2019 COFE Annual Meeting - Save the Date

For the first time ever, the the 42nd annual COFE meeting will be held in EUROPE, together with the 52nd edition of the FORMEC symposium from 6-10 October 2019 in Sopron (Hungary).  The meeting is jointly organized by University of Sopron and BOKU University and will include an optional one day field excursion to AUSTROFOMA in Forchtenstein (Austria) will be organized on 9 October.  Official meeting lanugage is ENGLISH.  The 2020 Meeting will also be a joint COFE/FORMEC meeting, but this time held in Oregon, USA!

Formal Meeting Announcement Download

FORMEC is a very similar organization to COFE, just with a more European centric membership.  More information can be found on their website:   https://www.formec.org/

The field tour will include a visit across the border into Austria for the 2019 AUSTROFORMA machine exhibition.  More information coming soon.  Click Here a video of previous AUSTROFORMA Exhibitsvents 

Call for Abstracts - 2018 COFE Annual Meeting

Williamsburg Inn

41st Annual Council on Forest Engineering Meeting (COFE 2018)  --  July 15-18, 2018  --  Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Registration Link:  https://www.regonline.com/cofe2018

You are invited to submit abstracts for presentations and/or papers at the upcoming 41st Annual Council on Forest Engineering Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia; July 15-18, 2018.  The meeting theme is “Revolutionary Traditions, Innovative Industries.”  Contributions are invited that address forest engineering challenges and innovative solutions globally.  The meeting will be hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.

Three submission tracks are available:

  1. Published abstract with meeting presentation only (no paper required)
  2. Proceedings paper with meeting presentation (not peer reviewed)
  3. Peer reviewed paper with presentation (published in a special issue of the International Journal of Forest Engineering)

The deadline for abstract submission is March 1, 2018.  Abstract submissions will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be confirmed by March 15, 2018.  Submissions addressing the following topics will be given priority; however, other relevant forest engineering topics will be considered: 

2017 COFE Annual Meeting Report

Hosted by:  NER.COFE and Univ. of Maine School of Forest Resources


July 30-August 2, 2017

Summary of Proceedings

The 40th Council on Forest Engineering Annual Meeting was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor, Maine where 39 registered members, students, and guests gathered for some regional industry and resource presentations, research project update sessions, and an educational and entertaining field day.

On Sunday evening, the Executive Committee had a lengthy and productive discussion about locations for the upcoming COFE Annual Meetings.  2018 will be hosted by Virginia Tech and located in Williamsburg, VA.  2019 is being planned to coincide with FORMAC and held in Austria, while 2020 is proposed to host both COFE and FORMAC in Oregon.  The committee also discussed avenues to pursue that could increase our national membership and overall awareness of our organization.

After welcome addresses by our co-chairs, Ray Berthiaume and Anil Kizha, Dr. Steve Shaler gave us the Keynote Address.  Dr. Shaler talked about the programs at the University as well as an overview of the resource in Maine and the research being conducted.  The group then heard presentations about the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit at the University, from Dr. Brian Roth; the Status of the Maine Forest from Dave Struble of the Maine Forest Service; the Status and Health of the Forest Products Industry in Maine from Patrick Strauch of the Maine Forest Products Council; and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine and the Master Logger Program from Ted Wright of the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands.

After lunch, Michael Farrell from The Forest Farmers gave the participants a presentation about Maple Sugaring and the dilemma between managing for sugaring production or timber.  Dr. Han-Sup Han discussed a Forest Management Perspective regarding Biomass Energy.  

A group of presenters from Irving Woodlands shared the ‘sectors and settings’ initiative that has worked very well to drive efficiencies and partnerships between the forest managers, logging/trucking contractors, equipment manufacturers, and equipment dealers to unlock the potential of both humans and machines.  Wendy Farrand told us about her new program ‘Loggers for the Future,’ which is in its early stages but is showing promise to foster the interest of younger potential loggers and foresters.  The sessions wrapped up with a comparison of logging business characteristics across time and between regions, and a discussion about how ‘big data’ can cause ‘big problems’ within some of the sectors of the forest products industry.

The day concluded with dinner and awards banquet in Bangor, where three national awards were presented.  The Student Award winner for 2017 was John Lancaster from Auburn University.  The 2017 National Operator Award was presented to Brian Souers of Treeline, Inc.  The International Forest Engineering Achievement Award recipient for 2017 was Dr. Dale Greene from the University of Georgia.  John, who recently graduated and accepted a new employment opportunity could not be present, however, both Brian and Dale personally received their awards and had the opportunity to speak to the group.  Both recipients were very humbled by being chosen for their honors, and both will undoubtedly carry the COFE initiatives and fundamentals into their future endeavors.

Our field day started with a visit to an active logging operation that is also the site of a research project being conducted by the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit and the School of Forest Resources.  The opportunity for discussion with the land management forester, the logging contractor, and the feller-buncher operator was provided and everyone left with at least a little more knowledge about mechanized harvest operations in northern New England. 

