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Fourth Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) Conference

General Information

The Fourth Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) Conference was held April 17-19, 2012, in Fort Collins, Colorado. The USDA Forest Service, Forest Management Service Center, has hosted the conference every five years since 1997.

The conference consisted of two days of presentations from over 40 speakers. In addition, a third day of discussions and workshops was conducted. We celebrated the work that has been done in FVS over the last five years and contemplated the work to come in the future.

Group picture of the particpants at the Fourth FVS Conference.
Participants of the Fourth FVS Conference.

Forest Science Special Section: Fourth Forest Vegetation Simulator Conference

Forest Science published a Special Section in their April 19, 2014, issue presenting six papers representing the latest research in all phases of FVS knowledge generation and dissemination. The papers represent the full range of FVS-related opportunities, from evaluating the accuracy and scale of source information from inventories and satellite imagery, to modeling different stand structures, seed productivity, and forest health, fuel modeling, and fire effects analysis, and finally, to evaluating different methods of carbon stock estimation.