Upcoming Workshop

2023 Introduction to FPS Workshop

April 11-12, 2023 Portland, OR

The Forest Biometric Research Institute will hold an in-person 2-day introduction to FPS workshop on April 11-12, 2023 at the Double Tree Hotel in Portland, OR. This session will provide hands-on instruction on the fundamentals of using FPS.  This session is designed for FPS users who are new to the software and just getting started on the various FPS functions.

The instructors are: Dan Opalach, FBRI President and Senior Forest Biometrician and Brock Purvis, FBRI technical support. The registration fee is $645 for FBRI members and $850 for non-members. The DoubleTree is located at 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232 (503) 281-6111.

Click here to visit the event page and/or to register.

Most recent FPS User Group Meeting (BUGS)

Virtual – March 28, 2023 – 10-11 Pacific
Topic: Release of FPS 7.60

FBRI invited all FPS users to join the next Brock’s User Group “BUGS” meeting, hosted by Brock Purvis (FPS Technical Support),

on March 28, 2023, from 10:00 – 11:00am PST.

This session focused on the release of FPS version 7.60. Discussion focused on the updates within version 7.60, the rationale behind them, and how to best implement version 7.60 within your organization.

Brock’s User Group or “BUGS” is intended to provide a platform in which the FPS community can share and obtain information regarding the implementation, limitations, successes, and questions surrounding the day-to-day use of FPS.

Click the following link to view the PDF of the slides from the March 28th meeting. FPS 7.60 A Stable and Reliable Version (PDF)

If you have any questions about BUGS, please contact Brock Purvis at 406-541-0054 or use the contact form and select technical support.

New FPS Training Videos

Site Visits

FBRI is once again offering onsite visits to FBRI member offices.  Dan Opalach, President/Biometrician, and Brock Purvis, FPS Technical Support, will come to your office for in-depth consultations on any aspect of FPS and its use.  FBRI members are only required to cover their travel expenses.  Site visits are 1 to 2 days in length, depending on need, and are open to anyone employed by the member company.  The agenda for a site visit is completely at the discretion of the member company and may cover any topic related to FPS including forest inventory, site productivity estimation, growth & yield, silvicultural planning, and harvest scheduling.

If you are interested in scheduling a site visit, send your request to Richard Zabel along with the location, length of visit, and a preferred two week window for scheduling purposes.  Site visits are only open to FBRI members in good standing and endowment organizations.

Video: Jim Arney’s Legacy 

Jim Arney was the President of the Institute and the sole developer and guiding visionary for the Forest Projection System or FPS software.  He dedicated 30 years of his career to writing a growth and yield model to help foresters make decisions about their forest resources. For Jim FPS was the culmination of a lifetime of work, a lifetime of professional commitment, and a lifetime of friendships. Jim passed away in June 2021 and all of us at FBRI miss him tremendously.  He was our leader, our mentor, and most importantly, our friend.  This video is a dedication to a pillar within the forestry community.

Click here to view the Jim Arney Legacy Video (on Vimeo).