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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 2,200 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).

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The 2008 paper of Sikkink and Keane compared several methods to estimate surface fuel loading in western Montana: two widely used inventory techniques (planar intersect and fixed-area plot) and three methods that employ photographs as visual guides (photoload, photoload macroplot and photo series). We feel, however, that their study...
Author(s): Clinton S. Wright, Roger D. Ottmar, Robert E. Vihnanek
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Remote sensing from space may well become one of the world's most effective, accurate, and ef?cient ways to assess ?re 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 with...
Author(s): Rachel Clark
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
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
With an increase in the risk of large fires across much of the Western United States, along with a growing variety of fuel types that result from changes in the landscape and management strategies, there has never been a more pressing need for accurate, cost-efficient, large scale forest fuel maps. Emerging remote sensing...
Author(s): Rachel Clark
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Accurate estimation of the responses of understory plants to natural and anthropogenic disturbance is essential for understanding efficacy and non-target effects of management and restoration activities. However, ability to assess changes in abundance of understory plants that result from disturbance may be hampered...
Author(s): Ilana L. Abrahamson
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
Prescribed fire is increasingly used for fuels management and ecosystem restoration. Managers and fuels specialists of the Great Basin are often required to estimate fuel loadings to predict fire behavior, recommend fuel treatments, or restore an area to its natural fire regime. Because of invasive species and woodland encroachment...
Author(s): Andrea Stebleton, Stephen C. Bunting
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Surface fuel deposition and decomposition rates are important to fire management and research because they can define the longevity of fuel treatments in time and space and they can be used to design, build, test, and validate complex fire and ecosystem models useful in evaluating management alternatives. We determined rates of...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Designing a fuel-sampling program that accurately and efficiently assesses fuel load at relevant spatial scales requires knowledge of each sample method's strengths and weaknesses. We obtained loading values for six fuel components using five fuel load sampling techniques at five locations in western Montana, USA. The techniques...
Author(s): Pamela G. Sikkink, Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Bark beetle-caused tree mortality in conifer forests affects the quantity and quality of forest fuels and has long been assumed to increase fire hazard and potential fire behavior. In reality, bark beetles, and their effects on fuel accumulation, and subsequent fire hazard, are poorly understood. We extensively sampled fuels in...
Author(s): Michael J. Jenkins, Elizabeth G. Hebertson, Wesley G. Page, C. Arik Jorgensen
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Litterfall and decomposition rates of the organic matter that comprise forest fuels are important to fire management, because they define fuel treatment longevity and provide parameters to design, test, and validate ecosystem models. This study explores the environmental factors that control litterfall and decomposition in the...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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