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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 4,700 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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Every fire season in the western United States, we see on television the predictable images of 100-foot flames spreading through tree crowns, while grim-faced news anchors report how many acres of forest were “destroyed” by the latest “catastrophic” fire. The reaction is understandable. For decades, countless Smokey the Bear...
Author(s): Chad T. Hanson
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Persistent changes in tree mortality rates can alter forest structure, composition, and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration. Our analyses of longitudinal data from unmanaged old forests in the western United States showed that background (noncatastrophic) mortality rates have increased rapidly in recent decades, with...
Author(s): Phillip J. van Mantgem, Nathan L. Stephenson, John C. Byrne, Lori D. Daniels, Jerry F. Franklin, Peter Z. Fule, Mark E. Harmon, Andrew J. Larson, Jeremy M. Smith, Alan H. Taylor, Thomas T. Veblen
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Until late in the nineteenth century, magnificent ponderosa pine forests blanketed much of the inland West. They covered perhaps 30 million acres, an area the size of New York state, spreading across the mountains of New Mexico, Arizona, and California and flourishing throughout the eastern Cascades, the intermountain Pacific...
Author(s): Stephen F. Arno, Lars Ostlund, Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Our objective was to infer the climate drivers of regionally synchronous fire years in dry forests of the U.S. northern Rockies in Idaho and western Montana. During our analysis period (1650-1900), we reconstructed fires from 9245 fire scars on 576 trees (mostly ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa P....
Author(s): Emily K. Heyerdahl, Penelope Morgan, James P. Riser
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alluvial fan deposits are widespread and preserve millennial-length records of fire. We used these records to examine changes in fire regimes over the last 2000 years in Yellowstone National Park mixed-conifer forests and drier central Idaho ponderosa pine forests. In Idaho, frequent, small, fire-related erosional events occurred...
Author(s): Jennifer L. Pierce, Grant A. Meyer
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Pollen and high-resolution charcoal records from the north-western USA provide an opportunity to examine the linkages among fire, climate, and fuels on multiple temporal and spatial scales. The data suggest that general charcoal levels were low in the late-glacial period and increased steadily through the last 11 000 years with...
Author(s): Cathy L. Whitlock, Jennifer R. Marlon, Christy E. Briles, Andrea R. Brunelle, Colin J. Long, Patrick J. Bartlein
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Quantifying the historical range and variability of landscape composition and structure using simulation modeling is becoming an important means of assessing current landscape condition and prioritizing landscapes for ecosystem restoration. However, most simulated time series are generated using static climate conditions which fail...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Lisa M. Holsinger, Russell A. Parsons, Kathy L. Gray
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Paleoecological reconstructions from two lakes in the U.S. northern Rocky Mountain region of Idaho and Montana revealed the presence of bark beetle elytra and head capsules (cf. Dendroctonus spp., most likely D. ponderosae, mountain pine beetle). Occurrence of these macrofossils during the period of time associated with the 1920/...
Author(s): Andrea R. Brunelle, Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Barbara J. Bentz, A. Steven Munson
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We evaluated agreement in the location and occurrence of 20th century fires recorded in digital fire atlases with those inferred from fire scars that we collected systematically at one site in Idaho and from existing fire-scar reconstructions at four sites in Washington. Fire perimeters were similar for two of three 20th century...
Author(s): Lauren B. Shapiro, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire plays a large role in structuring sagebrush ecosystems; however, we have little knowledge of how vegetation changes with time as succession proceeds from immediate postfire to mature stands. We sampled at 38 sites in southwest Montana dominated by 3 subspecies of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt.). At each site we...
Author(s): Peter Lesica, Stephen V. Cooper, Greg Kudray
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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