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FVS Webinars

We periodically host live webinars about special topics. Stay tuned to this web page for information regarding these webinars and how to register. Recordings of past webinars are available on this web page.

Upcoming Webinars

The webinars for 2015 have been completed (see recordings below). Webinar options for 2016 have not yet been decided. Details and registration will be available here when the next round of webinars are scheduled.

Completed Webinars

2017 Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) e-Conference

The 2017 FVS e-Conference, the fifth in a series of quinquennial conferences, was a virtual event held February 28 to March 2, 2017. It was dedicated to bringing together developers and users of FVS and had an overall goal of providing the medium to share our experiences, our lessons learned, our triumphs and our failures.

Read more about the e-Conference and to view presentations…

Western Washington FVS

This webinar focused on the similarities and differences of FVS variants that cover the Pacific Northwest. The inclusion of ORGANON growth functions into the FVS Pacific Northwest and West Cascades variants and updates to the mortality logic in these variants is discussed. This webinar was presented on February 16, 2016.

Modeling Western Root Disease in FVS

This webinar focused on applying the Western Root Disease model in the Forest Service's Northern Region (Region 1) and includes a general overview of model concepts, initialization, controls, modifiers, and output. This webinar was presented on October 8, 2015.

Introduction to the FVS Carbon Reports

This webinar introduced participants to the FVS Carbon Reports. A summary of the carbon reports and underlying calculations was given, along with a demonstration on how to request and interpret the reports. This webinar was presented on May 21, 2015.

WRENSS Water Yield Post Processor

The FVS-WRENSS water yield post-processor predicts changes in water yield using vegetative and site data from Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) projections and user defined precipitation patterns. The hydrological methods are based on the U.S. Forest Service’s Water Resources Evaluation of Non-Point Silvicultural Sources (WRENSS) Procedural Handbook. An overview of the FVS-WRENSS post-processor was followed by a demonstration showing the effect of simulated forest management actions on water yield in the western United States. This webinar was presented on April 14, 2015.


The FVS staff partnered with Nicholas Crookston, Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS), to present two webinars to introduce users to Climate-FVS. They occurred February 15, 2011, 9:00-10:30 AM Pacific, and March 10, 2011, 1:30-3:00 PM Pacific. The webinars briefly discussed the FVS model, the scientific underpinnings of Climate-FVS, the appropriate uses of the model, including sources of uncertainties and limitations, and a project level demonstration of Climate-FVS. See more information about Climate-FVS resources, history, and underlying documentation…