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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.

2021 National Silviculture Workshop

The next biennial National Silviculture Workshop is scheduled for July 13-15, 2021, in Kellogg, Idaho. 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.

Abstracts

Submission deadline for abstracts is October 1, 2020. Please submit your abstracts to Terrie Jain, Rocky Mountain Research Station at terrie.jain@usda.gov. Read the 2021 National Silviculture Workshop call for papers letter (PDF, 394 KB).

Workshop Topics:

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.

Previous Workshops