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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 06-14-2022 EssentialFVS.pdf 2.0M
Keyword Reference Guide for the Forest Vegetation Simulator 09-10-2021 keyword.pdf 1.2M
The Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator: Updated Model Documentation 02-02-2022 FFEguide.pdf 6.1M
Users Guide to the Database Extension of the Forest Vegetation Simulator Version 3.0 (FVS with SQLite) 10-14-2021 DBSUserGuide.pdf 1.0M
Additional Documents
Document File Date File Size
FVS Validation Protocols 01-21-2010 FVS_Model_Validation_Protocols.pdf 97K
National Algorithms for Determining Stocking Class, Stand Size Class, and Forest Type for Forest Inventory and Analysis Plots 11-15-2002 Arner2001.pdf 179K
Research Applications of the Forest Vegetation Simulator: Documentation and Citation 09-01-2020 DocumentingResearchApplicFVS.pdf 345K
Climate-FVS Version 2: Users Guide 07-06-2015 ClimateFVS_UsersGuide.pdf 1.6M
User Guide To The FVS Economic Extension (ECON), January 2008 07-22-2013 EconUserGuide.pdf 280K
Snag Dynamics in the PN, WC, BM, EC, and SO variants 03-07-2013 R6snags.pdf 3.1M
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
Variant Overviews
Variant File Date File Size
Alaska 10-22-2021 FVSak_Overview.pdf 1.2M
Blue Mountains 10-22-2021 FVSbm_Overview.pdf 1.3M
Inland California and Southern Cascades 10-22-2021 FVSca_Overview.pdf 1.6M
Central Idaho 10-22-2021 FVSci_Overview.pdf 1.6M
Central Rockies 10-22-2021 FVScr_Overview.pdf 2.0M
Central States 10-22-2021 FVScs_Overview.pdf 2.0M
East Cascades 10-22-2021 FVSec_Overview.pdf 1.4M
Eastern Montana 10-22-2021 FVSem_Overview.pdf 1.5M
Inland Empire 10-22-2021 FVSie_Overview.pdf 1.8M
Klamath Mountains 10-22-2021 FVSnc_Overview.pdf 1.4M
Kootenai, Kaniksu, and Tally Lake (KooKanTL) 10-22-2021 FVSkt_Overview.pdf 1.6M
Lake States 10-22-2021 FVSls_Overview.pdf 1.2M
Northeast 10-22-2021 FVSne_Overview.pdf 1.9M
ORGANON Southwest 10-22-2021 FVSoc_Overview.pdf 1.6M
ORGANON Pacific Northwest 10-22-2021 FVSop_Overview.pdf 1.7M
Pacific Northwest Coast 10-22-2021 FVSpn_Overview.pdf 2.0M
Southern 10-22-2021 FVSsn_Overview.pdf 1.9M
South Central Oregon and Northeast California (SORNEC) 10-22-2021 FVSso_Overview.pdf 2.1M
Tetons 10-22-2021 FVStt_Overview.pdf 1.2M
Utah 10-22-2021 FVSut_Overview.pdf 1.7M
Westside Cascades 10-22-2021 FVSwc_Overview.pdf 1.6M
Western Sierra Nevada 10-22-2021 FVSws_Overview.pdf 1.4M
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. 11-05-2021