Research results addressing historical fire regimes in Alaska's boreal forest are synthesized in a literature review a database.
Our literature search delved into the history of fire in Alaska's boreal forest. The Alaska Fire History Database was developed, and the Alaska Large-Fire Database was updated.
Federal agencies own a majority of boreal forest in Alaska and are mandated to promote ecosystem health by restoring the natural process of fire. To successfully manage for natural fire regimes, succinct and relevant information about local fire regimes is necessary.
Fire Regimes of the Alaskan Boreal Forest reviews publications that describe fire regimes of the Alaskan boreal forest. Considerable effort was made to identify all sources, including work outside of peer-reviewed literature such as government reports and graduate thesis work. We used scientific literature search engines and libraries at Yale University; University of Alaska, Fairbanks; University of Washington; and the U.S. Forest Service. Land managers and researchers in Alaska were also asked to identify additional documents. The literature review covers 378 references. The review and synthesis are approached from two angles: (1) traditional review and synthesis of existing literature, and (2) a compendium of all fire history studies conducted in Alaska.
Datasets were compiled into the Alaska fire history database