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Keyword: Glacier National Park

Quantifying the effectiveness and longevity of wildland fire as a fuel treatment

Projects Posted on: January 22, 2015
This project will quantify the effectiveness of wildland fire as a fuel treatment in terms of its ability to limit the occurrence, size, and severity of subsequent fires. In addition, we will quantify the longevity of these effects and evaluate how extreme weather may diminish the ability of wildland fire to act as a fuel treatment.

A climatic handbook for Glacier National Park-with data for Waterton Lakes National Park

Publications Posted on: December 07, 2011
A climatic description of the Glacier-Waterton Lakes Park area; mainly covers Glacier. Contains numerous tables, graphs, and maps showing the year-round pattern of climatic elements and 10-day details during fire season. Data analysis includes frequency distributions in addition to average values.

The Howling Prescribed Natural Fire - long-term effects on the modernization of planning and implementation of wildland fire management

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2011
Wildland fire management policy and practices have long been driven by the occurrence of significant events. The Howling Prescribed Natural Fire in Glacier National Park in 1994 is a prime example of a significant historical fire event that provided the impetus for program changes and modifications that modernized wildland fire management at the local, regional, and national levels.

Wildfire effects on water temperature and selection of breeding sites by the boreal toad (Bufo boreas) in seasonal wetlands

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2008
Disturbances can significantly affect the thermal regime and community structure of wetlands. We investigated the effect of a wildfire on water temperature of seasonal, montane wetlands after documenting the colonization of recently burned wetlands by the Boreal Toad (Bufo boreas boreas).

Examples of fire restoration in Glacier National Park

Publications Posted on: September 04, 2007
Covering just over 1 million acres, Glacier National Park straddles the Continental Divide in northwestern Montana. Diverse vegetation communities include moist western cedar- western hemlock (Thuja plicata - Tsuga heterophylla) old growth forests similar to those of the Pacific Coast, dry western grasslands and prairies, dense lodgepole pine forests (Pinus contorta var. latifolia), ponderosa pine (P.

Ecosystem dynamics and disturbance in mountain wildernesses: assessing vulnerability of natural resources to change

Publications Posted on: March 07, 2006
An integrated program of ecosystem modeling and extensive field studies at Glacier and Olympic National Parks has quantified many of the ecological processes affected by climatic variability and disturbance. Models have successfully estimated snow distribution, annual watershed discharge, and stream temperature variation based on seven years of monitoring.

Mixed-severity fire regimes in the northern Rocky Mountains: consequences of fire exclusion and options for the future

Publications Posted on: February 27, 2006
Findings from fire history studies have increasingly indicated that many forest ecosystems in the northern Rocky Mountains were shaped by mixed-severity fire regimes, characterized by fires of variable severities at intervals averaging between about 30 and 100 years.

Thirty-year monitoring of subalpine meadow vegetation following a 1967 trampling experiment at Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana

Publications Posted on: February 24, 2006
This long-term study, monitoring visitor impact on subalpine vegetation beginning in 1967, revealed that after 30 years all treatment plots had returned to pre-treatment ratios of vegetation (all species combined), organic litter and bare ground. Higher trampling intensities produced longer term impacts.