Then, to follow along with the conference theme, Forest Engineering, From Where We’ve Been to Where We’re Going, the group had lunch and toured the logging museum and historic sawmill buildings at Leonard’s Mills and Logging Museum.  One of the highlights here was to see one of the first tracked log haulers ever used in the forest, the Lombard Log Hauler.  From Leonard’s Mills the tour moved to the Advanced Structures and Composites Lab at the University of Maine.  Here the presentations and tour were centered on some of the research projects being conducted and developed at this facility, and where some aspects of the forest products industry are headed.  The field day concluded with a lobster dinner along the shores of the Stillwater River.

The final day of the conference was full of research presentations by students and/or their professors.  Between breakfast and lunch, the attendees were involved in 23 different discussions and presentations with research being conducted across North America.  All of these presentations, as well as the day one presentations, are available for download on the COFE website.

Thank you to the NER.COFE Planning Committee and the national COFE Executive Committee for their time, advice, thoughts, and ideas in planning and implementing the conference.  Also, thank you to our partners:  The Advanced Structures and Composites Center, UMaine; the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, UMaine; Maine Forest and Logging Museum; Maine Forest Products Council; Maine Forest Service; NER.COFE; Professional Logging Contractors of Maine; and the School of Forest Resources, UMaine; and to our sponsors:  John Deere, SAPPI North America, Chadwick Ba-Ross, Inc., Huber Resources Corp., and Seven Islands Land Company, for making this 2017 COFE Annual Meeting a success.

SAVE THE DATE - 2018 COFE Annual Meeting

July 15-18, 2018  -- Williamsburg, Virginia

Revolutionary Traditions, Innovative Industries

Hosted by Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation. Forest Operations and Business Research Cooperative

and Signature Sponsor Enviva Biomass as host of field trip and sponsor of themed tavern dinner  

Conference Website:  http://www.regonline.com/cofe2018


Colonial Williamsburg  www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

Easy access with 3 Major Airports close by:

2017 Maine Meeting Downloads

Plenary Sessions

Tim McDonald Big Data in Forestry Big Problems? Presentation
Brian Roth The Cooperative Forestry Research Unit Presentation
Wendy Farrand Loggers for the Future Presentation
Joe Conrad Review of Logging Business Characteristics: Comparisons across time and Between Regions Presentation


Concurrent Sessions

Neila Cole Analyzing Characteristics of Log Truck Accidents in the United States Presentation  
Jean-Francois Gingras FPInnovations’ Forest-2-User 4.0 Initiative Presentation  
Ryer M. Becker  Use of LiDAR and simulation modeling to characterize alternative steep slope harvest system options in the Inland Northwest  Presentation  
Pat Sirois Maine’s Progress in Logger Training and BMP Administration Presentation  
Robert F. Keefe Real-time location sharing for forest operations: where we’ve been and where we’re going Presentation  
Han Sup Han Productivity and Cost of Cut to Length Thinning in Northern California Redwood Forests Presentation  
Chandler L. Dangle Analysis of Upgraded Forestry BMPs for Stream Crossings in Virginia Presentation  
Ben Matthews Getting the Fish up the Stream in Maine: the TNC’s fish Restoration Program Presentation  
Lloyd C. Irland Value Engineering for Stream Protection and restoration:  Challenges in the Maine woods Presentation  
Keith M. Coulter Got Salmon? Harvesting old growth within a major Alaskan salmon fishery Presentation  
Han Sup Han Impacts on soils and residual trees from cut to length thinning operations in California's Redwood forests. Presentation  
Anil Koirala  Improving Maine’s forest products trucking enterprises: A qualitative study approach Presentation  
Jason D. Thompson Alternative Trailer Configurations for Maximizing Payloads Presentation  
Marissa “Jo” Daniel Utilization of Phone App Technology to Monitor Log Truck Movement Presentation  
Jon Lancaster Whole Tree Transportation System for Timber Processing Depots Presentation  
Michel Soucy  Work productivity of using a clearing saw designed for top spacing in a delayed precommercial thinning context: a case study Presentation Supplemental Info
Preston Green “Steep-Slope Logging Research: Eye Movement Tracking to Grapple Yarding, Collaboration for a Safer Work Environment” Presentation  
John Klepac Evaluation of a Tracked Feller-Buncher Harvesting Plantation Loblolly Pine Presentation  
Rafael Santiago Coppicing Evaluation in the Southeast of the U.S. to Determine Harvesting Methods for Bioenergy Production Presentation  
Eunjai Lee Production of sawdust-type wood chips from stem-wood residues Presentation  
Mathew Smidt Biomass chipping for eastern redcedar control Presentation  
Dana Mitchell Biomass Removal Study on the George Washington National Forest Presentation  
Beth Dodson Forest Bioenergy and Biofuels Integration: Sustainability, Energy Balance and Emissions from Forest Restoration in the Southern Rocky Mountains Presentation  


Download the 2017 Meeting proceedings with full papers of selected presentations