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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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Seral, fire dependent lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl.) communities are an important component of upper elevation forests throughout the Northern Rockies, where they cover 4 million acres, or about 17 percent of the land base. On the Bitterroot National Forest, lodgepole pine occurs mostly between 5,500 and 7,500 feet.
Author(s): Catherine A. Stewart
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a major tree species of upper subalpine forests of the northern Rocky Mountains (Schmidt and McDonald 1990). It is an important nutritional and structural component of wildlife habitat (Arno and Hoff 1990; Schmidt and McDonald 1990). Its large, nutlike seeds are a major food source for many birds...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Stephen F. Arno
Year Published: 1996
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), an important producer of food for wildlife, is decreasing in abundance in western Montana due to attacks by the white pine blister rust fungus (Cronartium ribicola), epidemics of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and successional replacement mainly by subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa)....
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Stephen F. Arno
Year Published: 1993
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Duration and intensity of western spruce budworm (Christoneura occidentalis Freeman) outbreaks have increased with the decrease in forest fire frequency in Montana since 1910. Frequency of budworm outbreaks, however, was not affected. Feeding activity and fire occurrence were measured in 20 mixed Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii...
Author(s): Leslie Anderson, Clinton E. Carlson, Ronald H. Wakimoto
Year Published: 1987
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The fire cycle in low-elevation mesic coniferous forests of the Bitterroot Canyons, Montana, has changed from about 60 years before European settlement to about 7500 years between 1910 and 1980. The decreased fire frequency may be responsible for increased severity of western spruce bud worm outbreaks (Choristoneuraoccidentalis...
Author(s): Bruce McCune
Year Published: 1983
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Many species of insects and diseases create residues that predispose forests to fire. Conversely, natural factors such as fire, wind-throw, and other agents create forest residues that predispose forests to diseases and insects, including bark and cambium beetles, wood borers, and others. Man-made residues also predispose forests to...
Author(s): David G. Fellin
Year Published: 1979
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildfires play a multiple role in the distribution of dwarf mistletoes - they may either inhibit or encourage these parasites depending primarily on the size and intensity of the burn. Many reports suggest that fire exclusion policies of the past half century have resulted in increased dwarf mistletoe levels as, well as increased...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander, Frank G. Hawksworth
Year Published: 1975
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
This webinar was the third in a future forests webinar series addressing post-outbreak fire risk and behavior on October 18, 2011. The event was co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network. There's this need for us to start being able to address the complexity...
Type: Media : Webinar
Stress complexes in Western forests are affected by a warmer climate, that is the interaction of fire, drought, insects, etc. can alter the vigor of forest ecosystems and potentially change their structure and function. This webinar will cover the concepts and present several case studies. The presenters will also discuss management...
Type: Media : Webinar
This presentation was part of the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem held at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, October 4-6, 2016. The conference theme was Building on the Past, Leading into the Future: Sustaining the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the Coming Century. 
Type: Media : Webinar


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).