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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 4,800 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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Climate change in concert with fire suppression is increasing the size, severity and frequency of fires globally. At the same time, insects, an exceptionally biodiverse group that provide essential ecosystem services such as pollination and decomposition, are declining precipitously. We know little, however, about the fire...
Author(s): Stephen C. Mason Jr., Vaughn Shirey, Lauren C. Ponisio, Jon K. Gelhaus
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
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
Increased wildfire activity and climate change have intensified disturbance regimes globally and have raised concern among scientists and land managers about the resilience of disturbed landscapes. Here we test the effects of climate, topographic variation, and pre-fire stand structure on regeneration in lodgepole pine (Pinus...
Author(s): Jaclyn Guz, Nathan S. Gill, Dominik Kulakowski
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
Fire ecology has a long history of empirical investigation in rangelands. However, the science is inconclusive and incomplete, sparking increasing interest on how to advance the discipline. Here, we introduce a new framework for qualitatively and quantitatively understanding the ranges of variability in fire regimes typical of...
Author(s): Dirac Twidwell, Christine H. Bielski, Rheinhardt Scholtz, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf
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
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
Wildland fire shaped the historical ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer forest landscapes throughout the West. Fire was also a controlling force in most of the drier vegetation types, ranging from shortgrass prairie to chaparral, scrub oak, and pinyon–juniper woodlands. It is therefore no surprise that wildland fire suppression in all...
Author(s): Stephen F. Arno
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Non‐native, invasive Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) is pervasive in sagebrush ecosystems in the Great Basin ecoregion of the western United States, competing with native plants and promoting more frequent fires. As a result, cheatgrass invasion likely alters carbon (C) storage in the region. Many studies have measured C pools in one...
Author(s): R. Chelsea Nagy, Emily J. Fusco, Jennifer Balch, John T. Finn, Adam L. Mahood, Jenica M. Allen, Bethany A. Bradley
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).