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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. Registration priority will be given to Forest Service and National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP) students. We do our best to accommodate non-Forest Service employees when space is available. A waiting list will be maintained for all non-Forest Service and NASP candidates until approximately 3 weeks prior to the training. 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.

2015-2016 FVS Training Season

Classes are done 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:

2015-2016 Forest Vegetation Simulator Training Schedule
Date Location Hosted By
COMPLETED November 16-20, 2015 Missoula, MT Region 1
COMPLETED February 22-26, 2016 Milwaukee, WI Region 9
COMPLETED February 29- March 4, 2016 Seattle, WA Region 6

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

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