Rx Effects Newsletter

Rx Effects is the newsletter of the Fire Effects Monitoring Program in the National Park Service. It is an outlet for information on Fire Effects Monitoring, FFI, fire research and other types of wildland fire monitoring.

Subscription Information

If you would like a subscription or to submit articles please contact the editor via e-mail or phone at (662) 840-7572

Submission Guidelines

The newsletter is produced annually for the National Park Service but we encourage anyone with an interest in fire ecology to submit information about their program or research.

The deadline for submissions is the last Friday in February. Submissions will be accepted at any time in any format (e.g., files attached to email, Google Drive, etc.). Remember that Rx Effects is a newsletter, not a peer-reviewed journal. The intent is light, informative reading. Articles should be short and cover the highlights of your topic. Please provide your contact information so that if a reader is interested in more details he or she can reach you. We suggest articles be written in a newspaper format with the important points at the top and the supporting details at the bottom. Articles should target no more than 500–1000 words or 1–2 type-written pages. Metric system units are preferred. In all cases the Editor will attempt to preserve the intent of your submitted article but also reserves the right to edit or shorten it.

Examples of submissions include:

  • Contact information for your program
  • Summaries of your program's goals, objectives and achievements
  • Monitoring successes and failures
  • Modifications to plot protocols that work for your park
  • Hints for streamlining data collection, entry and analysis
  • Data entry and analysis
  • Event schedules
  • Abstracts of papers or posters resulting from your program

Present and Past Issues

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 13, Fall 2014

An ecologist with mosquito netting holds up a sign in dense shrubbery near a structure.

Dense tall shrubs surrounded the historic Fairhaven Cabins in Bering Land Bridge NP prior to the fuels treatment, 2012. NPS. Read more in the 2014 issue.

Discussion Topic: Essential Fire Ecology; Strategies to Quickly Find Invasive Plant Outbreaks after Prescribed Fire in Black Hills Ponderosa Pine Forest; Fire Induced Tree Mortality Following Lightning Ignition in the Ouachita Mountains, AR; Fuels Reduction to Protect 100 Year Old Historic Structures in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska; Finding Time Savings in Your Sampling Protocols; National Wild Turkey Federation Helps Restore Glades and Woodlands on Jerktail Mountain; Spring Burn Promotes Germination of Ouachita Twistflower

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 12, Summer 2013

A group of NPS employees hold an award.

The Natchez Trace fire ecologist and fire effects crew received the Achievement in Implementing Adaptive Management Award for 2012. NPS. Read more in the 2013 issue.

Reducing Crown Fire Potential at Mount Rushmore National Memorial using Mechanical Treatments; Smoldering Combustion in Organic Soils; Burning Mixed Conifer Forests on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park: Lessons Learned and Initial Rapid Assessment Plot Results; Getting the Most Out of Monitoring Data: Using Multiple FFI Databases to Examine Regional-Scale Questions; Does Burn Severity Affect the Age of Soil Carbon Released during a Tundra Fire? A Case Study from Noatak National Preserve; Monitoring Vegetation Recovery After the Las Conchas Fire; Metadata, Mapping, and Merging – Exciting Momentum in the FFI World; Identifying Patterns of High Severity Fire Before Fire Exclusion in Lassen Volcanic National Park; Natchez Trace Receives Award

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 11, Spring 2012

A NPS employee looks closely at a shrub.

Ko (oko (olau (Bidens hawaiensis) was one of 12 planted species that was reproductive 10 years following fire at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Maturation of these fire tolerant plants is critical to establishment following future wildfires. NPS. Read more in the 2012 issue.

Biotic and Abiotic Factors Contributing to New Mexico’s Largest Wildfire: The Las Conchas Fire; Building Resilient Native Hawaiian Ecosystems in a Novel Fire Regime; Changes in Forest Community Structure and Fuel Loading Following the American Elk Prescribed Fire; A comparison of spring and summer fires in red and white pine stands at Voyageurs National Park; The Wildfire Ecology of Wetland Landscapes; Fire Fuels Research in the War on Buffelgrass; Fire Consortia Get Rolling Nationwide; FFI – What can the new version do for you?; New Fuels Map for Shenandoah National Park; Easy to Use Interactive Excel Tool Available to Analyze Paired Data; Sherry Leis Receives Outstanding Young Range Professional Award.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 10, Fall 2011

A small group stands in an area with trees and small shrubs.

Discussing ecological effects from a 2008 prescribed fire at Shenandoah National Park. NPS. Read more in the 2011 issue.

Articles include Impacts of mountain pine beetle on lodgepole pine fire behavior; FFI—Less is More; 1st Annual NER/SER Fire Ecology Summit; Monitoring the Effects of Fire on the Exotic Fern, Lygodium microphyllum, in the Coastal Prairies of Everglades National Park; Fire Effects Crews as Firefighters: Improving the Value and Validity of our Programs; Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity; Fire Management Prioritization Modeling Methodology; Training for Resource Advisors Enhances Resource Protection during Incidents; Post Fire Programs; Fire Effects Photo Contest; and How to Submit to Rx Fx.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 9, Fall 2010

Jenn and Jasper Peach.

