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Forest Vegetation Simulator

FVS Instructor-Led Training

Picture of an FVS training class in progress showing students working with FVS exercises on their PCs.

The objective of the training is to introduce the concepts of vegetation growth and yield modeling, specifically the use of the Forest Vegetation Simulator and its Extensions. Training will emphasize the capabilities of FVS in simulating forest management and its impacts on forest structure, fire behavior and carbon accounting. These classes are appropriate for silviculturists, foresters, fire and fuels managers, ecologists, wildlife biologists, entomologists, pathologists, forest analysts, GIS specialists, forest planners, and any others interested in forest structure, composition and management.

We annually offer training sessions, scheduling the sessions during the months of October through April, offered throughout the United States. Courses are tuition free (except Sacramento, approximately $300). We do our best to accommodate non-Forest Service employees when space is available. Classes typically are a week long, beginning Monday at 1:00 p.m. and ending Friday at noon. Our classes typically fill-up quickly, so register early and please plan to attend the whole week.

2013-2014 FVS Training Season

Classes are finished for the season. Please check this page in late summer to register for classes scheduled next fall through spring. If you have questions about FVS training, please contact the FVS Staff (telephone: 970-295-5770, e-mail:

2013-2014 Forest Vegetation Simulator Training Schedule
Date Location Hosted By
COMPLETED December 2-6, 2013 Missoula, MT Region 1
COMPLETED December 9-13, 2013 Sacramento, CA Region 5
COMPLETED January 13-17, 2014 Albuquerque, NM Region 3
COMPLETED February 3-7, 2014 Vancouver, WA Regions 6 and 10
COMPLETED February 10-14, 2014 Fort Collins, CO Region 2
COMPLETED February 24-28, 2014 Ogden, UT Region 4
COMPLETED April 14-18, 2014 Milwaukee, WI Regions 9 and 8

US Forest Service
Forest Management Service Center
2150 Centre Avenue, Bldg. A
Fort Collins, CO 80526-1891

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Last modified: August 16, 2013