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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 2,100 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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123 results

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
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
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
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
A series of single and stereo photographs displaying a range of natural conditions and fuel loadings in sagebrush with grass and ponderosa pine-juniper types in central Montana. Each group of photos includes inventory data summarizing vegetation composition, structure, and loading: woody material loading and density by size class;...
Author(s): Roger D. Ottmar, Robert E. Vihnanek, Clinton S. Wright
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fire managers need better estimates of fuel loading so they can more accurately predict the potential fire behavior and effects of alternative fuel and ecosystem restoration treatments. This report presents a new fuel sampling method, called the photoload sampling technique, to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for six common...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Laura J. Dickinson
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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