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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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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
Previous studies have suggested that bark beetles and fires can be interacting disturbances, whereby bark beetle–caused tree mortality can alter the risk and severity of subsequent wildland fires. However, there remains considerable uncertainty around the type and magnitude of the interaction between fires following bark beetle...
Author(s): Carolyn Hull Sieg, Rodman Linn, F. Pimont, Chad M. Hoffman, Joel D. McMillin, Judith Winterkamp, Scott L. Baggett
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Across the western United States, the three primary drivers of tree mortality and carbon balance are bark beetles, timber harvest, and wildfire. While these agents of forest change frequently overlap, uncertainty remains regarding their interactions and influence on specific subsequent fire effects such as change in canopy cover....
Author(s): T. Ryan McCarley, Crystal A. Kolden, Nicole M. Vaillant, Andrew T. Hudak, Alistair M. S. Smith, Jason Kreitler
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Current research on interactions between ecological disturbances emphasizes the potential for greatly enhanced ecological effects that may occur when disturbances interact. Much less attention has focused on the possibility of disturbance interactions that buffer ecological change. In this review, we discuss and classify evidence...
Author(s): Jeffery B. Cannon, Chris J. Peterson, Joseph J. O'Brien, J. Steven Brewer
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Understanding the drivers of ecosystem responses to disturbance is essential for management aimed at maintaining or restoring ecosystem processes and services, especially where invasive species respond strongly to disturbance. In this study, we used repeat vegetation surveys from a network of prescribed fire treatments at the...
Author(s): Alexandra K. Urza, Peter J. Weisberg, Jeanne C. Chambers, Jessica M. Dhaemers, David Board
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Severe disturbance such as wildfire may create important opportunities for plant communities to reorganize in response to environmental change, including climate change. Disturbance may be particularly important in forests where the foundational plant species (trees) are long-lived and usually establish soon after disturbance. The...
Author(s): Derek J. N. Young, Andrew Latimer
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Numerous studies have documented significant change in conifer forests of the American West following the cessation of recurrent fire at the end of the 19th century. But the successional dynamics that characterize different forested settings in the absence of fire remain poorly understood. This study reconstructs structural and...
Author(s): James D. Johnston
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia Engelm.) ecosystems of central British Columbia face cumulative stresses, and management practices are increasingly scrutinized. We addressed trade-offs between “light-on-the-land” versus more aggressive silvicultural approaches by examining plant communities and indicator species (non-...
Author(s): Sybille Haeussler, Torsten Kaffanke, Jacob O. Boateng, John McClarnon, Lorne Bedford
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The recent mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) epidemic has affected millions of hectares of conifer forests in the Rocky Mountains. Land managers are interested in using biomass from beetle-killed trees for bioenergy and biobased products, but they lack adequate information to accurately estimate biomass in...
Author(s): Woodam Chung, Paul Evangelista, Nathaniel Anderson, Anthony Vorster, Hee Han, Krishna Poudel, Robert Sturtevant
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).