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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 severity and extent of recent fires (1979-1990) were compared with that of presettlement fires (pre-1935) by eight major forest types in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (SBW) in Idaho and Montana. Presettlement fire intervals were determined for estimating area burned. Presettlement annual area burned for the entire SBW was 4,...
Author(s): James K. Brown, Stephen F. Arno, Stephen W. Barrett, James P. Menakis
Year Published: 1994
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The landscape and stand-level fire history of lodgepole pine dominated forest in Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest is assessed. Primary objective were to: 1) determine pre-1900 fire periodicities, severities, and burning patterns in the area's lodgepole pine dominated stands, and 2) document and map the forest age class mosaic,...
Author(s): Stephen W. Barrett
Year Published: 1993
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Duration and intensity of western spruce budworm (Christoneura occidentalis Freeman) outbreaks have increased with the decrease in forest fire frequency in Montana since 1910. Frequency of budworm outbreaks, however, was not affected. Feeding activity and fire occurrence were measured in 20 mixed Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii...
Author(s): Leslie Anderson, Clinton E. Carlson, Ronald H. Wakimoto
Year Published: 1987
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The historical importance of fire was investigated on the upper Swan Valley winter white-tailed deer range in northwestern Montana. The relatively recent impacts of logging on winter range quality were also included in these studies. Fire exclusion has led to successional development of once open-canopied mature seral forests, and...
Author(s): June D. Freedman, James R. Habeck
Year Published: 1985
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
The fire cycle in low-elevation mesic coniferous forests of the Bitterroot Canyons, Montana, has changed from about 60 years before European settlement to about 7500 years between 1910 and 1980. The decreased fire frequency may be responsible for increased severity of western spruce bud worm outbreaks (Choristoneuraoccidentalis...
Author(s): Bruce McCune
Year Published: 1983
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The importance of fire as an ecological disturbance in the Northern Rockies is well accepted. Lightning is generally thought to have been the main source of ignition prior to settlement by Europeans. But writings of explorers and pioneers mention deliberate burning by Indians frequently enough to warrant an investigation of its...
Author(s): Stephen W. Barrett, Stephen F. Arno
Year Published: 1982
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The authors examine variation in the length of mean intervals between fires (occurring between the years 1600 and 1910) in sample units of various sizes, ranging from a point on the ground (single tree) to a large stand (200 to 800 acres; 80 to 320 hectares). Recommendations are made regarding appropriate sizes of sample units for...
Author(s): Stephen F. Arno, Terry D. Petersen
Year Published: 1982
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Most presettlement Canadian and Alaskan boreal forests and Rocky Mountain subalpine forests had lightning fire regimes of large-scale crown fires and high-intensity surface fires, causing total stand replacement on fire rotations (or cycles) to 50 to 200 years. Cycles and fire size varied with latitude, elevation, and topographic-...
Author(s): Miron L. Heinselman
Year Published: 1981
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Recent fire-scar studies in the northern Rocky Mountains have documented forest fire history over the past few centuries. They reveal that in some forest types fire maintained many-aged open stands of seral trees. In other types, major fires caused replacement of the stands. Often, however, fires burned at variable intensities,...
Author(s): Stephen F. Arno
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dendrochronology, the study of annual rings in woody plants, has developed into a useful tool for a number of different fields of study. Based on the interaction of trees and the climate, it is possible to use tree-rings as proxy data in reconstruction of past climates and river runoff. It has been a dating tool of archaeologists....
Author(s): Marvin A. Stokes
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper

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