About the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
FEIS provides syntheses of information about fire effects on plants, lichens, and animals. This database was developed at the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory, Missoula, Montana.
FEIS contains literature reviews, synthesized from English-language literature, of about 900 plant species, 100 animal species, a few lichens, and numerous research projects. Reviews focus on how fire affects individual species. Background information on taxonomy, distribution, basic biology, and ecology of each species is also included. Reviews are thoroughly documented, and each contains a complete bibliography. Managers from several land management agencies (United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service) choose the species included in the database. These agencies funded the original work and continue to support maintenance and updating of the database.
The FEIS Library, housed at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, supports the writing of FEIS reviews. The library contains more than 80,000 references regarding fire and general ecology for species occurring in the United States. To add to the library, FEIS staff regularly search scientific abstracts, literature databases, and tables of content from refereed English-language scientific journals and government publication lists. Other library acquisitions include conference proceedings and unpublished reports.
The publication date of a FEIS review tells the reader how current its information base is, although minor revisions may be made and a few references may be added after the date of publication.