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FVS Web-Based Training

The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) Staff periodically provides online training and workshops over the World Wide Web on special topics. We will provide information regarding these offerings and their registration on this web page.

Web-Based Training Registration

Please submit a separate registration for each session you would like to participate in. Registrations will close approximately two days prior to each session. Each session will be limited to 100 participants. A wait list will be maintained once the initial space is filled. Information and instructions on how to connect will be sent out to registered participants approximately one week prior to the session.

April 14, 2015: WRENSS Water Yield Post Processor - COMPLETED

Time: 10-11am Mountain Time
The FVS-WRENSS water yield post-processor predicts changes in water yield using vegetative and site data from Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) projections and user defined precipitation patterns. The hydrologic methods are based on the U.S. Forest Service’s Water Resources Evaluation of Non-Point Silvicultural Sources (WRENSS) Procedural Handbook. An overview of the FVS-WRENSS post-processor will be followed by a demonstration showing the effect of simulated forest management actions on water yield in the western United States.

May 21, 2015: Introduction to the FVS Carbon Reports - COMPLETED

Time: 10-11am Mountain Time
This webinar will introduce participants to the FVS Carbon Reports. A summary of the carbon reports and underlying calculations will be given, along with a demonstration on how to request and interpret the reports. There will be time included to answer questions related to the material presented.

October 8, 2015: Modelling Western Root Disease in FVS

Time: 10-11:30am Mountain Time
This webinar will focus on applying the Western Root Disease model in the Forest Service's Northern Region (Region 1) and will include a general overview of model concepts, initialization, controls, modifiers, and output.


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Training Videos

Getting Started
Title Time
Suppose Overview 6:34 Overview of the FVS interface, FVS-Suppose.
Basic FVS Simulation 9:27 Building a basic FVS simulation.
Full Establishment Model 14:34 Description of Full Establishment model and availability.
Partial Establishment Model 12:26 Description of Partial Establishment model and availability.
Sprouting Explanation and Adjustment 7:00 Explanation and adjustment of sprouting in FVS.
Title Time
Linking Data to Suppose 3:10 Establishing the FVS input database link to the FVS-Suppose interface.
Input Data Format 12:29 Description of the input database for FVS.
Input Data Screening 5:00 Explanation of input data screening with DataScrn keyword.
Title Time
Adding Mortality Events 7:50 Instruction for adding user-defined mortality events to a simulation. (FixMort keyword)
Addfiles or KCP Files 7:49 Creation and use of FVS Addfiles (Keyword ComPonent (KCP) files).
Calibration Statistics Table 7:42 Description of FVS Calibration Statistics table.
Title Time
Inserting Cycle Breaks 3:47 Instruction for inserting growth cycle breaks into a simulation. (CycleAt keyword)
Thinning from Above 13:25 Instruction for implementing a thin from above management action.
Thinning from Below 12:51 Instruction for implementing a thin from below management action.
Thinning Throughout a Diameter Range 14:08 Instruction for implementing a thin throughout a diameter range management action.
Title Time
Summary Statistics Table 6:06 Explanation of the FVS Summary Statistics table output.
FVS Output to Database 9:38 Instruction for sending FVS output to Microsoft Access and Excel.
Simple Computes and Post Processor 18:18 Instruction for creating simple Compute variables and using Compute post processor.
FFE Reports 14:42 Descriptions of Fire and Fuels Extension (FFE) main reports.
Carbon Reports 7:45 Descriptions of Fire and Fuels Extension carbon reports.
Canopy Cover 6:42 Description and use of FVS Canopy Cover value.
Main Output File Options Table 8:26 Description of main output file Options table.
SpMcDBH Event Monitor Function 5:26 Description and use of SpMcDBH Event Monitor function.
Understanding FVS Treelist Files 9:52 Descriptions of output Treelist, Cutlist, and After Treatment Treelist.
Post Processors
Title Time
Stand and Stock Tables Post Processor 8:49 Instruction for how to request and use the Stand and Stock Tables post processor.
Stand Visualization System 6:32 Instruction for using the FVS imaging post processor SVS.

Climate-FVS Webinar

Although we did not design it as training, there is a link to a recording of an introductory Climate-FVS webinar on the Climate-FVS web page.

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Last modified: March 03, 2015