The FPS 10-meter Site Index, SiteGrid and CASH Card Localization: A Workshop on Localizing the FPS Universal Growth Model

Date: April 24, 2018 - April 25, 2018
Location: Best Western Plus University Inn, Moscow, ID

Event Agenda

April 24: 8:00
Indoor Session
• Introduction to 10-meter site index methodology
• Measuring Site trees – traditional to FPS 10-meter method
• Defining 10-meter Site, %Regen and %Shape parameters
• Introducing the Taper / Site Field recording methods and forms
• Individual tree applications with Excel spreadsheet
• Loading FPS TapHead, TapTree, TapForm and SiteTree tables
April 24: 12:00
Lunch (provided)
April 24: 1:00
Field Session (transportation provided)
Stop #1 – Felled-tree Sample
• Large, older stand of Douglas-fir
• Two trees on the ground and class will measure logs
• One tree to drop after field inspection
Stop #2 – Young Planted Stand
• Measurements using the FPS CASH Card
• Determining early growth rates relative to the stand at Stop #1
Stop #3 – Linking Site to Growth: The Nelder Plot Design
• View 39 year-old Nelder Plot Installation growth dynamics
• Evaluate alternative layout designs – 48 spokes and 17 arcs in plot design
Return to Moscow, University Inn around 5pm
April 25: 8:00
Indoor Session (lunch provided)
• Defining and Gathering Primary Factors – Topography, Soils and Climate
• Building and Populating the GIS SiteGrid layer
  o Invoking the SiteGrid Regional Model
• Stratifying the Forest based on Primary Factors
• Bring in and Compile the felled-tree field samples
• Edit and Load SiteGrid with Field Observations
  o Observe differences among species
• Use FPS “Update Physical Site from SiteGrid”
• Review Nonparametric Regression Report
• Extrapolate SiteGrid to FPS Admin Inventory Database
• Annual Maintenance of SiteGrid GIS layer and Linkage to Nelder Installations
April 25: 4:00
Close of Workshop
Member Regular Price: $495
Non-member Early Bird Price: $695

Event Description

The newly released FPS 7.50 Universal Library is highly sensitive to localization of site classification and silviculture on each working forest. This capacity is only invoked if the local forester applies the FBRI Cash Card and 10-meter SiteGrid technologies imbedded in FPS.

This workshop steps through the field and office procedures to localize the FPS Universal Library to your own working forest.

Height growth is perhaps the most widely used basis for indexing site quality. Most commonly, a reference set of site index (height/age) curves is used. As management decisions have increased in complexity, the need for accurate site productivity classification has also increased.

This Workshop provides the methods to index the separate effects of early silviculture and the “natural” site capacity of each stand in your inventory. When combined with soil/site factors in an FPS SiteGrid, this approach provides robust estimates of potential height growth trends from bio/geo/climatic variables.

Event Lodging

Reduced rate lodging is available at the Best Western Plus University Inn, Moscow, ID. Call 208-883-3056 and mention Forest Biometrics Research institute to receive a rate of $109.99 plus tax. All workshop events will be held at the Best Western Plus University Inn.

Registration Information
The workshop registration fee is $495 for FBRI members and $695 for non-members. The fee includes handout materials, refreshments and 2 lunches. You may register by clicking the red “click here to register” button on this page or call Melinda at 503-227-0622.

Workshop Location
The session will be held at the Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow, ID 83843.