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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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Throughout much of the 20th century, the heights of young quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) in Yellowstone National Park’s northern ungulate winter range were suppressed due to intensive herbivory by Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus). However, following the 1995–96 reintroduction of gray wolves (Canis lupus), completing the park...
Author(s): Robert L. Beschta, Luke E. Painter, William J. Ripple
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are likely to have a major influence on below-ground patterns and processes in forests but these effects and their consequences to forest succession are generally poorly known. Ectomycorrhizal macrofungi (ECM) is a key below-ground ecological group, mainly because of their functional relationships to trees. During severe...
Author(s): Kauko Salo, Jari Kouki
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire impacts on surface freshwater resources have not previously been measured, nor factored into regional water management strategies. But, large wildland fires are increasing and raise concerns about fire impacts on potable water. Here we synthesize longterm records of wildland fire, climate, and river flow for 168...
Author(s): Dennis W. Hallema, Ge Sun, Peter V. Caldwell, Steven P. Norman, Erika C. Cohen, Yongqiang Liu, Kevin D. Bladon, Steven G. McNulty
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire increases the likelihood of runoff, erosion, and downstream sedimentation in many of the watersheds that supply water for Colorado’s Front Range communities. The objectives of this study were to: (1) identify rainfall intensity thresholds for a post-fire runoff or sediment delivery response at plots (≤0.06 ha), hillslopes (...
Author(s): Codie Wilson, Stephanie Kampf, Joseph W. Wagenbrenner, Lee H. MacDonald
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Many forested mountain watersheds worldwide evolved with frequent fire, which Twentieth Century fire suppression activities eliminated, resulting in unnaturally dense forests with high water demand. Restoration of pre-suppression forest composition and structure through a variety of management activities could improve forest...
Author(s): Gabrielle Boisrame, Sally Thompson, Scott L. Stephens
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Although burned trees are the most visible damage following a wildfire, a forest’s soil can also be damaged. The heat generated by a wildfire can alter the soil’s physical properties and kill the fungi and bacteria that are responsible for nutrient cycling and other ecosystem services. What isn’t well understood is the extent of the...
Author(s): Andrea Watts, Jane E. Smith, Ariel D. Cowan, Ari A. Jumpponen
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
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
A warming climate, fire exclusion, and land cover changes are altering the conditions that produced historical fire regimes and facilitating increased recent wildfire activity in the northwestern United States. Understanding the impacts of changing fire regimes on forest recruitment and succession, species distributions, carbon...
Author(s): Arjan J. H. Meddens, Crystal A. Kolden, James A. Lutz, John T. Abatzoglou
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).