2015 Annual Meeting in Lexington Kentucky

For the first time, the 2015 COFE annual meeting will be hosted by the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky. It will be held July 19 – 22, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky.  The theme of the meeting is “Engineering Solutions for Non-Industrial Private Forest Operations”.  Technical presentations addressing the following topics are sought.  Presentations related to other applied forest engineering and operations topics might also be accepted.   Abstracts are due February 13, 2015.  Please see the full "Call for Abstracts" for additional details.

  • Forest operations as a mean to restore and improve forest health
  • Biomass utilization for energy production
  • Best management practices to reduce site disturbances and maintain stream water quality
  • Transition to mechanized operations in hardwood forests
  • Small-scale forest operations for non-industrial private landowners

For more information about the 2015 COFE meeting, please visit the conference website or contact Conference Chairman:

Dr. Marco Contreras
Assistant Professor of Forest Management
Department of Forestry
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
University of  Kentucky
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Free access to International Journal of Forest Engineering to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Journal of Forest Engineering, Editor-in-Chief Ola Lindroos, has notified COFE that access to the journal is now FREE until the end of October.  

Claim your free access at http://explore.tandfonline.com/content/est/tife

There you’ll also find a jubilee text on the legacy and the future of the journal, which should be of interest for most forest engineering scholars.

 

 

Western Region COFE Seminar on 1/16/2014

The WR.COFE group will be meeting January 16, 2014 at the Valley River Inn in Eugene, Oregon.  The one day seminar theme has been set as "Improving Forest Harvesting Operations"

 

WR.COFE is a regional chapter (western United States and British Columbia) of the COUNCIL ON FOREST ENGINEERING (COFE).  COFE is an international professional organization formed to foster the development of forest engineering in industry, government, and education in order to promote the best methods of managing and operating forests, both private and public.  COFE serves the forestry profession by disseminating technical information about forest engineering.

The International Journal of Forest Engineering

The International Journal of Forest Engineering (IJFE) is dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly writings in all aspects of forest operations, both empirical and theoretical. Most published articles are original research, but review articles are also welcome. 
An important role of the IJFE is to report on existing practices and innovations in forest operations by scientists and professionals from around the world to promote environmentally sound forestry practices and contribute to sustainable forest management. 
The scope applies to all kinds of forest management (e.g. short and long rotation; uneven-aged and even-aged) and all uses of the forest biomass (e.g. lumber, pulp and paper, energy and other uses). The journal will include articles related to production and supply of forest biomass to industry or other users, but excludes typically the industrial manufacturing processes (e.g. sawmilling and combustion). 
Examples of topics typically covered by the IJFE are: 

  • tree harvesting, processing and transportation
  • stand establishment, protection and tending
  • operations planning, management and control
  • machine design, management and evaluation
  • forest access planning and construction
  • human factors engineering
  • education and training

Due to the booming interest in using forest biomass for energy purposes, the IJFE especially welcomes papers addressing such issues.

Read more: The International Journal of Forest Engineering

2015 COFE Annual Meeting - Save the Date

The 2015 COFE Annual Meeting will be held in Lexington, Kentucky July 19-22, 2015.  We will be hosted by Marco Contreras and the University of Kentucky.  The theme of the meeting will be "Engineering solutions for non-industrial private forest operations."

Mark your calendars now and look for more information in the coming months on this excellent opportunity to visit the "Bluegrass State".

 

October 2012 Newsletter

New Bern, NC

Last Updated 30 May, 2013

2012 ANNUAL COFE MEETING

The 35th Annual Meeting was held September 9-12, 2012 at the New Bern River Front Hilton, New Bern, North Carolina.  Host was North Carolina State University.  The theme was: “Engineering New Solutions for Energy Supply and Demand.”  See

 

2012 Awards
The International Forest Engineering Achievement Award winner was Bryce Stokes. The Student Communication Award, which includes two free years of membership, $300 toward travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting, and a waiver of registration fee, was given to Storm Beck (Oregon State University).

Read more: October 2012 Newsletter

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