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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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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
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
We collected field and remotely sensed data spanning 10 years after three 2003 Montana wildfires to monitor ecological change across multiple temporal and spatial scales. Multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis was used to create post-fire maps of: char, soil, green (GV) and non-photosynthetic (NPV) vegetation from high-...
Author(s): Sarah A. Lewis, Andrew T. Hudak, Peter R. Robichaud, Penelope Morgan, K.L. Satterberg, Eva K. Strand, Alistair M. S. Smith, J Zamudio, Leigh B. Lentile
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
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
Recent population declines to the high elevation western North America foundation species whitebark pine, have been driven by the synergistic effects of the invasive blister rust pathogen, mountain pine beetle (MPB), fire exclusion, and climate change. This has led to consideration for listing whitebark pine (WBP) as a threatened or...
Author(s): Erin L. Landguth, Zachary A. Holden, M. F. Mahalovich, Samuel A. Cushman
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mountain big sagebrush is a widely distributed shrub native to the western United States. Mountain big sagebrush ecosystems support hundreds of plant and animal species, including several sagebrush obligates. The distribution of mountain big sagebrush has been reduced since European-American settlement, and is likely to be further...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Synthesis
In this issue of the GSD Update, we take a look back at selected studies of the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program (GSD) that depict its strengths and focus areas. Significant results of recent research and science delivery by GSD scientists are highlighted. We feature program research that lines up with the...
Author(s): Deborah M. Finch
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Management or Planning Document
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

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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).