2023 Western Region COFE Meeting 12 January

The conference will be offered with both an in-person and streaming option. Please select which option you prefer on the registration form. A recording of the seminar will be available to all registered attendees for the remainder of 2023.
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 cofe.org.

Registration Information

Registration Pricing:

The in-person registration fee is $165 and the streaming only fee is $95. The in-person registration fee include a one year membership in The Council on Forest Engineering. If you have difficulty with the registration webpage or have any questions regarding registration please contact WFCA.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Exhibit space is available for your products and services at $475 which includes one in-person registration. Sponsorships are also available at $275 which include placing your logo on the on-site agenda given to all in-person attendees. Registration for the 2023 WR COFE Seminar is not included with the sponsor option. Use the red “Click here to register” button above for either of these options.

Lodging Information:

The seminar will be held at the Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn at 505 Mullins Dr, Lebanon, OR 97355. A block of reduced rate rooms (single) is available at $119 plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling 541-451-1000 and referencing Council on Forest Engineering. After 12/11/22, rooms will be subject to availability. Please make your lodging reservations early.

Continuing Education Credits:

Attendees will be eligible for the estimated credits listed below:

  • 8 OPL-Reg Credits Oregon Professional Logger Program
  • 9 Washington Master Loggers Program Credits
  • 6.0 Cat 1 Contact Hours SAF Continuing Forestry Ed Credits


Start Date: January 12, 2023
Location: Lebanon, OR

8:00     Introduction to WR.COFE & Seminar

8:15     Grapple Yarding

Grapple carriage productivity studies  Hunter Harrill, Cal Poly Humboldt

Tigercat Guyless 180 swing yarder case study  Tom Ireland, Cascade West Inc.

Live anchor system for skyline systems  Dan Clark, Weyerhaeuser

9:45     Sponsor Update

9:55     Break (Refreshments Provided)

10:25   Sponsor Update

10:35   Economics and Future Outlook

PNW economic outlook  Matt Bliss, Roseburg Resources

Versatility of CTL, operational and landowner perspectives  Chris Melcher, Melcher Logging and Joe Schaefer, Cascade Timber Consulting

Motor carrier regulations in Oregon  Jason Lawrence, Oregon Dept of Transportation

11:50   Sponsor Update

12:00   Lunch

12:30   Announcements: Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship

  • Student scholarship winner introductions
  • Ticket Raffle

1:30     Mechanized fire line construction

Mechanized fire line construction: Getting down in the ashes – Matthew Mattioda, Miller Timber Services

Contracting Fire Equipment: VIPR (Virtual Incident Procurement)  Jason Brandt, USDA Forest Service

2:30     Sponsor Update

2:45     Break (Refreshments Provided)

3:00     Transportation on public roads

Public road posting, permitting, and progress Tiffany Netz, Douglas County

 Motor carrier regulations in Oregon  Ray Bottenberg, Oregon Dept. of Transportation

4:00     Wrap Up and adjourn