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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 3,600 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.

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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Globally, wildfire size and frequency has increased in the last thirty years across numerous ecosystems. Models predict that trend to continue with increases in temperature and shifts in seasonal precipitation caused by climate change. In the western United States, these trends are exacerbated by invasive annual grasses that create...
Author(s): Eva K. Strand, Beth A. Newingham, Chris Bowman-Prideaux
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Landsat-based fire severity maps have limited ecological resolution, which can hinder assessments of change to specific resources. Therefore, we evaluated the use of pre- and post-fire LiDAR, and combined LiDAR with Landsat-based relative differenced Normalized Burn Ratio (RdNBR) estimates, to increase the accuracy and resolution of...
Author(s): Michael S. Hoe, Christopher J. Dunn, Hailemariam Temesgen
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Disturbances alter ecosystem, community, or population structures and change elements of the biological and/or physical environment. Climate changes can alter the timing, magnitude, frequency, and duration of disturbance events, as well as the interactions of disturbances on a landscape, and climate change may already be affecting...
Author(s): Rachel A. Loehman, Barbara J. Bentz, Gregg DeNitto, Robert E. Keane, Mary Manning, Jacob P. Duncan, Joel M. Egan, Marcus B. Jackson, Sandra Kegley, I. Blakley Lockman, Dean E. Pearson, James A. Powell, Steve Shelly, Brytten E. Steed, Paul J. Zambino
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ecological restoration is predicated on our abilities to discern plant taxa. Taxonomic identification is a first step in ensuring that plants are appropriately adapted to the site. An example of the need to identify taxonomic differences comes from big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). This species is composed of three predominant...
Author(s): Bryce A. Richardson, Alicia A. Boyd, Tanner Tobiasson, Matthew J. Germino
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Locations within forest fires that remain unburned or burn at low severity—known as fire refugia—are important components of contemporary burn mosaics, but their composition and structure at regional scales are poorly understood. Focusing on recent, large wildfires across the US Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington), our...
Author(s): Garrett W. Meigs, Meg A. Krawchuk
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
It has been 5 years since the High Park Fire burned over 85,000 acres in Northern Colorado, causing extensive property damage, loss of life, and severe impacts to the water quality of the Poudre River. In the fall of 2016, a conference was organized by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Coalition for the Poudre River...
Author(s): Charles C. Rhoades, Peter R. Robichaud, Sandra E. Ryan, Jen Kovecses, Carl Chambers, Sara Rathburn, Jared Heath, Stephanie Kampf, Codie Wilson, Dan Brogan, Brad Piehl, Mary Ellen Miller, John Giordanengo, Erin Berryman, Monique E. Rocca
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Western spruce budworm (Choristoneura freemani Razowski; WSBW) is the most significant defoliator of coniferous trees in the western United States. Despite its important influence on Western forests, there are still gaps in our knowledge of WSBW’s impact on fire, and little research has been done on this relationship in high-...
Author(s): Eric Vane, Kristen M. Waring, Adam Polinko
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this field guide, I use a “systems approach” to aspen ecology and management. We have learned much, though perhaps not adequately communicated, about varying aspen types around our region (Rogers et al. 2014). For example, what new information is available about fire behavior in aspen, and how might we best apply that knowledge...
Author(s): Paul C. Rogers
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fire is an enormously influential disturbance over large areas of land in the modern world. Vegetation burns because the Earth’s atmosphere contains sufficient oxygen (415%) to support combustion (Pyne, 2001). Oxygen started to accumulate in the atmosphere about 2 billion years ago and, since the appearance of plants in the Devonian...
Author(s): William J. Bond, Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Synthesis
Our understanding of how climate and fire have impacted quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) communities prior to the 20th century is fairly limited. This study analysed the period between 4500 and 2000 cal. yr BP to assess the pre-historic role of climate and fire on an aspen community during an aspen-dominated period.
Author(s): Vachel A. Carter, Andrea R. Brunelle, John D. Shaw, Thomas A. Minckley, R. Justin DeRose, Simon C. Brewer
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).