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).

COFE Committee Members

 

Awards Committee

Jeff Benjamin (Chair), Woodam Chung, Loren Kellogg, Robert Rummer, Bryce Stokes, and Billy Watson.

Membership Committee

Mathew Smidt (Chair), Elizabeth Dodson, John Garland, and Jingxin Wang.

Scholarship Committee

Joe McNeel and Mike Duncan.

Website Committee

Dale Greene (Chair), Awatif Hassan, Joe McNeel, and Tom Reisinger.

Proceedings Internet Distribution Committee

Rien Visser (Chair), Shawn Baker, Chad Bolding, and Daniel Guimier.

 

NER.COFE

The New England Regional Council on Forest Engineering Annual Workshop was held at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine on March 11-12, 2013. Attendance was 274. Topics were “Legal Issues in Forestry” and “Foresters—Knowing Your Costs.” More information about NER.COFE is available at www.forest.umaine.edu/nercofe
 
WR.COFE
The Western Regional Council on Forest Engineering held a one-day seminar on the theme, “Improving Forest Harvesting Operations” in Eugene, Oregon, on January 10, 2013. The seminar was attended by 195 people. Andrew Bartoldus and Joel Zeni, who attend Oregon State University, were each given a $1,000 Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship.
 
SR.COFE
The Southern Regional Council on Forest Engineering held their yearly meeting on March 6, 2013 at Orange Beach, Alabama. Attendance at the one-day meeting was 50 people. Several presentations were made on biomass harvesting and related forest operations research in conjunction with the FRA Outdoor Logging Demo.  Their next meeting will be take place in 2013.
 
Discussion about an International COFE Meeting?

The topic of having an international COFE Meeting was discussed. Suggestions were: 1) more COFE members attending international meetings would be beneficial in that it would have a positive impact and possibly enhance COFE’s international membership, 2) it would be beneficial to attend FORMEC, an organization that meets in Europe and is similar to COFE and focuses on forestry mechanization, 3) COFE should still hold annual meetings in North America and perhaps be active in promoting an international conference every four years, 4) combining a COFE meeting with an FEC meeting after 2014. No conclusion was reached concerning this topic.

 

In Memoriam

  • Pierre Abeels 1930-2009, Université Catholique de Louvain, COFE Achievement Award 1999
  • Ronald Baughman 1945-2009, SW Environmental Consultants, COFE 1992 Chairman
  • Benjamin (Mac) Davis 1921-2013,  International Paper &Jari Project, COFE Achievement Award 1998
  • Harry William Lee 1938-2009,  University of Idaho
  • Alf Leslie 1921-2009,  University of Melbourne Creswick, COFE Achievement Award 2007
  • Hugh Dennis Violette 1983–2011, Orion Timberlands, NER.COFE Chairperson 2011-2012
  • G. Vern Wellburn, FERIC & UBC, COFE Achievement Award 2003

 

New Memberships

Between 7/1/12 and 6/30/13, 25newmembers joined COFE.  Those memberships included: 2 WR.COFE Sedlak Scholarship Award winners (paid by COFE), and the COFE Annual Meeting Student Award recipient (2 years paid by COFE), and 22 other people.

 

Proceedings 1979 — 2009

Individual copies of papers from proceedings of past meetings can be ordered from our website. If members do not have access to the Internet, the COFE office would be happy to mail out copies.

 

2013 ANNUAL COFE MEETING

The 36th COFE Annual Meeting will be held July 7-10, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, Missoula, Montana.  Host will be the University of Montana.  Theme for the meeting is, "Forest Operations for a Changing Landscape." 

The meeting website can be found at:http://www.umt.edu/ce/cps/fo

 

 

Nominations for 2013 Achievement, Operator, and Student Awards
Papers submitted for the Student Communication Award need to be received before April 15, 2013. Nominations for the International Forest Engineering Achievement Award and the Operator Award need to be received before April 15, 2013. Send nominations and student papers to Jeff Benjamin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

CALENDAR

2013

OCTOBER 9

ForestTECH 2013

PORTLAND, OREGON

www.westernforestry.org

 

OCTOBER 23-27

SAF NATIONAL CONVENTION

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

www.safnet.org

 

NOVEMBER 4-6

PACIFIC LOGGING CONGRESS

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

http://pacificloggingcongress.org/content/convention

 

2014

FEBRUARY 20-22

76TH OREGON LOGGING CONFERENCE

EUGENE, OREGON

www.oregonloggingconference.com

 

JUNE 22-25

37TH ANNUAL COFE MEETING

Moline, Illinois

 

SEPTEMBER 23-26

5th forest engineering conference

& 47th international symposium on forestry mechanisation

Gerardmer, France

 

OCTOBER 5-11

SAF NATIONAL CONVENTION & IURFRO WORLD CONGRESS

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

www.safnet.org