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United States Department of Agriculture

Tools and Applications

Forest Vegetation Simulator

The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is a family of forest growth simulation models. FVS answers questions about how forest vegetation will change in response to natural succession, disturbances, and proposed management actions. Read more…

Rapid Assessment of Vegetation Condition after Wildfire (RAVG)

The RAVG program, managed by the USDA Forest Service Geospatial Technology and Applications Center (GTAC), provides a rapid initial assessment of post-fire vegetation condition following large wildfires on National Forests. Read more…

Forest Products Measurement

Timber cruising, log scaling, and volume estimation information, software, and support for the National Forests. Read more…

Forest Operations Equipment Catalog

Are you looking for information concerning the tools, equipment, and techniques used in forest operations? Read more…


  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    The U.S. Forest Service is highly interested in new technologies and believes there is potential to use Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to support a host of natural resource management activities, including forest health protection, wildfire suppression, research, recreational impacts, and law enforcement.