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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 4,000 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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Forest watersheds provide over half of our national water supplies. Millions of people depend on surface freshwater supplies from fire-prone headwater forests, used for drinking, irrigation, industry, and hydropower. However wildland fires in the contiguous United States (CONUS) have increased in frequency, size, and severity,...
Author(s): Ge Sun, Dennis W. Hallema, Erika C. Cohen, Steven G. McNulty, Peter V. Caldwell, Francois-Nicolas Robinne, Steven P. Norman, Yongqiang Liu
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Background: Wildfires, like many disturbances, can be catalysts for ecosystem change. Given projected climate change, tree regeneration declines and ecosystem shifts following severe wildfires are predicted. We reviewed scientific literature on post-fire tree regeneration to understand where and why no or few trees established. We...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan
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
Fire, including prescribed burning, is common on peatlands globally and can affect vegetation, including peat-forming Sphagnum mosses, and affect ecosystem services. We monitored vegetation in different burn-age categories at three UK peatland sites over a 19-month period. Half of the plots had Sphagnum fragments added and their...
Author(s): Alice Noble, Sheila M. Palmer, David J. Glaves, Alistair Crowle, Joseph Holden
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest canopies buffer climate extremes and promote microclimates that may function as refugia for understory species under changing climate. However, the biophysical conditions that promote and maintain microclimatic buffering and its stability through time are largely unresolved. We posited that forest microclimatic buffering is...
Author(s): Kimberley T. Davis, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Zachary A. Holden, Philip E. Higuera, John T. Abatzoglou
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
Smouldering fire vulnerability in organic-rich, wetland soils is regulated by hydrologic regimes over short (by antecedent wetness) and long (through influences on soil properties) timescales. An integrative understanding of these controls is needed to inform fire predictions and hydrologic management to reduce fire vulnerability....
Author(s): Morgan L. Schulte, Daniel L. McLaughlin, Frederic C. Wurster, J. Morgan Varner, Ryan D. Stewart, W. Mike Aust, C. Nathan Jones, Bridget Gile
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large amounts of carbon are stored in northern peatlands. There is concern that greater wildfire severity following projected increases in summer drought will lead to higher post-fire carbon losses. We measured soil carbon dynamics in a Calluna heathland and a raised peat bog after experimentally manipulating fire severity. A...
Author(s): Roger Grau-Andrés, Alan Gray, G. Matt Davies, E. Marian Scott, Susan Waldron
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As highly productive and biologically diverse communities, healthy quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides; hereafter aspen) forests provide a wide range of ecosystem services across western North America. Western aspen decline during the last century has been attributed to several causes and their interactions, including altered fire...
Author(s): Stanley G. Kitchen, Patrick N. Behrens, Sherel Goodrich, Ashley Green, John Guyon, Mary H. O'Brien, David Tart
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Sagebrush is one of the most imperiled ecosystems in western North America, having lost about half of its original 62 million hectare extent. Annual grass invasions are known to be increasing wildfire occurrence and burned area, but the lasting effects (greater than five years post‐fire) that the resulting reburns have on these...
Author(s): Adam L. Mahood, Jennifer Balch
Year Published: 2019
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).