National Silviculture Workshop
The National Silviculture Workshop (NSW) is a biannual meeting, begun in 1989, as a forum for sharing silvicultural advances among field foresters in the National Forest System, research scientists in Research and Development, and in recent years, research scientists from universities, as well other federal and state agencies.
2022 National Silviculture Workshop
The next biennial National Silviculture Workshop is postponed to July 10-15, 2022, in Kellogg, Idaho because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington Office Forest Management, Rangelands Management, and Vegetation Ecology; Washington Office Sustainable Forest Management Research; and the Northern Region and the Rocky Mountain Research Station will jointly host the workshop.
The theme for this workshop is “Foundational Concepts in Silviculture: Emphasis on Reforestation and Stand Improvement”. This workshop will bring together field foresters from National Forests System and research scientists from Research & Development and universities to share silvicultural advances in reforestation and stand improvement on the National Forest System lands. The meeting includes a field tour of the Deception Creek Experimental Forest and the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
Submission deadline for abstracts is extended to July 1, 2021. Please submit your abstracts to Terrie Jain, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
This workshop will showcase manager and research partnerships in reforestation and stand improvement by 1) communicating the science concepts along with management applications, and 2) presenting and discussing current research findings while identifying emerging reforestation and early stand management concerns that lack supporting science. Although we welcome general topics in reforestation and stand tending, we are looking for papers and presentations that may cover more specific topics as those suggested below.
- Reforestation - status, needs, policies, regeneration methods, reforestation prioritization and barriers, etc.
- Nurseries – needs and production of quality plant materials (from NFS nurseries for both NFS and non-NFS customers).
- Genetic Resource Management – breeding for disease resistance, drought tolerance, seed zones, gene conservation, natural versus artificial regeneration, etc.
- Site Selection - Landscape, stand, microsite to favor success in a changing climate and disturbance regimes.
- Site Condition – managing the factors that facilitate or retard reforestation establishment such as microsites, shelter, seed/coppice availability, competing vegetation, animal damage, etc.
- Planting - arrangement, density, and composition.
- Afforestation opportunities or challenges on NFS lands - silvi-pasture, severely disturbed/altered sites, arrested succession due to exogenous factors.
- Early stand improvement - status, needs, policies, methods, creating diverse structures, etc.
- Climate change and disturbances – early stand improvement for climate change resilience.
- Genetic resource management – considerations related to crop tree identification.
- Long-term effects from early release.
- Alternative methods to introduce compositional or structural diversity to meet non-timber objectives.
- Terminology - thinning, release, weeding, etc.
- Objectives for early stand improvement – wildlife, growth and yield, fuels management, etc.
We have received over 30 abstracts with a limited number of posters. Submit additional abstracts by July 1, 2021. For paper submissions, priority will be given to presentations for specific topic areas that currently have limited contributions.
- The 2019 National Silviculture Workshop was May 21-23, 2019, in Bemidji, Minnesota. Washington Office Forest Management, Rangelands Management, and Vegetation Ecology; Washington Office Sustainable Forest Management Research; and the Eastern Region and the Northern Research Station jointly hosted the workshop. The theme for this workshop was “Forest Management-Research Partnerships.
- The 2017 National Silviculture Workshop occurred July 18-20, 2017, in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Washington Office Forest Management, Washington Office Sustainable Forest Management Research, Southwestern Region, and the Rocky Mountain Research Station jointly hosted the workshop. The theme for this workshop was "Silviculture: The Foundation for Restoration, Resilience, and Climate Adaptation."
- Proceedings of the 2015 National Silviculture Workshop - Journal of Forestry, Volume 115, Number 3. This special issue of the Journal of Forestry features papers presented at the 2015 NSW, held in conjunction with the 2015 SAF National Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This marks the second time the NSW has been held in conjunction with the national convention.
- Proceedings of the 2013 National Silviculture Workshop - Journal of Forestry, Volume 112, Number 5. This special issue of the Journal of Forestry features papers presented at the 2015 National Silviculture Workshop (NSW), held in conjunction with the 2015 of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. This marks the first time the NSW was held in conjunction with the national convention.
- Integrated management of carbon sequestration and biomass utilization opportunities in a changing climate: Proceedings of the 2009 National Silviculture Workshop
- Integrated restoration of forested ecosystems to achieve multiresource benefits: proceedings of the 2007 national silviculture workshop
- Restoring fire-adapted ecosystems: proceedings of the 2005 national silviculture workshop
- Silviculture in Special Places: Proceedings of the 2003 National Silviculture Workshop