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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).

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Recent studies have highlighted the potential of linking fire behaviour to plant ecophysiology as an improved route to characterising severity, but research to date has been limited to laboratory-scale investigations. Fine-scale fire behaviour during prescribed fires has been identified as a strong predictor of post-fire tree...
Author(s): Aaron M. Sparks, Alistair M. S. Smith, Alan F. Talhelm, Crystal A. Kolden, Kara M. Yedinak, Daniel M. Johnson
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Summary: 1) Increased incidence of landscape fire and pollinator declines with co-extinctions of dependent plant species are both globally significant. Fire can alter species distributions, but its effects on plant–pollinator interactions are poorly understood so its present and future role in coupled plant-pollinator declines...
Author(s): Julian Brown, Alan York, Fiona J. Christie, Michael A. McCarthy
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We collected soil-hydraulic property data from the literature for wildfire-affected soils, ash, and unburned soils. These data were used to calculate metrics and timescales of hydrologic response related to infiltration and surface runoff generation. Sorptivity (S) and wetting front potential (Ψf) were significantly different (lower...
Author(s): Brian A. Ebel, John A. Moody
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Climate change is projected to exacerbate the intensity of heat waves and drought, leading to a greater incidence of large and high-intensity wildfires in forested ecosystems. Predicting responses of seedlings to such fires requires a process-based understanding of how the energy released during fires affects plant physiology and...
Author(s): Alistair M. S. Smith, Alan F. Talhelm, Daniel M. Johnson, Aaron M. Sparks, Crystal A. Kolden, Kara M. Yedinak, Kent G. Apostol, Wade T. Tinkham, John T. Abatzoglou, James A. Lutz, Anthony S. Davis, Kurt S. Pregitzer, Henry D. Adams, Robert L. Kremens
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire suppression and other factors have resulted in high wildfire risk in the western US, and prescribed burning can be an effective tool for thinning forests and reducing fuels to lessen wildfire risks. However, prescribed burning sometimes fails to substantially reduce fuels and sometimes damages and kills valuable, large trees....
Author(s): Robert Progar, Kathryn H. Hrinkevich, Edward S. Clark, Matthew J. Rinella
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire may remove or create dead wood aboveground, but it is less clear how high severity burning of soils affects belowground microbial communities and soil processes, and for how long. In this study, we investigated soil fungal and bacterial communities and biogeochemical responses of severely burned “red” soil and less severely...
Author(s): Jane E. Smith, Laurel A. Kluber, Tara N. Jennings, Donaraye McKay, Greg Brenner, Elizabeth W. Sulzman
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Questions: Do functional traits explain individual tree species’ responses to environmental filters and dispersal limitations following stand-replacing fire? Can post-fire conditions initiate alternate trajectories of community assembly? Location: Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. Methods: We characterized the species composition...
Author(s): Alexandra K. Urza, Jason S. Sibold
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Processes initiated by wildfire largely determine ecological characteristics of forested landscapes in subsequent decades, including vegetation composition, habitat quality, carbon balance, and probability of fire recurrence. Post-fire biomass dynamics have rarely been observed directly for high-elevation forests of the Pacific...
Author(s): Jane A. Kertis, Steven A. Acker, Robert J. Pabst
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires can increase the frequency and magnitude of catastrophic debris flows. Integrated, proactive naturalhazard assessment would therefore characterize landscapes based on the potential for the occurrence and interactions of wildfires and postwildfire debris flows. This chapter presents a new modeling effort that can quantify...
Author(s): Jessica R. Haas, Matthew P. Thompson, Anne Tillery, Joe H. Scott
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We investigated the long-term impact of biomass utilization on shrub recovery, species composition, and biodiversity 38 years after harvesting at Coram Experimental Forest in northwestern Montana. Three levels of biomass removal intensity (high, medium, and low) treatments combined with prescribed burning treatment were nested...
Author(s): Woongsoon Jang, Christopher R. Keyes, Deborah S. Page-Dumroese
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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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).