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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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Settlement by Anglo-Americans in the desert shrublands of North America has resulted in the introduction and subsequent invasion of multiple nonnative invasive grass species. These invasions have altered pre-settlement fire regimes, converted native perennial shrublands to nonnative annual grasslands, and placed many native desert...
Author(s): Matthew L. Brooks, Jeanne C. Chambers
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Non-native, invasive grasses have been linked to altered grass-fire cycles worldwide. Although a few studies have quantified resulting changes in fire activity at local scales, and many have speculated about larger scales, regional alterations to fire regimes remain poorly documented. We assessed the influence of large-scale Bromus...
Author(s): Jennifer Balch, Bethany A. Bradley, Carla M. D'Antonio, Jose Gomez-Dans
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This review synthesizes the state of knowledge on fire effects on vegetation and soils in semi-arid ecosystems in the Great Basin Region, including the central and northern Great Basin and Range, Columbia River Basin, and the Snake River Plain. We summarize available literature related to: (1) the effects of environmental gradients...
Author(s): Richard F. Miller, Jeanne C. Chambers, David A. Pyke, Frederick B. Pierson
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
Increasing fire frequencies and uncharacteristic severe fires have created a need for improved restoration methods across rangelands in western North America. Traditional restoration seed mixtures of native perennial mid- to late-seral plant species may not be suitable for intensely burned sites that have been returned to an early-...
Author(s): Christopher M. Herron, Jayne L. Jonas, Paul J. Meiman, Mark W. Paschke
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This paper focuses on the nexus among native and nonnative fishes with respect to fire and climate change in the western United States. Although many taxa are involved, I emphasize native and nonnative salmonids because these are obligate coldwater species that might be expected to respond strongly to fire and because most research...
Author(s): Michael K. Young
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Current fire policy to restore ecosystem function and resiliency and reduce buildup of hazardous fuels implies a larger future role for fire (both natural and human ignitions) (USDA Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior 2000). Yet some fire management (such as building fire line, spike camps, or helispots) potentially...
Author(s): Anne E. Black, Peter Landres
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Plant-soil variation related to perennial-plant resource islands (coppices) interspersed with relatively bare interspaces is a major source of heterogeneity in desert rangelands. Our objective was to determine how native and exotic grasses vary on coppice mounds and interspaces (microsites) in unburned and burned sites and...
Author(s): Amber N. Hoover, Matthew J. Germino
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Cheatgrass and its cousin, red brome, are exotic annual grasses that have invaded and altered ecosystem dynamics in more than 41 million acres of desert shrublands between the Rockies and the Cascade-Sierra chain. A fungus naturally associated with these Bromus species has been found lethal to the plants' soil-banked dormant seeds....
Author(s): Gail Wells
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Fire is often used in northern grasslands to control invasive grass species but has unknown effects on Tamarix spp., more recent invaders. Temperature (using an oven as a fire surrogate) and duration combinations that would be most lethal to Tamarix seeds and seedlings were determined. Tamarix seeds were sown in soil-lined dishes,...
Author(s): Michelle K. Ohrtman, Sharon A. Clay, David E. Clay, Alaexander J. Smart
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Fire Effects Information System (FEIS, www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/) has been providing reviews of scientific knowledge about fire effects since 1986. FEIS is an online collection of literature reviews on more than 1,100 species and their relationships with fire. Reviews cover plants and animals throughout the United States,...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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