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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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Following the 2005 School Fire which burned ~ 50,000 acres across forest and grasslands, managers were particularly concerned with treating severely burned areas to mitigate weed spread and to limit soil erosion. Various mulching treatments (wheat straw, wood strand, and hydromulch) were implemented to control...
Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud, Penelope Morgan, Leigh B. Lentile, Sarah A. Lewis, Andrew T. Hudak, Deborah S. Page-Dumroese
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Fire is an important disturbance in riparian systems—consuming vegetation; increasing light; creating snags and debris flows; altering habitat structure; and affecting stream conditions, erosion, and hydrology. For many years, land managers have worked to keep fire out of riparian systems through the use of buffers. A...
Author(s): Josh McDaniel
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Water is the arid West’s most precious and most vulnerable resource. Western water allows metropolises to bloom in the desert, it fuels America’s largest agricultural economy and it supports a ski industry worth more than $6 billion to state and local economies (Burakowski and Magnusson, 2012). The delivery of clean and...
Author(s): American Forest Foundation
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildfires are increasing in frequency and severity as a result of climate change in many ecosystems; however, effects of altered disturbance regimes on wildlife remain poorly quantified. Here, we leverage an unexpected opportunity to investigate how fire affects the occupancy and abundance of a climate-sensitive habitat specialist,...
Author(s): Johanna Varner, Mallory S. Lambert, Joshua J. Horns, Sean Laverty, Laurie Dizney, Erik A. Beever, M. Denise Dearing
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
For more than a century ecosystems around the world have experienced an increase in the dominance of woody species. While the drivers of woody plant proliferation are complex, interactions between climate and land-use change are commonly invoked as primary contributing factors. In ponderosa pine forests of western North America,...
Author(s): Robert T. Strahan, Michael T. Stoddard, Judith D. Springer, David W. Huffman
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire can affect soil hydraulic properties, often resulting in reduced infiltration. The magnitude of change in infiltration varies depending on the burn severity. Quantitative approaches to link burn severity with changes in infiltration are lacking. This study uses controlled laboratory measurements to determine relations...
Author(s): John A. Moody, Brian A. Ebel, Petter Nyman, Deborah A. Martin, Cathelijine Stoof, Randy McKinley
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
North American wildfire management teams routinely assess burned area on site during firefighting campaigns; meanwhile, satellite observations provide systematic and global burned-area data. Here we compare satellite and ground-based daily burned area for wildfire events for selected large fires across North America in 2007 on daily...
Author(s): Stephane Mangeon, Robert Field, Michael Fromm, Charles W. McHugh, Apostolos Voulgarakis
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Periodic fire is thought to improve whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.) regeneration by reducing competition and creating openings, but the mechanisms by which fire affects seedling establishment are poorly understood. I compared seedling vegetation production in adjacent sites, one last burned in 1880 and the other in 1988,...
Author(s): Judy L. Perkins
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mixed conifer forests of western North America are challenging for fire management, as historical fire regimes were highly variable in severity, timing, and spatial extent. Complex fire histories combined with site factors and other disturbances, such insect outbreaks, led to great variation in understory plant communities, and...
Author(s): Scott R. Abella, Judith D. Springer
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The recent mountain pine beetle (MPB) outbreak across western North America's interior lodgepole pine forests has altered the landscape such that the majority of wildfires in the region will now burn through MPB-affected stands. Study of plant community response to these combined disturbances is critical for our understanding and...
Author(s): Marc Edwards, Meg A. Krawchuk, Philip J. Burton
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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