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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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109 results

Strong scientific evidence shows that climate change is producing hotter, drier conditions that contribute to larger fires and longer fire seasons in the American West today. The annual number of large wildfires on federally managed lands in the 11 western states has increased by more than 75 percent: from approximately 140 during...
Author(s): Rachel Cleetus, Kranti Mulik
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Federal wildfire management agencies in the United States are under substantial pressure to reduce and economically justify their expenditures. To support economically efficient management of wildfires, managers need better estimates of the resource benefits and avoided damage costs associated with alternative wildfire management...
Author(s): Derek T. O'Donnell, Tyron J. Venn, David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The link between economic growth and natural hazards has long been studied to better understand the effects of natural hazards on local, regional, and country level growth patterns. However, relatively little generalizable research has focused on wildfires, one of the most common forest disturbances in the western United States (US...
Author(s): Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Cassandra Moseley, Krista M. Gebert
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this article we develop a simulation model to evaluate the economic efficiency of fuel treatments and apply it to two sagebrush ecosystems in the Great Basin of the western United States: the Wyoming sagebrush steppe and mountain big sagebrush ecosystems. These ecosystems face the two most prominent concerns in sagebrush...
Author(s): Michael H. Taylor, Kimberly Rollins, Mimako Kobayashi, Robin J. Tausch
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We examined the effect of large wildfires on economic growth and volatility in the western United States. We matched wildfire data with quarterly employment and earnings growth data to assess the specific effect of wildfire on employment and wage growth in western US counties. Wildfires generally tended to exhibit positive effects...
Author(s): Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Cassandra Moseley, Krista M. Gebert
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Environmental regulations frequently mandate the use of 'best available' science, but ensuring that it is used in decisions around the use and protection of natural resources is often challenging. In the Western US, this relationship between science and management is at the forefront of post-fire land management decisions. Recent...
Author(s): Xiaoli Chen, Nathan Emery, Elizabeth S. Garcia, Erin J. Hanan, Heather E. Hodges, Tyronne Martin, Matthew A. Meyers, Lindsey E. Peavey, Hui Peng, Jaime Sainz Santamaria, Kellie A. Uyeda, Sarah E. Anderson, Christina Tague
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Inside many U.S. federally designated wilderness areas, fire suppression is the dominant management strategy largely due to the risk that fires pose to resources adjacent to the wilderness boundary. Opportunities to exploit the fuel treatment and risk-mitigation benefits of allowing wilderness fires to burn are foregone when...
Author(s): Kevin M. Barnett
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
Aircraft are often used to drop suppressants and retardants to assist wildfire containment. Drop effectiveness has rarely been measured due to the difficulties in collecting data from wildfires and running field experiments and the absence of definitions and measures. This paper presents a set of criteria and methodologies for...
Author(s): Matt P. Plucinski, Elsa Pastor
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Federal wildland fire management policy in the United States directs the use of value-based methods to guide priorities. However, the economic literature on the effect of wildland fire on nonmarket uses, such as recreation, is limited. This paper introduces a new approach to measuring the effect of wildfire on recreational use by...
Author(s): John W. Duffield, Chris J. Neher, David A. Patterson, Aaron M. Deskins
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This study used a wildfire loss simulation model to evaluate how different land use policies are likely to influence wildfire risk in the wildland urban interface (WUI) for Flathead County, Montana. The model accounts for the complex socio-ecological interactions among climate change, economic growth, land use change and policy,...
Author(s): Travis B. Paveglio, Tony Prato, Michael Hardy
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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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).