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FVS User Guides

Essential FVS: A User's Guide to the Forest Vegetation Simulator Document Cover.

These documents are available as user guides and background information for FVS, related models, and programs. The variant overviews provide specific information about each variant.

You can download the document directly from the links in the File column.

Common User Guides
Document File Date File Size
Essential FVS: A User’s Guide to the Forest Vegetation Simulator 09-27-2018 EssentialFVS.pdf 1.7M
Keyword Reference Guide for the Forest Vegetation Simulator 02-13-2018 keyword.pdf 901K
The Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator: Updated Model Documentation 06-25-2015 FFEguide.pdf 6.6M
Additional User Guides
Document File Date File Size
Users Guide to the Database Extension of the Forest Vegetation Simulator Version 2.0 01-17-2018 DBSUserGuide.pdf 954K
FVS_DB_LINK Utility: User's Guide 09-28-2012 FVS_DB_LINK.pdf 388K
Percent Canopy Cover and Stand Structure Statistics from the Forest Vegetation Simulator (RMRS-GTR-24) 03-15-2001 percancv.pdf 239K
Snag Dynamics in the PN, WC, BM, EC, and SO variants 03-07-2013 R6snags.pdf 3.1M
Stand Visualization System, Version 3.3 04-13-2004 WinSVS3_3.pdf 781K
Climate-FVS Version 2: Users Guide 07-06-2015 ClimateFVS_UsersGuide.pdf 1.6M
User's Guide to the Post Processors for the Forest Vegetation Simulator. 07-02-2008 postprocessors.pdf 423K
User Guide To The FVS Economic Extension (ECON), January 2008 07-22-2013 EconUserGuide.pdf 280K
Instructions for Running the FVS-WRENSS Water Yield Post-processor 09-29-2015 WRENSS_Guide.pdf 573K
Variant Overviews
Variant File Date File Size
Southeast Alaska and Coastal British Columbia 09-26-2018 FVSak_Overview.pdf 1.7M
Blue Mountains 09-26-2018 FVSbm_Overview.pdf 2.4M
Inland California and Southern Cascades 09-26-2018 FVSca_Overview.pdf 2.8M
Central Idaho 09-26-2018 FVSci_Overview.pdf 2.4M
Central Rockies 09-26-2018 FVScr_Overview.pdf 2.6M
Central States 09-26-2018 FVScs_Overview.pdf 2.7M
East Cascades 09-26-2018 FVSec_Overview.pdf 2.4M
Eastern Montana 09-26-2018 FVSem_Overview.pdf 2.4M
Inland Empire 09-26-2018 FVSie_Overview.pdf 2.5M
Klamath Mountains 09-26-2018 FVSnc_Overview.pdf 2.2M
Kootenai, Kaniksu, and Tally Lake (KooKanTL) 09-26-2018 FVSkt_Overview.pdf 2.5M
Lake States 11-06-2018 FVSls_Overview.pdf 2.2M
Northeast 09-26-2018 FVSne_Overview.pdf 2.5M
ORGANON Southwest 09-26-2018 FVSoc_Overview.pdf 2.7M
ORGANON Pacific Northwest 09-26-2018 FVSop_Overview.pdf 2.7M
Pacific Northwest Coast 09-26-2018 FVSpn_Overview.pdf 2.6M
Southern 09-26-2018 FVSsn_Overview.pdf 3.2M
South Central Oregon and Northeast California (SORNEC) 09-26-2018 FVSso_Overview.pdf 3.1M
Tetons 09-26-2018 FVStt_Overview.pdf 2.1M
Utah 09-26-2018 FVSut_Overview.pdf 2.4M
Westside Cascades 09-26-2018 FVSwc_Overview.pdf 2.8M
Western Sierra Nevada 09-26-2018 FVSws_Overview.pdf 2.4M
Variant Overview Supplemental Information
Document File Date File Size
Species Crosswalks Used in Eastern and Western FVS Variants - a Microsoft Excel Workbook including the species crosswalks used in eastern FVS variants (CS, LS, NE, and SN) and western FVS variants (AK, BM, CA, CI, CR, EC, ID, NC, KT, PN, SO, TT, UT, WC, WS). Each species (sorted by scientific name) is mapped to a corresponding species in a given variant. 06-16-2015