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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.

2019 Silviculture Workshop

The most recent biennial National Silviculture Workshop was May 21-23, 2019, in Bemidji, Minnesota, at the Sanford Conference Center. 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”. This workshop brought together field foresters and research scientists from Research and Development and universities to share information on how forest management-research partnerships have promoted effective decision making on National Forest System lands. The meeting included a field tour to the Chippewa National Forest and Cutfoot Experimental Forest, plus a field tour of the PotlatchDeltic stud mill.


We request that oral presentations be submitted as complete papers or extended research summaries (i.e., extended abstract) for publication in workshop proceedings, which will be published as a General Technical Report. Oral presenters also have the option to instead submit complete papers for inclusion in a 2019 National Silviculture Workshop special section for the Journal of Forestry.

Poster presenters may choose to submit either a complete paper or an extended research summary. Abstracts submitted for workshop acceptance will not be published. Poster presenters may also choose to submit a complete paper to the Journal of Forestry.

General Technical Report Guidelines

Complete papers are limited to 4,000 words and no more than eight (combined) tables or figures. Extended abstracts should be between 750-1000 words, should include a brief summary of results or preliminary findings, and are limited one table and figure. Please see sample AUTHOR GUIDELINES (PDF), AUTHOR CHECKLIST (PDF), and MANUSCRIPT REVIEW AND APPROVAL FORM (PDF) for further information. Reference a recent NRS GTR publication to provide authors an example of proper formatting.

Authors should submit a final manuscript (complete paper or extended abstract) by email no later than June 28, 2019. Forest Service R&D authors should complete internal station review (including policy review) prior to submittal for conference proceedings. Authors not associated with a Forest Service Research Station (National Forest System or external partners) will be required to have their manuscripts go through policy review with the Northern Research Station prior to publication in the workshop proceedings. After submission, all complete papers and extended abstracts will be handled by the GTR editorial team and go through a single-blind, peer-review process.

Journal of Forestry Guidelines

Submissions to the Journal of Forestry (JoF) must follow Journal author guidelines. Please notify special guest co-editors Dan Dey ( and Tom Schuler ( when your manuscript has been uploaded to JoF. Authors should upload a final manuscript to the JoF submission site no later than June 28, 2019, to be considered for publication in the NSW special sections.

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