The Florida Division SAF, UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Association of Consulting Foresters and Southern Regional Council on Forest Engineering are hosting a one and one half day conference that will be of interest to COFE members in the Southern US.
The theme of the 43rd Annual Spring Symposium is "Innovations in Timber Harvesting and Utilization"
The dates are May 13-14, 2015 at the Austin Cary Forest Learning Center in Gainesville, Florida.
For full details and registration please visit Symposium Registration and DetailsRead more: Southern Region COFE Co-sponsors Spring Symposium in Gainesville, FL
COFE Annual Meeting Registration NOW OPEN! Early Registration Before June 1st!
Register today at http://cofe.ca.uky.edu/
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”. This meeting will have technical presentations addressing the following topics:
- 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
Details have been released for the 2015 WR.COFE meeting! The seminar will be January 15, 2015 at the Valley River Inn, in Eugene, Oregon.
DATE: January 15, 2015
LOCATION: Valley River Inn, Eugene, Oregon
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. For more information, see the COFE website at: www.cofe.org
THEME: IMPROVING FOREST HARVESTING OPERATIONS
(8 Hours AOL Professional Logger Credits) (5.0 Cat 1 Contact Hours SAF Continuing Forestry Ed Credits)
0700 – 0815 REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (Provided)
0815 – 0830 Introduction to WR.COFE & Seminar; Jeff Wimer, Chair, WR.COFE & OSU FERM Department
SESSION 1: Harvesting Operations and Safety
0830-0900 WA Loggers Safety Initiative Program; Travis Naillon Washington Labor and Industries
0900 - 0935 Multi-stump Anchoring Systems; Brian Tuor
0935 - 1010 Large-scale Restoration of Dry Forests in Oregon and Washington: Changing the Game; Bill Aney, USFS
1010 – 1020 Break - Pape’ Machinery update
1020 – 1050 BREAK (Refreshments Provided)
SESSION 2: Forest Roads
1050 – 1120 The use of rotary asphalt broom on aggregate roads – an alternative to grading (sometimes); Kevin Boston, OSU FERM Department.
1120 – 1150 The use of Geogrids in Forestry Haul Roads and Log Yards; Michael Frey, Alliancegeo
1150 – 1200 Updates & Break Sponsorship -- TBD
1200 – 1245 LUNCH (Provided)
1245 – 1320 ANNOUNCEMENTS, Ticket Raffle, OSU Student Scholarship Awards, Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship – Loren Kellogg
SESSION 3: Technological Innovation In Forestry
1320 – 1350 Planning Logging Operations Using Lidar and DEM Data; Craig Spiers, Softree
1350 – 1420 Traverse PC and the P.L.S.S.; John Balcom, Traverse PC
1420 – 1430 Updates & Break Sponsorship -- TBD
1430 – 1500 BREAK (Refreshments Provided)
1500 – 1530 Using Improved GNSS Receivers in Forestry; Jim Lahm, Elecdata
1530 – 1600 Skyline Payload and Tension Analysis with SkylineXL; Steven Rheinberger, USFS retired
1600 – 1630 Lasers and telematics; Eric Arritola - SITECH
1630 – 1645 Wrap-Up and Evaluation --- Jeff Wimer
Registration and Fees
Registration is now handled through: Western Forestry and Conservation
The fee for this conference is: COFE members: $110 and Non-members: $125 (Includes one year membership)
If you have difficulty with the registration webpage or any questions regarding registration please contact:
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".
The Western Regional Council on Forest Engineering held a one-day seminar on the theme, “Improving Forest Harvesting Operations,” in Eugene, Oregon, on January 16, 2014. The seminar was attended by 250 people. Chet Miller and Erik Neilson, who attend Oregon State University, were each awarded a $1,000 Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship.
The Council on Forest Engineering
The Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) is an international professional organization interested in matters relating to the field of forest engineering.
The main objectives of COFE are to foster the development of forest engineering in industry, government, and in university teaching, research, and extension programs to promote the best methods of managing and operating forests; to serve the forestry profession on matters of policy in the area of forest engineering; and to disseminate technical information on forest engineering subjects.
COFE encourages the exchange of information and technologies relating to forest engineering through an annual meeting and publication of a proceedings as well as through regional activities.
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