This year’s COFE Annual Meeting is being hosted by the University of Maine, School of Forest Resources, and the New England Region Council on Forest Engineering. The theme of this 40th COFE Annual Meeting is “Forest Engineering, From Where We’ve Been, to Where We’re Going.” Please see the ‘Call for Abstracts’ page for information about the technical presentation topics. See the ‘Registration Page’ to register for the conference, and the ‘Hilton Garden Inn Bangor’ link for hotel information and to reserve your stay.
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This year’s COFE annual meeting is sponsored in part with generous donations from:
For additional information please contact: Raymond C. Berthiaume, COFE Co-Chair
Harvest Planning & Operations Manager
COFE 2017 “Forest Engineering, from Where We’ve Been, to Where We’re Going”
July 30 – August 2, 2017
Sunday 7/30 Travel Day
5:00pm-6:30pm Executive Committee Meeting
6:30pm-8:00pm Evening Social/Reception at the hotel
Dinner on your own
8:30am-8:45am Welcome – Ray Berthiaume COFE 2017 Co-Chair
8:45-9:00 Welcome – Anil Khiza COFE 2017 Co-Chair
9:00-9:30 Keynote Address – Steve Shaler, Director SFR Univ. of Maine
9:30-10:00 Cooperative Forest Research Unit – Brian Roth, Director
10:30am-11:00 Status of the Maine Forest – Dave Struble, MFS
11:00-11:30 Status of the Forest Products Industry – Patrick Strauch, MFPC
11:30-12:00 Professional Logging Force-Master Logger – Dana Doran, PLC
1:00-1:30 Maple Sugaring, Income Augmentation for Timberland Owners
1:30-2:00 Biomass Energy ; A Forest Mgt. Perspective – Han-Sup Han
2:30pm-3:00pm “Sectors and Settings” Initiative – Ketterling (Panel) How a forest company is working in partnership with its contractors, machine manufacturer, equipment dealer, to unlock the potential of human and machine.
3:00-3:30 Loggers for the Future – Farrand
3:30-3:50 Big Data in Forestry: Big Problems? – Tim McDonald
3:50-4:10 Review of Logging Business Characteristics: Comparisons Across Time and Between Regions – Joseph Conrad
6:00-8:00 Dinner – Bus leaves hotel @5:30pm Travel to The Sea Dog Restaurant in Bangor for dinner and awards presentation. If time permits and can be arranged, perhaps an historic tour of Bangor prior to dinner.
8:00am Bus leaves for travel to active Logging Operation, Location TBD Tour the operation, interview the contractor/operators
Travel to Leonard’s Mills
12:00pm Bean hole bean Lunch; tour of the facility with discussions and presentations about the different mills and equipment
Travel to U of Maine
3:00 pm Tour the Advanced Structures and Composites Lab
Travel to Steam Plant Lot along the Stillwater River
5:30pm Van for companions departs the hotel for dinner
6:00pm-8:00pm Dinner along the river: Lobster feed
8:30pm Arrive back at the hotel.
7:45am-8:30am COFE Business Meeting & Announcements; 2018 & 2019 COFE
8:30am-10:30am Concurrent Sessions A & B
10:45am-12:45pm Concurrent Sessions C & D
1:35pm Wrap Up and Adjourn
Dinner on your own
There will be water, ice tea, juice, and snacks available during the field day while traveling between locations. There will also be transportation provided from the hotel to the site of the lobster dinner for those companions not attending the field day.
Thank you all for your time, cooperation, and dedication to our organization. I look forward to seeing you and talking with you soon.