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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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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
Contains an introductory paper by the editors, and, in addition to papers separately noticed [see the next three abstracts], the following: Fire in the virgin forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota (M.L. Heinselman, 99 ref.); The importance of fire as a natural ecological factor in Itasca State Park, Minnesota (S.S....
Author(s): Miron L. Heinselman, Herbert E. Wright
Year Published: 1973
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A series of computer programs is available to extract information from the individual Fire Reports (U.S. Forest Service Form 5100-29). The programs use a statistical technique to fit a continuous distribution to a set of sampled data. The goodness-of-fit program is applicable to data other than the fire history. Data summaries...
Author(s): Romain Mees
Year Published: 1973
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Mixed coniferous forests are widespread at middle elevations in the Northern Rocky Mountains, yet relatively little is known about their long-term vegetation and fire history. Pollen and charcoal records from Twin Lakes, in the Mission Range of northwestern Montana provide information on mixed-coniferous forest development and fire...
Author(s): Mio Alt, Dave McWethy, Rick G. Everett, Cathy L. Whitlock
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Management practices since the late 19th century, including fire exclusion and harvesting, have altered the structure of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Douglas ex P. Lawson & C. Lawson) dominated forests across the western United States. These structural changes have the potential to contribute to uncharacteristic wildfire...
Author(s): Michael A. Battaglia, Benjamin Gannon, Peter M. Brown, Paula J. Fornwalt, Anthony S. Cheng, Laurie S. Huckaby
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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