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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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Historical evidence indicates that fires were prevalent in grasslands. In the past, big prairie fires usually occurred during drought years that followed l to 3 years of above-average precipitation, which provided abundant and continuous fuel. Fire frequency probably varied from 5 to l0 years in level-to-rolling topography and from...
Author(s): Henry A. Wright, Arthur W. Bailey
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Slash burning in a clearcut under conditions producing very light to light burn intensities (
Author(s): Nellie M. Stark
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Base line data on species cover (m /0.01 ha) and volume of space occupied (m /0.01 ha) for the initial 6 to 9 years of secondary forest succession for western larch-Douglas-fir forests is presented in tabular form for 20 study areas in western Montana. Disturbance treatments include wildfire and clearcutting followed by broadcast...
Author(s): Peter F. Stickney
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The effects of burning no nitrogen (N) losses and transformations in red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.), eastern hemlock [Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carr.], and Douglas-fir (Pseulotsuga menziesii)/western larch (Larix occidentalis Nutt.) forest floor were investigated. Organic horizon samples were burned at 400°C for 30 min in a top-heating...
Author(s): G. D. Mroz, Martin F. Jurgensen, Alan E. Harvey, Michael J. Larsen
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire frequencies averaged 32 to 70 years in sagebrush-grass communities. Early spring and late fall fires are the least harmful to perennial grasses, although small plants and those with coarse stems are more tolerant of fire than large plants and those with leafy stems. Cheatgrass can be suppressed by burning in early summer, but...
Author(s): Henry A. Wright, Leon F. Neuenschwander, Carlton M. Britton
Year Published: 1979
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
The quality of a forest site is governed by its physical conditions (temperature, moisture, soil parent materials) as they affect plant and soil. Microbes greatly affect soil development. Their activities mediate nutrient status through release, acquisition, retention, and recycling. Microbes, in part, are responsible for soil...
Author(s): Alan E. Harvey, Martin F. Jurgensen, Michael J. Larsen
Year Published: 1979
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Elk use of aspen alones was deterred only one winter following prescribed fire. Numbers of aspen suckers on the nine burned clones increased 178 percent in 3 years, but the response varied greatly among clones. Elk browsing the third winter after burning averaged 44 percent of current annual growth, and eliminated incremental height...
Author(s): Joseph V. Basile
Year Published: 1979
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
In early September 1975, two clearcuts (14 and 17 acres; 5.7 and 6.9 ha), two sets of 4 small clearcuts (1.5 acres; 0.6 ha each), and one shelterwood cutting (22 acres; 8.9 ha) were broadcast burned principally for seedbed preparation and fuel reduction on the Coram Experimental Forest. The objective was to develop a model for...
Author(s): Donald K. Artley, Raymond C. Shearer, Robert W. Steele
Year Published: 1978
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Prescribed burning under mature Larch/Douglas-fir forests produced changes in elemental uptake. Elemental analyses of individual species and existing biomass three years post-burn from hot, medium, and lightly burned sites and unburned controls showed a significant shift in species composition with burn intensity. Few species from...
Author(s): Nellie M. Stark, R. Steel
Year Published: 1977
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Twenty control burns performed with a wide range of fuel loadings and moisture conditions were used to study the effectiveness of old fuel reduction under standing Douglas-fir/larch forest. This paper reports the influence of burning on nutrient retention and loss from the soil. Sixty % of the fires were successful in reducing...
Author(s): Nellie M. Stark
Year Published: 1977
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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