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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).

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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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Recent shifts in global forest area highlight the importance of understanding the causes and consequences of forest change. To examine the influence of several potential drivers of forest cover change, we used supervised classifications of historical (1938-1940) and contemporary (2015) aerial imagery covering a 2932‐km2 study area...
Author(s): Kyle Rodman, Thomas T. Veblen, Sara Saraceni, Teresa B. Chapman
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Growth‐stage optimization (GSO) offers a new approach to biodiversity conservation in fire‐prone regions by estimating the optimal distribution of vegetation growth stages that maximize a species diversity index. This optimal growth‐stage structure provides managers an operational goal explicitly linked to a positive conservation...
Author(s): Matthew P. Chick, Alan York, Holly Sitters, Julian Di Stefano, Craig R. Nitschke
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The two-part Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome published by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is a new, multi-scale approach to management of sagebrush ecosystems. The product of an extensive collaboration between State and Federal agencies and universities, it employs...
Author(s): Susan Miller
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Encroachment of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) shrublands by pinyon (Pinus spp.) and juniper (Juniperus spp.) conifers (woodland encroachment) induces a shift from biotic‐controlled resource retention to abiotic‐driven loss of soil resources. This shift is driven by a coarsening of the vegetation structure with increasing dominance of...
Author(s): C. Jason Williams, Frederick B. Pierson, Sayjro K. Nouwakpo, Patrick R. Kormos, Osama Z. Al-Hamdan, Mark A. Weltz
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The extent of young postfire conifer forests is growing throughout western North America as the frequency and size of high‐severity fires increase, making it important to understand ecosystem structure and function in early seral forests. Understanding nitrogen (N) dynamics during postfire stand development is especially important...
Author(s): Monica G. Turner, Timothy G. Whitby, William H. Romme
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire behavior is well-recognized as a function of fuel characteristics, but in practice the dynamics of fuels are often overlooked. Here we focus on short term changes in the fuel bed structure and fire behavior. Fire behavior and structural characteristics of leaf litter beds of Pinus halepensis, Ceratonia silique, and Quercus...
Author(s): Zorica Kauf, Walter Damsohn, Andreas Fangmeier
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A century of fire suppression across the Western United States has led to more crowded forests and increased competition for resources. Studies of forest thinning or stand conditions after mortality events have provided indirect evidence for how competition can promote drought stress and predispose forests to severe fire and/or bark...
Author(s): Steven L. Voelker, Andrew G. Merschel, Frederick C. Meinzer, Danielle E. M. Ulrich, Thomas A. Spies, Christopher J. Still
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As wildfire activity increases in many regions of the world, it is imperative that we understand how key components of fire‐prone ecosystems respond to spatial variation in fire characteristics. Pollinators provide a foundation for ecological communities by assisting in the reproduction of native plants, yet our understanding of how...
Author(s): Sara M. Galbraith, James H. Cane, Andrew R. Moldenke, James W. Rivers
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed (or 'planned') burning is used by land managers to reduce fuel-loads in order to mitigate the spread of wildfire, thereby protecting life and property, and to promote environmental heterogeneity to enhance biodiversity. Globally, many fire management agencies focus on increasing extent and frequency of prescribed burning...
Author(s): Jemima Connell, Simon J. Watson, Rick S. Taylor, Sarah C. Avitabile, Natasha Schedvin, Kathryn Schneider, Michael F. Clarke
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Reestablishment of perennial vegetation is often needed after wildfires to limit exotic species and restore ecosystem services. However, there is growing body of evidence that questions if seeding after wildfires increases perennial vegetation and reduces exotic plants. The concern that seeding may not meet restoration goals is even...
Author(s): Kirk W. Davies, Jonathan D. Bates, Chad S. Boyd
Year Published: 2019
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).