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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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive.

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While the use of timber harvests is generally accepted as an effective approach to controlling bark beetles during outbreaks, in reality there has been a dearth of monitoring to assess outcomes, and failures are often not reported. Additionally, few studies have focused on how these treatments affect forest structure and function...
Author(s): Diana L. Six, Eric Biber, Elisabeth Long
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Tiny insects called bark beetles have devastated forests in western North America over the past decade. Life has drained from millions of hectares of forest so quickly that it seemed as if they had been abruptly unplugged, like a Christmas tree before bedtime. And many people have feared the infestation's fallout, worrying that the...
Author(s): Cally Carswell
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Widespread tree mortality caused by outbreaks of native bark beetles (Circulionidae: Scolytinae) in recent decades has raised concern among scientists and forest managers about whether beetle outbreaks fuel more ecologically severe forest fires and impair postfire resilience. To investigate this question, we collected extensive...
Author(s): Brian J. Harvey, Daniel C. Donato, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The final webinar in the Future Forest Webinar Series provided an example of how managers utilized available science to address questions about post-epidemic forest conditions. Assessments of current conditions and projected trends, and how these compare with historical patterns, provide important information for land management...
Author(s): Claudia Regan, Barry Bollenbacher, Rob Gump, Michael Hillis
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Insect outbreaks are often assumed to increase the severity or probability of fire occurrence through increased fuel availability, while fires may in turn alter susceptibility of forests to subsequent insect outbreaks through changes in the spatial distribution of suitable host trees. However, little is actually known about the...
Author(s): Aquila Flower, Daniel G. Gavin, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Russell A. Parsons, Greg M. Cohn
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Global forests capture and store significant amounts of CO2 through photosynthesis. When carbon is removed from forests through harvest, a portion of the harvested carbon is stored in wood products, often for many decades. The United States Forest Service (USFS) and other agencies are interested in accurately accounting for carbon...
Author(s): Nathaniel Anderson, Jesse Young, Keith Stockmann, Kenneth E. Skog, Sean P. Healey, Dan R. Loeffler, J. Greg Jones, James F. Morrison
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Consequences of bark beetle outbreaks for forest wildfire potential are receiving heightened attention, but little research has considered ecosystems with mixed-severity fire regimes. Such forests are widespread, variable in stand structure, and often fuel limited, suggesting that beetle outbreaks could substantially alter fire...
Author(s): Daniel C. Donato, Brian J. Harvey, William H. Romme, Martin Simard, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Bark beetle outbreaks are a major disturbance of forests throughout western North America affecting ecological processes and social and economic values (Amman 1977, Bond and Keeley 2005). Since the 1990s, bark beetle outbreaks have affected between 1.1 and 13.5 million acres in the western United States and an additional 13.5...
Author(s): Chad M. Hoffman, Carolyn Hull Sieg, Penelope Morgan, William E. Mell, Rodman Linn, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Joel D. McMillin, Russell A. Parsons, Helen Maffei
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As part of the 13th Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Science and Management Workshop - Challenges of Whitebark Pine Restoration, participants visited a whitebark pine restoration area near Fairy Lake in the Bridger Mountains north of Bozeman, MT (Figure 1).The restoration site at about 8,000 feet supports both whitebark pine (Pinus...
Author(s): Corey L. Gucker
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.) is in serious decline across its range, largely due to the combined effects of Cronartium ribicola J. C. Fisch (an introduced fungal pathogen that causes white pine blister rust), replacement by late successional species, and widespread infestation of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus...
Author(s): Lauren Fins, Ben Hoppus
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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Research and Publications Database

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).