[from the text] The Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) was developed by the Intermountain Research Station in cooperation with the University of Montana. This system is a computerized information storage and retrieval system that was developed to be an authoritative, easy to access source for information about the effect of fire on individual plant and animal species and on the plant communities in which these species reside. The expected effect of fire on plant communities is a major consideration affecting decisions to use fire to accomplish a variety of wildland vegetation management objectives. To obtain a specific desired result from a fire treatment, the fire prescription must be based on the best available information and experience regarding the response of target plant species to fire and how this response varies according to such factors as fire severity, season, phenological state, successional status, site characteristics, and other biological and environmental considerations. Many managers perceive a lack of such fire effects information as a barrier to the effective use of prescribed fire for vegetation management (Kickert et al. 1976, Kilgore and Curtis 1987, Noste and Brown 1981, Taylor et al. 1975). However, a substantial body of information exists about fire effects generally and plant response to fire in particular, especially for the species of primary management concern. The problem, largely one of the accessibility of such information, has two facets: (1) there is no single "best" route to the available information, and (2) the information is generally unorganized and uninterpreted for the purpose of aiding fire management decisions. The Fire Effects Information System is a unique solution to this problem.