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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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The exotic annual grass Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) dominates vast acreages of rangeland in the western USA, leading to increased fire frequency and ecosystem degradation that is often irreversible. Episodic regeneration failure (“die-off”) has been observed in cheatgrass monocultures and can have negative ecosystem consequences,...
Author(s): Peter J. Weisberg, Thomas E. Dilts, Owen W. Baughman, Susan E. Meyer, Elizabeth A. Leger, K. Jane Van Gunst, Lauren Cleeves
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is an important disturbance in ponderosa pine communities in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. Effective management of these communities requires an understanding of historical fire regimes. This review provides a synthesis of the available scientific literature on historical patterns and contemporary changes in fuels...
Author(s): Shannon K. Murphy
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Synthesis
Nearly half of the area occupied by sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems before European-American settlement has been lost due to conversion to other land cover types, and agriculture, urbanization, and industrial development. Thus, conservation and proper management of these ecosystems has been a priority, especially following the...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Processes initiated by wildfire largely determine ecological characteristics of forested landscapes in subsequent decades, including vegetation composition, habitat quality, carbon balance, and probability of fire recurrence. Post-fire biomass dynamics have rarely been observed directly for high-elevation forests of the Pacific...
Author(s): Jane A. Kertis, Steven A. Acker, Robert J. Pabst
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Shifting fire regimes alter forest structure assembly in ponderosa pine forests and may produce structural heterogeneity following stand-replacing fire due, in part, to fine-scale variability in growing environments. We mapped tree regeneration in eighteen plots 11 to 15 years after stand-replacing fire in Colorado and South Dakota...
Author(s): Justin P. Ziegler, Chad M. Hoffman, Paula J. Fornwalt, Carolyn Hull Sieg, Michael A. Battaglia, Marin Chambers, Jose M. Iniguez
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Post-wildfire soil erosion can be caused by water or aeolian processes, yet most erosion research has focused on predominantly water-driven erosion. This study investigates the effectiveness of three agricultural mulches, with and without a tackifier, on aeolian sediment transport processes. A wind tunnel was used to simulate post-...
Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud, Jyoti Jennewein, B.S. Sharratt, Sarah A. Lewis, Robert E. Brown
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Drought and mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) outbreaks have affected millions of hectares of high-elevation conifer forests in the Northern Rocky Mountains during the past century. Little research has examined the distinction between mountain pine beetle outbreaks and climatic influence on radial growth in...
Author(s): Saskia L. van de Gevel, Evan R. Larson, Henri D. Grissino-Mayer
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Smouldering ground fires have severe environmental implications. Their main effects are the release of large amounts of carbon to the atmosphere with loses of organic soil and its biota. Quantitative data on the behaviour of smouldering wildfires are very scarce and are needed to understand its ecological effects, to validate fuel...
Author(s): Elsa Pastor, I Oliveras, E. Urquiaga-Flores , J.A. Quintano-Loayza, M.I. Manta, E. Planas
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires can increase the frequency and magnitude of catastrophic debris flows. Integrated, proactive naturalhazard assessment would therefore characterize landscapes based on the potential for the occurrence and interactions of wildfires and postwildfire debris flows. This chapter presents a new modeling effort that can quantify...
Author(s): Jessica R. Haas, Matthew P. Thompson, Anne Tillery, Joe H. Scott
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mountain big sagebrush is a widely distributed shrub native to the western United States. Mountain big sagebrush ecosystems support hundreds of plant and animal species, including several sagebrush obligates. The distribution of mountain big sagebrush has been reduced since European-American settlement, and is likely to be further...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Synthesis

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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).