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United States Department of Agriculture

FVS Instructor-Led Training

Picture of an FVS training class in progress showing students working with FVS exercises on their PCs.

Registration is closed for instructor-led Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) training for fiscal year (FY) 2021. Courses are tuition free.

The objective of the training is to introduce the concepts of vegetation growth and yield modeling, specifically, the use of FVS and its extensions. Training will emphasize the capabilities of FVS in simulating forest management and impacts on forest structure, growth, fire behavior, and carbon accounting.

These training sessions are designed for silviculturists, forest planners, foresters, fire and fuels managers, ecologists, wildlife biologists, entomologists, pathologists, forest analysts, geographic information system specialists, and any others interested in forest structure, composition, and management. The following training sessions are scheduled:

2020-2021 Forest Vegetation Simulator Training Schedule
Date Location Hosted By
Dec.1, Dec. 3, Dec. 8, Dec 10, and Dec. 11 (1/2 day) Virtual Region 5
Jan. 12, Jan. 14, Jan. 19, Jan. 21, Jan. 22 (1/2 day) Virtual Region 1

Training will be offered virtually using the new FVS user interface, over 4 to 5 full days, spread over two weeks. Although a hosted Region is specified and many examples will be based on the that geographic area, the course content will be applicable outside of the hosted region.

There is space for approximately 100 students in each virtual session. A waiting list will be maintained once the student limit has been reached. Early registration is encouraged.

FVS Training Registration

Please carefully complete the electronic registration form below and submit it to register for 2020-2021 FVS Training.

After submission, you will be directed to a web page informing you that you have submitted your registration for FVS Training. Approximately six weeks before the course, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm that you still plan to attend. If you do not confirm, we will assume that you can no longer attend and we will fill your reserved spot with someone on the waiting list.

If for some reason you need to cancel, have questions regarding this registration form or are unable to complete registration, please contact the FVS Staff (e-mail:

NOTE: Required fields are marked with a red asterisk ( * ). They are required to successfully submit the registration.

Are you participating in a current or upcoming National Advanced Silviculture Program class? *

Student Profile

The Forest Management Staff wishes to make your experience in this workshop meaningful to you and your unit. We would like to tailor this session accordingly to better understand your needs and the needs of your unit.

Please take a few moments to complete this questionnaire. Feel free to use the general comment box at the end to describe any special concerns or other considerations to pass on to the instructor.

1. Please provide the following information about yourself and your experience with FVS.

a. Have you taken an FVS class before? How many classes? *

b. To what extent have you worked with FVS? *

c. How would you rate your knowledge of FVS? *

SUBMIT: After completing the form, verify the reCAPTCHA prompt, and submit your FVS Training Registration. Reset the form to start over.