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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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Accurately modeling the duration and extent of soil heating from prescribed fires and wildfires is vital to predicting many second-order fire effects, including development of soil hydrophobicity and other biological, chemical, and physical effects. Advancements have been made in the process-based soil heating models that consider...
Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud, William J. Massman, Anthony S. Bova, Antonio Girona-García, Mathew Lesiecki
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Estimates of historical fire regime parameters in mountain big sagebrush communities can be compared with current fire regimes and trends to establish general guidelines for ecological restoration. A synthesis of information on historical patterns and contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes in mountain big sagebrush...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Risk management typologies and their resulting archetypes can structure the many social and biophysical drivers of community wildfire risk into a set number of strategies to build community resilience. Existing typologies omit key factors that determine the scale and mechanism by which exposure from large wildfires occur. These...
Author(s): Cody Evers, Alan A. Ager, Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Palaiologos Palaiologou, Ken Bunzel
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Despite the existing large body of research on plant‐animal interactions, plant research and animal research are still relatively independent and asymmetrical in relation to disturbance. Animals and plants are likely to have different fire responses, yet biodiversity studies in relation to disturbance may benefit from a more...
Author(s): Juli G. Pausas
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Research highlights: The biology of mountain pine beetle (MPB), Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins, in Colorado’s lodgepole pine forests exhibits similarities and differences to other parts of its range. Brood emergence was not influenced by stand density nor related to tree diameter. The probability of individual tree attack is...
Author(s): Jose F. Negron
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire, a primary natural disturbance in many forests, affects soil nutrient availability and spatial distributions of forest plants. However, post-fire changes in soil nutrients and spatial patterns of understory environments at fine scales are poorly understood. Here, we characterized spatial patterns of soil nitrogen...
Author(s): Jian-jian Kong, Jian Yang, Bo Liu, Lin Qi
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Soil heating caused by prescribed or wildland fire commonly focuses on a single biological thermal threshold of 60 °C for the duration of one minute to represent organism death. This metric severely misrepresents the heterogeneity of the soil environment, the physiological attributes and tolerances of organisms, and the complexity...
Author(s): Melissa R.A. Pingree, Leda N. Kobziar
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This Species Review covers two varieties of ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa var. benthamiana and P. p. var. ponderosa. 'Ponderosa pine' refers to both varieties. Ponderosa pine adapted to dry environments but occupies a wide variety of sites. It dominates or codominates low-elevation, dry forests and tends to form savannas in which...
Author(s): Janet L. Fryer
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Management or Planning Document
We used data collected from >1400 plots by a national forest inventory to quantify population-level indicators for a tree species of concern. Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) has recently experienced high mortality throughout its US range, where we assessed the area of land with whitebark pine present, size-class distribution of...
Author(s): Sara Goeking, Deborah Kay Izlar
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Shifting climates and annual grass invasions have contributed to the increased number and size of fires in the western United States costing millions of dollars in fire suppression and post-fire rehabilitation. Post-fire rehabilitation implements fuel treatments, such as aerial and drill seeding, to control annual grass invasion and...
Author(s): Beth A. Newingham, Eva K. Strand
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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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).