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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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Mean frequencies were about 120 years for valleys and montane slopes and 150 years for subalpine slopes in this western larch/Douglas-fir forest from 1735 to 1976. Fires were small and moderately intense with occasional high intensity runs. Single burns thinned the overstory favoring mixed conifer regeneration. Multiple burns...
Author(s): Kathleen M. Davis
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
It is often quite difficult to compare fire history studies conducted by different investigators because different terms may be used to refer to the same concept and the same term may be used to refer to different concepts. To help resolve this difficulty, an ad hoc committee was formed early in the course of the workshop with the...
Author(s): William H. Romme
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
The Bridger-Teton National Forest in the Jackson Hole Region of Wyoming has long been recognized for its wildlife resource. Management efforts have emphasized the measurement of forage utilization by elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) and their effect on summer and winter ranges. Less consideration has been given to other biotic and...
Author(s): George E. Gruell
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
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
An improved version is presented of a method previously used [see FA 40, 169]. Instructions are given for: laying out transects; gathering stand data, including documenting fire-scarred trees; sampling fire-scarred trees; laboratory analysis of tree cross-sections; correlating fire chronologies; and calculating fire frequency. The...
Author(s): Stephen F. Arno, Kathy M. Sneck
Year Published: 1977
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This thesis documents the fire history and assesses the role of fire in the western larch/Douglas-fir forest of the Coram Experimental Forest in northwestern Montana. Primary attention was given to the frequency, areal spread, relative severity, and effects of fires prior to the advent of active suppression efforts in order to...
Author(s): Kathy M. Sneck
Year Published: 1977
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
Presents frequencies, intensities, and influences of fire on stand structure and composition on the Bitterroot National Forest in west-central Montana. Three study areas were established, each having a wide range of elevations and forest types. Findings are based upon study of nearly 900 individual fire scars on living trees, and on...
Author(s): Stephen F. Arno
Year Published: 1976
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Contains 910 sets of forest fire ecology questions mailed to the authors by 302 land managers and scientists throughout the western United States and Canada. Questions were submitted in response to a survey of important research needs for understanding the effects of fire and fire exclusion in western coniferous forest ecosystems....
Author(s): Alan R. Taylor, Ronald N. Kickert, David H. Firmage, Mark J. Behan
Year Published: 1975
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
One objective of wilderness and parkland fire ecology research is to describe the relationships between fire and unmanaged ecosystems, so that strategies can be determined that will provide a more nearly natural incidence of fire. More than 50 years of efforts directed toward exclusion of wildland fires in the Northern Rocky...
Author(s): James R. Habeck, Robert W. Mutch
Year Published: 1973
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A sample of 40 fire-scarred trees was used to reconstruct the frequency and size of fires during the past 300-400 years in northern Yellowstone National Park. Best estimates of frequency suggested mean intervals of about 20-25 years between fires, after adjustments had been made for the recent influence of modern man. Agreement in...
Author(s): Douglas B. Houston
Year Published: 1973
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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