smith, Daniel L. Luoma, Robyn L. Darbyshire, James D. McIver, Andrew P. Youngblood
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
An improved understanding of atmospheric perturbations within and above a forest during a wildland fire has relevance to many aspects of wildland fires including fire spread, smoke transport and dispersion, and tree mortality. In this study, the ARPS-CANOPY model, a version of the Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) model...
Author(s): Michael T. Kiefer, Shiyuan Zhong, Warren Heilman, Joseph J. Charney, Xindi Bian
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alpine treelines are expected to move upward in a warming climate, but downward in response to increases in wildfire. We studied the effects of fire on vegetation structure and composition across four alpine treeline ecotones extending from Abies lasiocarpa/Picea engelmannii forests at lower elevations, through Pinus albicaulis/...
Author(s): C. Alina Cansler, Donald McKenzie, Charles B. Halpern
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mixed severity wildfires burn large areas in western North America forest ecosystems in most years and this is expected to continue or increase with climate change. Little is understood about vegetation recovery and changing fuel conditions more than a decade post-fire because it exceeds the duration of most studies of fire effects...
Author(s): Andrew T. Hudak, Beth A. Newingham, Eva K. Strand, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Many plant species are dependent on soil-stored seeds for their persistence in fire-prone systems. Seed germination is often stimulated by fire-related cues including heat and smoke, but the way these cues promote germination may differ between structurally distinct plant communities with historically different fire regimes. In this...
Author(s): Gloria Neo Maikano, Janet S. Cohn, Julian Di Stefano
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Soils constitute one of the most valuable resources on earth, especially because soil is renewable on human time scales. During the 20th century, a period marked by a widespread rural exodus and land abandonment, fire suppression policies were adopted facilitating the accumulation of fuel in forested areas, exacerbating the effects...
Author(s): Meritxell Alcañiz, Luis R. Outeiro, Marcos Francos, Xavier Ubeda
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Emissions of aerosols and gases from fires have been shown to adversely affect US air quality at local to regional scales as well as downwind regions far away from the source. In addition, smoke from fires negatively affects humans, ecosystems, and climate. Recent observations have shown an upward trend of area burned over western...
Author(s): Jeffrey R. Pierce, Maria Val Martin, Colette L. Heald
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
One important outcome of wildfire is the production of charcoal. Charcoal is highly resistant to decomposition and its physical and chemical properties enhance soil fertility and influence nutrient cycling. We compared the amount of black C (the carbon fraction of charcoal) on coarse woody debris (CWD; ≥7.6 cm diameter) and total...
Author(s): Aspen Ward, C. Alina Cansler, Andrew J. Larson
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).