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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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The long-term effectiveness of dry-forest fuels treatments (restoration thinning and prescribed burning) depends, in part, on the pace at which trees regenerate and recruit into the overstory. Knowledge of the factors that shape post-treatment regeneration and growth is limited by the short timeframes and simple disturbance...
Author(s): Allison K. Rossman, Jonathan D. Bakker, David W. Peterson, Charles B. Halpern
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We measured forest-floor accumulation in ponderosa pine forests of central Oregon and asked whether selected ecological functions of the organic layer were altered by thinning and repeated burning. Experimental treatments included three thinning methods applied in 1989 (stem only, whole tree, no thin—control) in factorial...
Author(s): Matt Busse, Ross Gerrard
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Changing disturbance regimes and climate can overcome forest ecosystem resilience. Following high-severity fire, forest recovery may be compromised by lack of tree seed sources, warmer and drier postfire climate, or short-interval reburning. A potential outcome of the loss of resilience is the conversion of the prefire forest to a...
Author(s): Jonathan D. Coop, Sean A. Parks, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Shelley Crausbay, Philip E. Higuera, Matthew D. Hurteau, Alan J. Tepley, Ellen Whitman, Timothy J. Assal, Brandon M. Collins, Kimberley T. Davis, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Donald A. Falk, Paula J. Fornwalt, Peter Z. Fule, Brian J. Harvey, Van R. Kane, Caitlin E. Littlefield, Ellis Q. Margolis, Malcolm P. North, Marc-Andre Parisien, Susan J. Prichard, Kyle Rodman
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Many research studies and syntheses have suggested that prescribed fire (Rx fire) and wildland fire use fires (WFU) are perhaps the most effective tool for restoring whitebark pine ecosystems (Murray et al. 1995, Keane et al. 2012, Perkins 2015, Keane 2018). Rx and WFU fires can kill competing conifers; reduce surface and canopy...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Andrew Bower, Sharon M. Hood
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context: Landscape science relies on foundational concepts of landscape ecology and seeks to understand the physical, biological, and human components of ecosystems to support land management decision-making. Incorporating landscape science into land management decisions, however, remains challenging. Many lands in the western...
Author(s): Sarah Carter, David S. Pilliod, Travis Haby, Karen L. Prentice, Cameron L. Aldridge, Patrick J. Anderson, Z.H. Bowen, John Bradford, Samuel A. Cushman, Joseph C. DeVivo, Michael C. Duniway, Ryan S. Hathaway, Lisa Nelson, Courtney Schultz, Rudy M. Schuster, E. Jamie Trammell
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Questions: Increased wildfire activity is resulting in plant community‐type conversions worldwide. In some regions, fire‐sensitive forests are being replaced by flammable fire‐resilient communities, increasing the likelihood of reburning due to positive fire feedbacks. Here we evaluated whether fire severity affects postfire plant...
Author(s): Jennifer B. Landesmann, Florencia Tiribelli, Juan Paritsis, Thomas T. Veblen, Thomas Kitzberger
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Stand-replacing fires burned at 100 to 300-year intervals for millennia in subalpine conifer forests of western North America, but forests are burning more frequently as climate warms. Postfire tree regeneration is reduced when young forests reburn before recovering from previous fires or when drought occurs during postfire years....
Author(s): Tyler J. Hoecker, Winslow D. Hansen, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The mountainous grassland ecosystem in Golden Gate National Park (South Africa) has post-fire ecological resilience. However, vegetation species composition and structure can alter when the ecosystem continually has uncontrolled fires. This study developed a vegetation response-ability model by integrating environmental factors (...
Author(s): Efosa G. Adagbasa, Samuel A. Adelabu, Tom W. Okello
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Warming‐induced mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae; MPB) outbreaks have caused extensive mortality of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis; WBP) throughout the species’ range. In the highest mountains where WBP occur, they cross alpine treeline ecotones (ATEs) where growth forms transition from trees to shrub‐like krummholz,...
Author(s): Colin T. Maher, Constance I. Millar, David L.R. Affleck, Robert E. Keane, Anna Sala, Claudine Tobalske, Andrew J. Larson, Cara R. Nelson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In frequent‐fire forests, wildland fire acts as a self‐ regulating process creating forest structures that consist of a fine‐grained mosaic of isolated trees, tree groups of various sizes, and non‐treed openings. Though the self‐regulation of forest structure through repeated fires is acknowledged, few studies have investigated the...
Author(s): Scott M. Ritter, Chad M. Hoffman, Michael A. Battaglia, Camille Stevens-Rumann, William E. Mell
Year Published: 2020
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).