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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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Reconstructing historical fire regimes is difficult at the landscape scale, but essential to determine whether modern fires are unnaturally severe. I synthesized evidence across 725,000 ha of montane forests in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado, from forest atlases, forest-reserve reports, fire-scar studies, early reports, and...
Author(s): William L. Baker
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Averaging tree-ring measurements from multiple individuals is one of the most common procedures in dendrochronology. It serves to filter out noise from individual differences between trees, such as competition, height, and micro-site effects, which ideally results in a site chronology sensitive to regional scale factors such as...
Author(s): Mario Trouillier, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Jill E. Harvey, David Wurth, Martin Schnittler, Martin Wilmking
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire is a critical process in forests of the western United States (US). Variation in fire behavior, which is heavily influenced by fuel loading, terrain, weather, and vegetation type, leads to heterogeneity in fire severity across landscapes. The relative influence of these factors in driving fire severity, however, is...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Matthew Panunto, William Matt Jolly, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Gregory K. Dillon
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
To enhance understanding of how climate and humans influenced historical fire occurrence in the montane forests of Jasper National Park, we crossdated fire-scar and tree age samples from 172 plots. We tested effects of drought and climatic variation driven by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Pacific North American (PNA)...
Author(s): Raphael D. Chavardes, Lori D. Daniels, Ze'ev Gedalof, David W. Andison
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dendroecology is the science that dates tree rings to their exact calendar year of formation to study processes that influence forest ecology (e.g., Speer 2010 [1], Amoroso et al., 2017 [2]). Reconstruction of past fire regimes is a core application of dendroecology, linking fire history to population dynamics and climate effects on...
Author(s): Grant Harley, Christopher H. Baisan, Peter M. Brown, Donald A. Falk, William T. Flatley, Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Amy E. Hessl, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Margot W. Kaye, Charles W. Lafon, Ellis Q. Margolis, R. Stockton Maxwell, Adam T. Naito, William J. Platt, Monica T. Rother, Tom Saladyga, Rosemary L. Sherriff, Lauren A. Stachowiak, Michael C. Stambaugh, Elaine Kennedy Sutherland, Alan H. Taylor
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context: In the interior Northwest, debate over restoring mixed-conifer forests after a century of fire exclusion is hampered by poor understanding of the pattern and causes of spatial variation in historical fire regimes. Objectives: To identify the roles of topography, landscape structure, and forest type in driving spatial...
Author(s): Andrew G. Merschel, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Thomas A. Spies, Rachel A. Loehman
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The most direct way of deciphering the dynamics of an ecosystem is to examine its biotic and abiotic components based on analysis of living and dead organisms distributed above ground. The surface analysis method presented here provides a centennial to millennial stand-scale composition and disturbance history and is applicable in...
Author(s): Vanessa Pilon, Serge Payette, Pierre-Luc Couillard, Jason Laflamme
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Setting suitable conservation targets is an important part of ecological fire planning. Growth-stage optimisation (GSO) determines the relative proportions of post-fire growth stages (categorical representations of time since fire) that maximise species diversity, and is a useful method for determining such targets. Optimisation...
Author(s): Matthew Swan, Holly Sitters, Jane G. Cawson, Thomas J. Duff, Yohannes Wibisono, Alan York
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The retrospective study of abrupt and sustained increases in the radial growth of trees (hereinafter ‘releases’)b y tree-ring analysis is an approach widely used for reconstructing past forest disturbances. Despite the range of dendrochronological methods used for release-detection, a lack of in-depth comparison between them can...
Author(s): Volodymyr Trotsiuk, Neil Pederson, Daniel L. Druckenbrod, David A. Orwig, Daniel A. Bishop, Audrey Barker-Plotkin, Shawn Fraver, Dario Martin-Benito
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire is a critical process in forests of the western United States (US). Variation in fire behavior, which is heavily influenced by fuel loading, terrain, weather, and vegetation type, leads to heterogeneity in fire severity across landscapes. The relative importance of these factors in driving fire severity, however, is...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Matthew Panunto, William Matt Jolly, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Gregory K. Dillon
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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