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United States Department of Agriculture

FVS Instructor-Led Training

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Registration is open for instructor-led Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) training for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Courses are tuition free. Classes typically are a week long, beginning Monday at 1:00 p.m. and ending Friday at noon. Our classes typically fill-up quickly, so register early and please plan to attend the whole week.

The objective of the training is to introduce the concepts of vegetation growth and yield modeling, specifically, the use ofFVS 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:

2018-2019 Forest Vegetation Simulator Training Schedule
Date Location Hosted By Level
COMPLETED November 6 to 8, 2018 Fort Collins, Colorado FMSC Advanced
COMPLETED December 3 to 7, 2018 Sacramento, California Region 5 Basic
February 4 to 8, 2019 Fort Collins, Colorado Region 2 Basic
February 25 to March 1, 2019 Asheville, North Carolina Region 8 Basic

For the first time in several years, an advanced-level course will be offered. Course content is preliminarily planned to cover topics pertaining to Event Monitor use, specific management scenarios, insects and disease modeling, and model modifications. Students signing up for this course are expected to have either taken the basic training prior and/or have a good working knowledge of FVS.

There is space for approximately 30 students in each session. Registration priority will be given to Forest Service and National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP) applicants. A waiting list will be maintained once the student limit has been reached. Early registration is encouraged. Please register no later than four weeks prior to the start date of the session you would like to attend. After that point, available spaces will be filled from the waitlist.

FVS Training Registration

Please carefully complete the electronic registration form below and submit it to register for 2018-2019 FVS Training.

After submission, you will be directed to a web page informing you that you have submitted your registration for FVS Training. You will receive an e-mail within the next week to let you know if a space has been reserved for you or that you have been placed on a waiting list. If there are no spots currently available in the course, your name will be put on the waiting list or you will be signed up for your second choice. 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 (telephone: 970-295-5770, 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? *

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