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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 2,900 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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Disturbance interactions have received growing interest in ecological research in the last decade. Fire and bark beetle outbreaks have recently increased in severity and extent across western North America, raising concerns about their possible interactions. Although it is often presumed that bark beetle outbreaks increase...
Author(s): Martin Simard, William H. Romme, Jacob M. Griffin, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Requirements for describing coniferous forests are changing in response to wildfire concerns, bio-energy needs, and climate change interests. At the same time, technology advancements are transforming how forest properties can be measured. Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) is yielding promising results for measuring tree biomass...
Author(s): Carl A. Seielstad, Crystal S. Stonesifer, Eric Rowell, Lloyd P. Queen
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Invasive species and woodland encroachment have caused extensive changes in the fire regimes of sagebrush steppe over the past 150 years. Land managers and resource specialists of the Great Basin are increasingly required to implement vegetation treatments to maintain habitat, reduce fire risk and restore landscapes to a more...
Author(s): Andrea Bourne, Stephen C. Bunting
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Increased forest density resulting from decades of fire exclusion is often perceived as the leading cause of historically aberrant, severe, contemporary wildfires and insect outbreaks documented in some fire-prone forests of the western United States. Based on this notion, current U.S. forest policy directs managers to reduce stand...
Author(s): Cameron Naficy, Anna Sala, Eric G. Keeling, Jon Graham, Thomas H. DeLuca
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Reinhardt et al. (E. Reinhardt, J. Scott, K. Gray, and R. Keane, Can. J. For. Res. 36: 2803?2814, 2006) questioned the validity of the regression equations for estimating canopy base heights in coniferous forest fuel types developed by Cruz et al. (M.G. Cruz, M.E. Alexander, and R.H. Wakimoto, Int. J. Wildland Fire, 12: 39?50, 2003...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander, Ronald H. Wakimoto
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
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
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 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

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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).