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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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Background: A fire management strategy of deliberate patch-mosaic burning (PMB) is postulated to promote biodiversity by providing a range of habitat patches with different fire histories, habitat qualities, and vegetation ages at a given scale. We investigated the response of avian fauna to fire, particularly species richness and...
Author(s): Allan J. Wills, Graeme Liddelow, Verna Tunsell
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mountain pine beetles (MPB) are a constant presence in the Rocky Mountain Region, with a long history of periodic outbreaks. The latest beetle epidemic, which lasted from the late 1990s until about 2012, was particularly impactful in Colorado, where an estimated 800 million lodgepole and ponderosa pine trees were killed. However, as...
Author(s): Jose F. Negron, Robert J. Cain
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a critical forest species of Northern Rocky Mountain upper subalpine ecosystems, yet little is known about the physiological response of whitebark pine to disturbance (e.g. fire, bark beetles, and pathogens) across a range of diverse environmental gradients. Resin-based defenses have long been...
Author(s): Nickolas E. Kichas, Sharon M. Hood, Gregory T. Pederson, Richard G. Everett, Dave McWethy
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change is projected to increase fire severity and frequency in the boreal forest, but it could also directly affect post-fire recruitment processes by impacting seed production, germination, and seedling growth and survival. We reviewed current knowledge regarding the effects of high temperatures and water deficits on post-...
Author(s): Dominique Boucher, Sylvie Gauthier, Nelson Thiffault, William Marchand, Martin P. Girardin, Morgane Urli
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is a natural component of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) steppe rangelands that induces temporal shifts in plant community physiognomy, ground surface conditions, and erosion rates. Fire alteration of the vegetation structure and ground cover in these ecosystems commonly amplifies soil losses by wind‐ and water‐driven erosion....
Author(s): Samantha P. Vega, C. Jason Williams, Erin S. Brooks, Frederick B. Pierson, Eva K. Strand, Peter R. Robichaud, Robert E. Brown, Mark S. Seyfried, Kathleen A. Lohse, Kayla Glossner, Jennifer L. Pierce, Clay Roehner
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accumulating data indicate the importance of fire in rangeland systems. Mowing is a common management technique sometimes considered a surrogate for fire. However, direct comparisons of fire and mowing effects are limited. Our objective was to determine whether mowing can substitute for fire in rangeland by comparing effects on...
Author(s): Lance T. Vermeire, Dustin J. Strong, Emily A. Gates, Clayton B. Marlow, Richard C. Waterman
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Great Basin can be defined floristically by plant communities dominated by species of sagebrush (Artemisia) and saltbush (Atriplex) in its southern portions and in its northern portions by sagebrush steppe and woodlands dominated by juniper (Juniperus). By this definition, nearly 7.4 million acres (3 million ha) of Great Basin...
Author(s): Pamela E. Padgett
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Boreal peatlands represent a significant global store of soil carbon, which are subject to increasing natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Wildfire is the single largest disturbance to boreal forest and wetlands annually. Critical to the long‐term carbon storage function in peatlands is the (re‐) establishment of a near‐surface...
Author(s): Matthew Q. Morison, Richard M. Petrone, Sophie L. Wilkinson, A. Green, James M. Waddington
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Land surface phenology (LSP) characterizes the timing and greenness of seasonal vegetation growth in satellite pixels and it has been widely used to associate with climate change. However, wildfire, causing considerable land surface changes, exerts abrupt changes on the LSP magnitudes and great influences on the LSP long-term trends...
Author(s): Jianmin Wang, Xiaoyang Zhang
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As the climate warms, drought will increasingly occur under elevated temperatures, placing forest ecosystems at growing risk of extensive dieback and mortality. In some cases, increases in tree density following early 20th-century fire suppression may exacerbate this risk. Treatments designed to restore historical stand structure...
Author(s): Alan J. Tepley, Sharon M. Hood, Christopher R. Keyes, Anna Sala
Year Published: 2020
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).