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Title: User's guide to SILVAH

Author: Knopp, Peter D.; Stout, Susan L.;

Date: 2014

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-128. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 122 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: This user's guide for the SILVAH computer program, version 6.2, supersedes the 1992 user's guide (Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-162). Designed for stand-alone Windows-based personal computers, SILVAH recommends a silvicultural prescription for a forest stand based on a summary and analysis of field inventory data. The program also includes a simulator that can be used to project stand growth and development, estimating yields from either prescribed or user-defined treatments. The software is distributed with an online help system and this printed user's manual. The computer program described in this publication is available on the Internet at

Keywords: silvicultural prescriptions, management guides, regeneration, Allegheny hardwoods, northern hardwoods, mixed oak forest type, decision support system, software

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Knopp, Peter D.; Stout, Susan L. 2014. User's guide to SILVAH. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-128. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 122 p.


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