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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 4,700 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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, and seminars.

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Paleoecological records detailing fire and vegetation histories during previous interglacials are extremely rare. We present a unique, high-resolution, 10-m long record of fire from a high elevation conifer-dominated site - the Snowmastodon (Ziegler Reservoir) site - in the southern Rocky Mountains, USA, for the period spanning MIS...
Author(s): R. Scott Anderson, Gonzalo Jiménez-Moreno, Monique Belanger, Christy E. Briles
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
During the End-Permian mass extinction event (EPME) there is extensive evidence for depletion of oxygen in the marine realm. Atmospheric models based upon biogeochemical cycling predict a comparable decline leading up to this event and have been postulated as a possible driver for marine depletion. However, these models contrast...
Author(s): Zhiming Yan, Longyi Shao, I. J. Glasspool, Xuetian Wang, Juan Wang, Hao Wang
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context: Lack of quantitative observations of extent, frequency, and severity of large historical fires constrains awareness of departure of contemporary conditions from those that demonstrated resistance and resilience to frequent fire and recurring drought. Objectives: Compare historical and contemporary fire and forest...
Author(s): R. Keala Hagmann, Andrew G. Merschel, Matthew J. Reilly
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Before the advent of intensive forest management and fire suppression, western North American forests exhibited a naturally occurring resistance and resilience to wildfires and other disturbances. Resilience, which encompasses resistance, reflects the amount of disruption an ecosystem can withstand before its structure or...
Author(s): Paul F. Hessburg, Carol Miller, Sean A. Parks, Nicholas A. Povak, Alan H. Taylor, Philip E. Higuera, Susan J. Prichard, Malcolm P. North, Brandon M. Collins, Matthew D. Hurteau, Andrew J. Larson, Craig D. Allen, Scott L. Stephens, Hiram Rivera-Huerta, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Lori D. Daniels, Ze'ev Gedalof, Robert W. Gray, Van R. Kane, Derek J. Churchill, R. Keala Hagmann, Thomas A. Spies, C. Alina Cansler, R. Travis Belote, Thomas T. Veblen, Michael A. Battaglia, Chad M. Hoffman, Carl N. Skinner, Hugh Safford, R. Brion Salter
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Unraveling the effects of climate and land use on historical fire regimes provides important insights into broader human–fire–climate dynamics, which are necessary for ecologically based forest management. We developed a spatial human land‐use model for Navajo Nation forests across which we sampled a network of tree‐ring fire...
Author(s): Christopher H. Guiterman, Ellis Q. Margolis, Christopher H. Baisan, Donald A. Falk, Craig D. Allen, Thomas W. Swetnam
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dry mixed-conifer forests are widespread in the interior Pacific Northwest, but their historical fire regimes are poorly characterized, in particular the relative mix of low- and high-severity fire. We reconstructed a multi-century history of fire from tree rings in dry mixed-conifer forests in central Oregon. These forests are...
Author(s): Emily K. Heyerdahl, Rachel A. Loehman, Donald A. Falk
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Over the past several decades, size and extent of wildfires have been increasing in the western United States (Westerling et al. 2006; Littell et al. 2009). As the number and size of recent wildfires increases across landscapes, fire managers are questioning how past wildfires may influence the spread and effects of subsequent...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Susan J. Prichard, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Synthesis
Fire management around the world is now undergoing extensive review, with a move toward fire management plans that maintain biodiversity and other ecosystems services, while at the same time mitigating the negative impacts to people and property. There is also increasing recognition of the historical and anthropogenic dimensions...
Author(s): Lindsey Gillson, Cathy L. Whitlock, Glynis Humphrey
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Like many of us at the Forest Service, I started my career in fire, and I have always relied on Smokey Bear. Fire prevention is part of our cultural DNA.
Author(s): Vicki Christiansen
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).