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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).

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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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Potential improvement of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud. var. latifolia Engelm.) solid-wood properties was examined by estimating age trends of inheritance, age–age genetic correlations, and the efficiency of early selection using 823 increment cores sampled from 207 half-sib families at two independent progeny trials...
Author(s): Haleh Hayatgheibi, Anders Fries, Johan Kroon, Harry X. Wu
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Disturbance is a fundamental ecological process and driver of population dynamics. Ecologists seek to understand the effects of disturbance on ecological systems and to use disturbance to modify habitats degraded by anthropogenic change. Demographic responses by plants to disturbance are often well described, but demographic...
Author(s): Norah Warchola, Elizabeth E. Crone, Cheryl B. Schultz
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
When disturbances recur at rates shorter than an ecosystems rate of recovery, it has the potential to result in significant changes to ecosystem structure and function. In western US forests, wildfire activity has increased and many severely burned areas are now re-burning before reforestation occurs. Historically, some of these...
Author(s): Kristen L. Shive, Scott L. Stephens
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Reducing the fuel load in fire-prone landscapes is aimed at mitigating the risk of catastrophic wildfires but there are ecological consequences. Maintaining habitat for fauna of both sufficient extent and connectivity while fragmenting areas of high fuel loads presents land managers with seemingly contrasting objectives. Faced with...
Author(s): Ramya Rachmawati, Melih Ozlen, John W. Hearne, Karin J. Reinke
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alpine treelines are expected to move upward in a warming climate, but downward in response to increases in wildfire. We studied the effects of fire on vegetation structure and composition across four alpine treeline ecotones extending from Abies lasiocarpa/Picea engelmannii forests at lower elevations, through Pinus albicaulis/...
Author(s): C. Alina Cansler, Donald McKenzie, Charles B. Halpern
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Historically, the ponderosa and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range were more open and grassy, and trees of all size classes were found in a grouped arrangement with sizable openings between the clumps. As a legacy of fire suppression, today’s forests are denser, with smaller trees. Proactive restoration of this...
Author(s): Susan Miller, Rob Addington, Gregory H. Aplet, Michael A. Battaglia, Anthony S. Cheng, Jonas A. Feinstein, Jeffrey L. Underhill
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Wildfires are increasing in size and severity in forested landscapes across the Western United States. Not only do fires alter land surfaces, but they also affect the surface water quality in downstream systems. Previous studies of individual fires have observed an increase in various forms of nutrients, ions, sediments and metals...
Author(s): Ashley J. Rust, Terri S. Hogue, Samuel Saxe, John McCray
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
To increase ecosystem resiliency, and achieve the desired future condition of stands with large tree retention and low fuel loads, federal agencies have actively implemented a large number of fuel reduction and forest restoration projects in low-elevation dry conifer forests throughout the western United States. A noteworthy example...
Author(s): Jane E. Smith, Daniel L. Luoma, Benjamin T. N. Hart
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Soils constitute one of the most valuable resources on earth, especially because soil is renewable on human time scales. During the 20th century, a period marked by a widespread rural exodus and land abandonment, fire suppression policies were adopted facilitating the accumulation of fuel in forested areas, exacerbating the effects...
Author(s): Meritxell Alcañiz, Luis R. Outeiro, Marcos Francos, Xavier Ubeda
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An improved understanding of atmospheric perturbations within and above a forest during a wildland fire has relevance to many aspects of wildland fires including fire spread, smoke transport and dispersion, and tree mortality. In this study, the ARPS-CANOPY model, a version of the Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) model...
Author(s): Michael T. Kiefer, Shiyuan Zhong, Warren Heilman, Joseph J. Charney, Xindi Bian
Year Published: 2018
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).