Alaska Reference Database

The Alaska Reference Database originated as the standalone Alaska Fire Effects Reference Database, a ProCite reference database maintained by former BLM-Alaska Fire Service Fire Ecologist Randi Jandt. It was expanded under a Joint Fire Science Program grant for the FIREHouse project (The Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse). It is now maintained by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium and FRAMES, and is hosted through the FRAMES Resource Catalog. The database provides a listing of fire research publications relevant to Alaska and a venue for sharing unpublished agency reports and works in progress that are not normally found in the published literature.

 

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Fire suppression in grassland systems that are adapted to episodic fire has contributed to the recruitment of woody species in grasslands worldwide. Even though the ecology of restoring these fire prone systems back to grassland states is becoming...

Person: Toledo, Sorice, Kreuter
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: TTRS

Whether ignited by lightning or by Native Americans, fire once shaped many North American ecosystems. Euro-American settlement and 20th Century fire suppression practices drastically altered historic fire regimes, leading to excessive fuel accumulation...

Person: Ryan, Knapp, Varner
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: TTRS

As with other aspects of natural-resource management, the approach to managing wildland fires has evolved over time as scientific understanding has advanced and the broader context surrounding management decisions has changed. Prior to 2000 the primary...

Person: McCaffrey, Toman, Stidham, Shindler
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES, TTRS

The ignition and combustion of forest floor duff are poorly understood yet have been linked to soil heating and overstory tree mortality in many temperate coniferous forests. Research to date has focused on the characteristics of duff that facilitate...

Person: Kreye, Varner, Dugaw, Cao, Szecsei, Engber
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: TTRS

White ash results from the complete combustion of surface fuels, making it a logically simple retrospective indicator of surface fuel consumption. However, the strength of this relationship has been neither tested nor adequately demonstrated with field...

Person: Hudak, Ottmar, Vihnanek, Brewer, Smith, Morgan
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES, TTRS

Summary: 1. Charcoal plays an important role in soil function and carbon storage in fire-prone ecosystems. Charcoal is present in most boreal forest soils as a result of naturally recurring wildfires, which convert 0·7-2% of biomass to charcoal. In...

Person: Hart, Luckai
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: TTRS

Mechanical (e.g., shearblading) and manual (e.g., thinning) fuel treatments have become the preferred strategy of many fire managers and agencies for reducing fire hazard in boreal forests. This study attempts to characterize the effectiveness of four...

Person: Butler, Ottmar, Rupp, Jandt, Miller, Howard, Schmoll, Theisen, Vihnanek, Jimenez
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: TTRS

Even though large extents of boreal peatlands are still in a pristine condition, especially in North America, extensive areas have been affected by natural or anthropogenic disturbances that change some of the systems from being sinks to sources of...

Person: Andersen, Chapman, Artz
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: TTRS

Soil structure is often severely affected during high intensity burning, while low intensity prescribed burning has often been thought to have a low or neutral effect on soil aggregation. In this issue of Plant and Soil, (Albalasmeh et al. 2012) report...

Person: Urbanek
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: TTRS

A forest carbon (C) offset is a quantifiable unit of C that is commonly developed at the local or regional project scale and is designed to counterbalance anthropogenic C emissions by sequestering C in trees. In cap-and-trade programs, forest offsets...

Person: Hurteau, Hungate, Koch, North, Smith
Year: 2013
Resource Group: Document
Source: TTRS