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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 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.

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Fuels reduction treatments to mitigate fire behavior are common in ponderosa pine ecosystems of the western United States. While initial impacts of fuel treatments have been reported, less is known about treatment longevity as live and dead fuels change with time. We analyzed fuel dynamics in ponderosa pine–Douglas-fir forests 21–23...
Author(s): Sharon M. Hood, Christopher R. Keyes, Katelynn J. Bowen, Duncan C. Lutes, Carl A. Seielstad
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Wildfires affect vegetation structure, functions, and other attributes of forest ecosystems. Among these attributes, bird assemblages may be influenced by the distance from undisturbed to fire-disturbed forests. Information about this influence is essential for designing management plans aimed at conserving birds’...
Author(s): Adriana Marisel Morales, Natalia Politi, Luis Osvaldo Rivera, Constanza Guadalupe Vivanco, Guillermo E. Defosse
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) functions as a keystone seed disperser and ecological mobile link for many western conifers. The bird is the primary seed disperser for limber pine (Pinus flexilis), which is an important seed resource for the bird. In the Southern Rocky Mountains, annual variation in limber pine cone...
Author(s): Tyler J. Williams, Diana F. Tomback, Nels Grevstad, Kristin Broms
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fungal assemblages after a large-scale disturbance can be diverse and have functionally important roles in forests. However, fungi include several functional groups, and the responses of these groups to different forest disturbances is poorly understood. For example, ectomycorrhizal fungi may facilitate the establishment of a new...
Author(s): Jari Kouki, Kauko Salo
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are ecosystem‐level drivers of structure and function in many vegetated biomes. While numerous studies have emphasized the benefits of fire to ecosystems, large wildfires have also been associated with the loss of ecosystem services and shifts in vegetation abundance. The size and number of wildfires are increasing across...
Author(s): Victoria M. Donovan, Dirac Twidwell, Daniel R. Uden, Tsegaye Tadesse, Brian D. Wardlow, Christine H. Bielski, Matthew O. Jones, Brady W. Allred, David E. Naugle, Craig R. Allen
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Fire size and severity have increased in the western United States in recent decades, and are expected to continue to increase with warming climate. Habitats for many species are threatened by large and high-severity fires, but the effect of spatial scale on the relationship between fires and habitat modifications is...
Author(s): Ho Yi Wan, Samuel A. Cushman, Joseph L. Ganey
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The structure and composition of sagebrush‐dominated ecosystems have been altered by changes in fire regimes, land use, invasive species, and climate change. This often decreases resilience to disturbance and degrades critical habitat for species of conservation concern. Basin big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata )...
Author(s): Lisa M. Ellsworth, J. Boone Kauffman, Schyler A. Reis, David B. Sapsis, Kendra Moseley
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In frequent‐fire forests, wildland fire acts as a self‐ regulating process creating forest structures that consist of a fine‐grained mosaic of isolated trees, tree groups of various sizes, and non‐treed openings. Though the self‐regulation of forest structure through repeated fires is acknowledged, few studies have investigated the...
Author(s): Scott M. Ritter, Chad M. Hoffman, Michael A. Battaglia, Camille Stevens-Rumann, William E. Mell
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Aim: Functional traits are a crucial link between species distributions and the ecosystem processes that structure those species’ niches. Concurrent increases in the availability of functional trait data and our ability to model species distributions present an opportunity to develop functional trait biogeography (i.e., the mapping...
Author(s): Jens T. Stevens, Matthew M. Kling, Dylan W. Schwilk, J. Morgan Varner, Jeffrey M. Kane
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this study, we use simulations from seven global vegetation models to provide the first multi‐model estimate of fire impacts on global tree cover and the carbon cycle under current climate and anthropogenic land use conditions, averaged for the years 2001‐2012. Fire reduces the tree covered area and vegetation carbon storage by...
Author(s): Gitta Lasslop, Stijn Hantson, Sandy P. Harrison, Dominique Bachelet, Chantelle Burton, Matthias Forkel, Matthew Forrest, Fang Li, Joe R. Melton, Chao Yue, Sally Archibald, Simon Scheiter, Almut Arneth, Thomas Hickler, Stephen Sitch
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).