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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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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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
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
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
Within the ancestral homelands of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the Fire Continuum Conference (May 2018) discussed the complexity of wildland fire and fuels research and management. The CSKT fieldtrip took place on the Flathead Reservation (figure 1), about 20 miles north of Missoula, and the presenters addressed...
Author(s): Monique D. Wynecoop
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
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
This article covers the history of fire activities since 1910 and how recovery can depend on one of three methods in the forest - resistance, restoration, and resilience.
Author(s): Stephen Pyne
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
There is a pressing need to map changes in forest structure from the earliest time period possible given forest management policies and accelerated disturbances from climate change. The availability of Landsat data from over four decades helps researchers study an ecologically meaningful length of time. Forest structure is most...
Author(s): Shannon L. Savage, Rick L. Lawrence, John Squires, Joseph D. Holbrook, Lucretia E. Olson, Justin D. Braaten, Warren B. Cohen
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Knowledge of historical forest conditions and disturbance regimes improves our understanding of landscape dynamics and provides a frame of reference for evaluating modern patterns, processes, and their interactions. In the western United States, understanding historical fire regimes is particularly important given ongoing climatic...
Author(s): R. Keala Hagmann, Jens T. Stevens, Jamie M. Lydersen, Brandon M. Collins, John J. Battles, Paul F. Hessburg, Carrie R. Levine, Andrew G. Merschel, Scott L. Stephens, Alan H. Taylor, Jerry F. Franklin, Debora L. Johnson, K. Norman Johnson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Smokey Bear’s story begins with World War II. In spring 1942, a few months after Japanese planes had attacked Pearl Harbor, an enemy submarine fired shells that exploded near an oil field close to the Los Padres National Forest. U.S. Forest Service personnel feared that future attacks could ignite forest fires and cause disastrous...
Author(s): James G. Lewis
Year Published: 2018
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).