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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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Western larch (Larix occidentalis Nutt.) is an endemic pioneer species in northwestern North America and unique as a deciduous conifer and the most shade-intolerant, fastest growing, and most fire-resistant species in the northwestern United States. To better understand its production ecology, we used a multilevel modeling approach...
Author(s): Geoffrey M. Williams, Andrew S. Nelson, David L.R. Affleck
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change indirectly affects forest ecosystems through changes in the frequency, size, and/or severity of wildfires. In addition to its direct effects prior to fire, climate also influences immediate postfire recruitment, with consequences for future vegetation structure and fire activity. A major uncertainty, therefore, is if...
Author(s): Kimberley T. Davis, Philip E. Higuera, Anna Sala
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed burning has the potential to improve habitat for species that depend on pyric ecosystems or other early successional vegetation types. For species that occupy diverse plant communities over the extent of their range, response to disturbances such as fire might vary based on post-disturbance vegetation dynamics among plant...
Author(s): Laura C. Gigliotti, Benjamin C. Jones, Matthew J. Lovallo, Duane R. Diefenbach
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The large mediatic coverage of recent massive wildfires across the world has emphasized the vulnerability of freshwater resources. The extensive hydrogeomorphic effects from a wildfire can impair the ability of watersheds to provide safe drinking water to downstream communities and high-quality water to maintain riverine ecosystem...
Author(s): Francois-Nicolas Robinne, Kevin D. Bladon, Carol Miller, Marc-Andre Parisien, Jerome Mathieu, Michael D. Flannigan
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire-maintained pine (Pinus spp.) forests, characterized by a diverse herbaceous layer, sparse midstory layer, and a dominant pine overstory, once covered approximately 30 million ha in the southeastern United States. Fire suppression, landscape changes, and land management changes have contributed to reduced suitability of many...
Author(s): Raymond B. Iglay, Rachel E. Greene, Bruce D. Leopold, Darren A. Miller
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The biogeochemical and stoichiometric signature of vegetation fire may influence post-fire ecosystem characteristics and the evolution of plant ‘fire traits’. Phosphorus (P), a potentially limiting nutrient in many fire-prone environments, might be particularly important in this context; however, the effects of fire on P cycling...
Author(s): Orpheus M. Butler, James J. Elser, Tom Lewis, Brendan Mackey, Chengrong Chen
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Executive summary: Wildfires are a fact of life for westerners. They mark the beginning of the spring season and have been a keystone architect of biodiverse ecosystems for millennia. While wildfires are not eco-catastrophes, they are a health concern, evoke public fear-of-fire exploited by decision makers seeking to push through...
Author(s): Dominick A. DellaSala, Timothy Ingalsbee, Chad T. Hanson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Ecological restoration is predicated on our abilities to discern plant taxa. Taxonomic identification is a first step in ensuring that plants are appropriately adapted to the site. An example of the need to identify taxonomic differences comes from big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). This species is composed of three predominant...
Author(s): Bryce A. Richardson, Alicia A. Boyd, Tanner Tobiasson, Matthew J. Germino
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large fires have tremendous effects on the characteristics of water-producing watersheds and the quality of the water coming out of them. This article discusses the effects of wildland fires on water quality and suggests ways of managing fire-prone forested water source areas to prevent their degradation from wildfires. The article...
Author(s): Aregai Tecle, Daniel G. Neary
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest resilience to climate change is a global concern given the potential effects of increased disturbance activity, warming temperatures and increased moisture stress on plants. We used a multi-regional dataset of 1485 sites across 52 wildfires from the US Rocky Mountains to ask if and how changing climate over the last several...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Kerry Kemp, Philip E. Higuera, Brian J. Harvey, Monica T. Rother, Daniel C. Donato, Penelope Morgan, Thomas T. Veblen
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).