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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

We are scheduling and opening registration for the 2015-2016 FVS training season. For those who are registered for one of the training sessions this season, there are 4 to 8 hours of pre-work (see Self-Paced Training) that need to be accomplished prior to taking the course.

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

FVS Training Registration

Please carefully complete the electronic registration form below and submit it to register for 2015-2016 FVS Training.

After submission, you will be directed to a web page informing you that you have submitted your registration for FVS Training. You will receive an e-mail within the next week to let you know if a space has been reserved for you or that you have been placed on a waiting list. If there are no spots currently available in the course, your name will be put on the waiting list or you will be signed up for your second choice. Approximately Six weeks before the course, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm that you still plan to attend. If you do not confirm, we will assume that you can no longer attend and we will fill your reserved spot with someone on the waiting list.

If for some reason you need to cancel, have questions regarding this registration form or are unable to complete registration, please contact the FVS Staff (telephone: 970-295-5770, e-mail:

NOTE: Required fields are marked with a red asterisk ( * ). They are required to successfully submit the registration.

Select a Course - 1st Choice *
Select a Course - 2nd Choice *
Last Name *
First Name *
National Forest / Unit *
Agency *
Street Address *
City *
State *
Zip Code *
Telephone Number *
E-mail Address *
Are you presently working with or will you soon be working with a project using FVS? If so, please give a short description. (Maximum characters = 255)
Please list any FVS-related topics in which you are specifically interested. (Maximum characters = 255)
Are you participating in a current or upcoming National Advanced Silviculture Program class? * Yes No

Student Profile

The Forest Management Staff wishes to make your experience in this workshop meaningful to you and your unit. We would like to tailor this session accordingly to better understand your needs and the needs of your unit.

Please take a few moments to complete this questionnaire. Feel free to use the general comment box at the end to describe any special concerns or other considerations to pass on to the instructor.

1. Please provide the following information about yourself and your experience with FVS.
a. Have you taken an FVS class before? How many classes? * 0 1 2 3 4 or more
b. To what extent have you worked with FVS? * Not At All 1 <-- 2 --- 3 --- 4 --> 5 Extensive
c. How would you rate your knowledge of FVS? * No Knowledge 1 <-- 2 --- 3 --- 4 --> 5 Expert
2. Please use this space if you have any questions, concerns, or if you need any special accommodations. (Maximum characters = 255)

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Last modified: September 08, 2015