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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 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 Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) is the most widespread tree species in North America, and it is found throughout much of the Mountain West (MW) across a broad range of bioclimatic regions. Aspen typically regenerates asexually and prolifically after fire, and due to its seral status in many western conifer forests, aspen...
Author(s): Douglas J. Shinneman, William L. Baker, Paul C. Rogers, Dominik Kulakowski
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and...
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
An important objective for many federal land management agencies is to restore fire to ecosystems that have experienced fire suppression or exclusion over the last century. Managing wildfires for resource objectives (i.e., allowing wildfires to burn in the absence of suppression) is an important tool for restoring such fire-adapted...
Author(s): Joe H. Scott, Don Helmbrecht, Sean A. Parks, Carol Miller
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) is declining across the western United States. Aspen habitats are diverse plant communities in this region and loss of these habitats can cause shifts in biodiversity, productivity, and hydrology across spatial scales. Western aspen occurs on the majority of sites seral to conifer species, and...
Author(s): Eva K. Strand, Stephen C. Bunting, Lee A. Vierling
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Herbivory by domestic and wild ungulates can dramatically affect vegetation structure, composition and dynamics in nearly every terrestrial ecosystem of the world. These effects are of particular concern in forests of western North America, where intensive herbivory by native and domestic ungulates has the potential to substantially...
Author(s): Bryan A. Endress, Michael J. Wisdom, Martin Vavra, Catherine G. Parks, Brian L. Dick, Bridgett J. Naylor, Jennifer M. Boyd
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In Rocky Mountain forests, fire can act as a mechanism of change in plant community composition if postfire conditions favor establishment of species other than those that dominated prefire tree communities. We sampled pre and postfire overstory and postfire understory species following recent (1988-2006) stand-replacing fires in...
Author(s): David A. McKenzie, Daniel B. Tinker
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The goal of this guide is to provide a resource for managers of mixed conifer forests of the Southwestern plateaus and uplands, the Central and Southern Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, and the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges in Southern California. Mixed conifer forests have different species, structures, and spatial patterns...
Author(s): Alexander M. Evans, Rick G. Everett, Scott L. Stephens, James A. Youtz
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
This FEIS species review synthesizes information on the relationship of Melilotus alba, Melilotus officinalis (white sweetclover, yellow sweetclover) to fire--how fire affects the species and its habitat, invasiveness of the species, effects of the species on fuels and fire regimes, and fire management considerations. Information is...
Author(s): Corey L. Gucker
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Synthesis
Crown ratio is the proportion of total tree length supporting live foliage. Inventory programs of the US Forest Service generally define crown ratio in terms of compacted or uncompacted measurements. Measurement of compacted crown ratio (CCR) involves envisioning the transfer of lower branches of trees with asymmetric crowns to fill...
Author(s): Chris Toney, Matthew C. Reeves
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Remote sensing from space may well become one of the world's most effective, accurate, and efficient ways to assess fire risk and thus manage large landscapes. The technology is evolving quickly, and researchers are busy keeping up. Some major western U.S. landscapes are just now being assessed for integrating remote sensing data...
Author(s): Rachel Clark
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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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).