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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 next biennial National Silviculture Workshop is scheduled for 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 will jointly host the workshop.

The theme for this workshop is “Forest Management-Research Partnerships”. This workshop will bring 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 includes a field tour to the Chippewa National Forest and Cutfoot Experimental Forest, plus a field tour of the PotlatchDeltic stud mill.

Workshop Registration

Registration for this workshop is FREE. Everyone planning to attend should register so we can have a head count for the workshop events.

Register online…


See the workshop program (PDF)...

The program is subject to change.

Presenter Information

We ask presenters to reflect on the workshop theme of “Forest Management-Research Partnerships” and objectives when developing their presentations. The 2019 NSW objectives include:

  1. Enhancing relationships between managers and researchers, including highlighting shared stewardship and existing partnerships;
  2. Identifying opportunities for enhanced alignment among Deputy Areas;
  3. Identifying emerging management needs for new science investment; and
  4. Building upon foundational and long-term research from Experimental Forests and demonstration sites under changing conditions.


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 (GTR). 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 are limited to 1,000 words and 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 Research and Development (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 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.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions. Session moderators will be instructed to stay on schedule to reduce problems with timing of concurrent sessions. Presenters should use Microsoft PowerPoint format. Other presentation file types such as video, DVD, mp3, or mp4 are discouraged and must be addressed by the NSW organizational committee (email: in advance. Wireless internet connection SHOULD NOT BE COUNTED ON for presentation content. Presenters are responsible for creating, shipping, and distributing their own handouts.

Please bring your presentation in PowerPoint format to the registration table on Tuesday, May 21st. Authors may submit their presentations prior to May 21st by emailing

Poster Presentations

Poster setup will begin on Tuesday, May 21st from 12 pm. Each poster will be assigned a numbered space that you will receive when you check in at the poster desk. DO NOT change the sequence of numbers once you receive your poster assignment. You will be responsible for the set-up of your own poster. ALL POSTERS MUST FIT within a space that is 42 inches wide by 40 inches high (107 cm by 102 cm). Poster presenters should not include any electronic audio/visual aids to their posters, as we cannot guarantee power access. Presenters will be allowed to post handouts or other publications related to their poster in the space provided. Poster session starts on Tuesday, May 21st, at 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Posters and handouts remaining after 8 am on Wednesday, May 22nd will be discarded.

Field Tours

Read more about the details of the field tours (PDF)…


There are various accommodation options close to the workshop venue, but Country Inn and Suites and Hampton Inn and Suites are holding blocks of sleeping rooms for the National Silviculture Workshop attendees.

  • Country Inn and Suites: Single rooms are $95 to $109 plus tax. Use the group name: National Silviculture Forest Service. After April 19, 2019, the reduced rate will be subject to availability. Call 218-441-4800 for reservations. The hotel is located at 927 Lake Shore Dr. NE. Bemidji, MN.
  • Hampton Inn and Suites: Single rooms are $109 plus tax. Use the group name: Forest Service National Silviculture Workshop. After April 19, 2019, the reduced rate is subject to availability. Call 218-751-3600 for reservations. The hotel is located at 1019 Paul Bunyon Dr. S. Bemidji, MN.

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