Jenn and Jasper Peach field test new fire ecology curriculum at Grand Canyon National Park. NPS. Read more in the 2010 issue.

Articles include Burn Severity Thresholding Using ZunZun and the CBI Thresholding Tool; Fire Ecology on the Rim, Grand Canyon National Park; Strategies for efficient early detection of invasive plants after prescribed fire; Fire Ecology Weighs in on Natural Resource Condition Assessments; FFI—Keeping Pace with Technology...; An Oak Forest Overstory Assessment Base on Growth Form Characteristics; Upcoming Conferences; Black Hills Thinning and Chipping: Initial Results; Photo Contest; and How to Submit to Rx Fx.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 8, Fall 2009

Firefighter using driptorch to ignite fire in pinyon-juniper woodland.

Prescribed fire in a pinyon-juniper woodland at El Malpais National Monument in 2006. NPS. Read more in the 2009 issue.

Articles include Integration of Fire and Exotics Management in Everglades National Park; FFI Update; Searching for Ski Poles in Glacier National Park; Combining Monitoring and Research Data to Manage Fire in Mexican Spotted Owl Critical Habitat on the North Rim of Grand Canyon; Yet Another Way to Monitor Shrubs…; Stats 911; Monitoring an Alaskan Tundra Mega-Fire; Using Prescribed Fire to Reduce Fuels at El Malpais National Monument; Upcoming Conferences and How to Submit to Rx Fx; Photo Contest.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 7, Spring 2008

A rocky bluff.

Example of photo-documentation of SE Edgemont site used in Northern Great Plains interagency site assessment tool. Read more in the 2008 issue.

Articles include Filling the "Donut Hole": Fire Ecology in the Central Grasslands, Northern Great Plains News: Interagency Cooperation on the NGP, Pineland Croton and Butterfly Habitat in Everglades National Park, Rx Effects Lives to Fight Another Day, FFI and You, Note From the Editor, Fire Effects Photo Contest, The Lighter Side, and Upcoming Conferences.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 6, Spring 2006

A group listens to a speaker.

Audience members participate in the Teton Interagency Fire Effects Symposium’s concluding “Manager’s Panel”. Read more in the 2006 issue.

Articles about Southern California Shrublands; Burn Severity Effects in NW Wyoming; Clear Trap Rx Burn: Short Term Treatment Results, Zion National Park; Northern Great Plains News; 20 Years of Rx Fire, Big Creek Rx, Yosemite NP; Fuel Appraisal Photoseries for Yellowstone NP; Teton Interagency Fire Effects Symposium; Yosemite National Park Fire Science Symposium; The Lighter Side.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 5, Spring 2005

A group stands among prairie grasses.

Midwest Region fire ecologists and fire effects monitors on a field trip to a local Nature Conservancy preserve. Read more in the 2005 issue.

Articles about Northern Great Plains News; Benefits of Fall Burning for Maintaining Yellow Pine Ecosystems; Linking the Fire Environment to Fire Effects; 18 Plot Situations that Shout Watch Out; Nonparametric Tests; Midwest Regional Fire Ecology Meeting; Canopy Fuels and Crown Fire Behavior in Lodgepole Pine; Pacific West Region Fire Ecology Meeting.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 4, Spring 2004

Caroline Noble stands next to a poster.

Caroline Noble and the Southeast Fire Ecology Partnership presentation at the Second International Fire Congress in Orlando. Read more in the 2004 issue.

Articles about FEAT l Statistics Workshop; Monitoring Mechanical Fuel Reduction in Ponderosa Pine; Southeast Fire Ecology Partnership; Crown Fire and Canopy Bulk Density Thresholds; Restoration of the Blackbelt Prairie; Fire and Yellow Pine Communities in the Smokies; A Fuels Photoseries for Post-Fire Lodgepole Pine; Interagency Fire Effects Meeting in the Tetons.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 3, Spring 2003

Two rangers in a forest.

Rangers gathering cover data in 1935. Read more in the 2003 issue.

Articles about The Crown Spacing Conundrum; Modelling Reburn Potential in Lodgepole Pine; FMH Poetry!; Fire Effects in Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Ecosystems; Submission Information.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 2002

A burning forest.

Fire effects in a forest. Read more in the 2002 issue.

Articles about Grand Teton National Park; Western Region Fire Ecology Center; Bryce Canyon & Zion; Glacier National Park; Yellowstone National Park; Joshua Tree National Park.

Rx Effects—Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2000

A burning forest.

Henry Bastian explains how to construct a fire effects monitoring plot in Grand Teton National Park. Read more in the 2000 issue.

Articles about Glacier National Park; Grand Teton National Park; The Nature Conservancy; Yellowstone National Park; Remote Sensing; Bryce Canyon and Zion Results; Long-term Postfire Succession in Yellowstone.