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Fire ecology


Northern Rockies managers and scientists are collaborating in a nation-wide silvicultural study to develop adaptive practices that support the endurance of these iconic forests under changing climate.
Open oak and pine forests, which typically have a treed overstory and grasslands understory, historically were abundant across the United States. Agency investment in large-scale restoration programs begs the question: Do changes of ecological processes follow restoration of structure? 
Tree-ring based fire histories from Utah and Nevada reveal multi-century fire patterns for quaking aspen, mountain sagebrush and Great Basin bristlecone pine communities.
This project incorporates historical data collected at the Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest nearly 100 years ago to determine how plant communities have changed over that period of time.
Post-fire resiliency of plant communities in northern mixed-grass prairie and eastern sagebrush steppe depends largely on plant regeneration from aboveground and belowground buds. Canopy and stem regeneration occurs more quickly via the bud bank than via seedling recruitment. To better predict plant community responses to fire, we need an enhanced understanding of the immediate and long-term bud responses of key forb, grass, and shrub species to fire.  
High Soil Temperature Data Archive - From Prescribed Fires and Wildfires across the Western US.
Grand fir and western hemlock mortality and regeneration dynamics after wildfire and salvage.
Evaluating effects of climate change on whitebark pine trees.
Lick Creek Demonstration-Research Forest: 25-year fire and cutting effects on vegetation and fuels.
Fuel treatment impacts in ponderosa pine - Douglas-fir forests in the Northern Rockies.