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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 4,700 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 Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, and seminars.

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Knowledge of how factors such as climate, plant regeneration traits and fire characteristics influence the rate and pattern of post-fire habitat change is crucial for strategic fire management and biodiversity conservation in fire-affected areas. Yet knowledge of when and where these factors are in play, and how species-habitat...
Author(s): Frederick W. Rainsford, Luke T. Kelly, Steven W.J. Leonard, Andrew F. Bennett
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire size and frequency have increased in the western United States since the 1950s, but it is unclear how seeding treatments have altered fire regimes in arid steppe systems. We analyzed how the number of fires since 1955 and the fire return interval and frequency between 1995 and 2015 responded to seeding treatments,...
Author(s): Chris Bowman-Prideaux, Beth A. Newingham, Eva K. Strand
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Aim: Fine‐scale topography and canopy cover can play an important role in mediating effects of regional‐scale climate change on the below‐canopy environment in mountain forests. The aim of this study was to determine how below‐canopy temperatures in a high‐elevation Rocky Mountain forest have been affected by canopy change resulting...
Author(s): Amanda R. Carlson, Jason S. Sibold, Jose F. Negron
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Subalpine coniferous forests are adapted to cycles of fire and successional development, but increasing fire frequency and severity are altering historical stand structure, composition, and plant diversity. For instance, conifer regeneration has become increasingly variable as a result of prolonged aridity following fire, but the...
Author(s): Andrew J. Andrade, Diana F. Tomback, Timothy R. Seastedt, Sabine Mellmann-Brown
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A key pursuit in contemporary ecology is to differentiate regime shifts that are truly irreversible from those that are hysteretic. Many ecological regime shifts have been labeled as irreversible without exploring the full range of variability in stabilizing feedbacks that have the potential to drive an ecological regime shift back...
Author(s): Christine H. Bielski, Rheinhardt Scholtz, Victoria M. Donovan, Craig R. Allen, Dirac Twidwell
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Increasing wildfire activity in western North America has the potential to remove forest canopy cover over large areas, increasing the vulnerability of understory plants and juvenile trees to microclimatic extremes. To understand the impacts of wildfire on forest microclimatic buffering, we monitored daily temperature and vapor...
Author(s): Kyra D. Wolf, Philip E. Higuera, Kimberley T. Davis, Solomon Z. Dobrowski
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The spatial overlap of multiple ecological disturbances in close succession has the capacity to alter trajectories of ecosystem recovery. Widespread bark beetle outbreaks and wildfire have affected many forests in western North America in the past two decades in areas of important habitat for native ungulates. Bark beetle outbreaks...
Author(s): Robert A. Andrus, Sarah J. Hart, Niko Tutland, Thomas T. Veblen
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest operations can affect soil productivity by impacting the amount and distribution of surface organic matter (OM) and changing the properties of surface mineral soil. The North American Long-Term Soil Productivity Study (LTSP) was developed to address such long-term changes after pulse disturbances associated with clearcut...
Author(s): Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, Martin F. Jurgensen, Chris A. Miller, Matt Busse, Michael P. Curran, Thomas A. Terry, Joanne M. Tirocke, Jim Archuleta, Michael P. Murray
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires in forest ecosystems have been well studied, while wildfires in rangelands ecosystems have received less attention. This study evaluated temporal trends of large wildfires on rangelands in western US from 1984 to 2017, using the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) product (captured wildfires ≥405 ha in size in...
Author(s): Zheng Li, Jay P. Angerer, X. Ben Wu
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Subalpine forests that historically burned every 100–300 yr are expected to burn more frequently as climate warms, perhaps before trees reach reproductive maturity or produce a serotinous seedbank. Tree regeneration after short‐interval (<30‐yr) high‐severity fire will increasingly rely on seed dispersal from unburned trees, but...
Author(s): Nathan S. Gill, Tyler J. Hoecker, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2021
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).