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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).

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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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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
Diana Six has been studying pine bark beetles for 25 years, and still can’t say she completely understands them. Lately, she’s been diving into a topic she has always found even more confounding - forest management. This article describes an interview with Six that describes forest resilience in face of climate change.
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Fire is returning to many conifer-dominated forests where species composition and structure have been altered by fire exclusion. Ecological effects of these fires are influenced strongly by the degree of forest change during the fire-free period. Response of fire-adapted species assemblages to extended fire-free intervals is highly...
Author(s): Christopher D. O'Connor, Donald A. Falk, Ann M. Lynch, Thomas W. Swetnam, Craig P. Wilcox
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An understanding of the long-term vegetation structure, patterns of fuel succession, and potential for reburn in sagebrush-dominated ecosystems is important for managing the landscape at a temporal scale that is appropriate for the ecological interactions in these systems. Our overarching research objective was to fill existing...
Author(s): Lisa M. Ellsworth, J. Boone Kauffman
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Ecosystem resilience to climate change is contingent on post-disturbance plant regeneration. Sparse gymnosperm regeneration has been documented in subalpine forests following recent wildfires and compounded disturbances, both of which are increasing. In the US Intermountain West, this may cause a shift to non-forest in some areas,...
Author(s): Nathan S. Gill, Florencia Sangermano, Brian Buma, Dominik Kulakowski
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fens are common wetlands in the Beartooth Mountains on the Shoshone National Forest, Clarks Fork Ranger District, in Park County, Wyoming. Fens harbor plant species found in no other habitats, and some rare plants occurring in Beartooth fens are found nowhere else in Wyoming. This report summarizes the studies on Beartooth fens from...
Author(s): Bonnie Heidel, Walter Fertig, Sabine Mellmann-Brown, Kent E. Houston, Kathleen A. Dwire
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Prescribed burning is a primary tool for habitat restoration and management in fire-adapted grasslands. Concerns about detrimental effects of burning on butterfly populations, however, can inhibit implementation of treatments. Burning in cool and humid conditions is likely to result in lowered soil temperatures and to produce...
Author(s): Kathryn C. Hill, Jonathan D. Bakker, Peter W. Dunwiddie
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Aspen ecosystems are valued because they add biodiversity and ecological value to the landscape. They provide rich and productive habitats and increase aesthetic value. Climate change poses the risk of altering and disrupting these ecosystems, and it may worsen the effects of non-climate stressors. To provide scientific information...
Author(s): Janine Rice, Tim Bardsley, Pete Gomben, Dustin Bambrough, Stacey Weems, Allen Huber, Linda A. Joyce
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Specific objectives of this review are to address the current status and future outlook of aspen across a range of ecosystems in the US Northern Rockies. Specifically, we aim to answer the following questions: Is aspen declining in the Northern Rockies, and if so what are the underlying causes? Where should aspen...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan, Eva K. Strand, Diane Abendroth
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Synthesis
The western spruce budworm (Choristoneura occidentalis occidentalis Freeman) is recognized as the most ecologically and economically damaging defoliator in western North America. Synchronous western spruce budworm outbreaks can occur over much of a host species’ range, causing widespread limb and tree mortality, regeneration delays...
Author(s): Todd M. Ellis, Aquila Flower
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).