“Reconnecting and Moving Forward”  COFE Southeast annual meeting


Auburn University

August 1 – August 4, 2021 (all times are Central)


Sunday, August 1 – Mary Olive Thomas tract

6:00 – 9:00         Ice-breaker social, spouses welcome


Monday, August 2 – Field trip – departure location to be determined

8:00 am                We will visit three operations, likely a Southern thinning operation, a clearcut operation with a processing head, and a mulching operation that produces biomass.  Box lunch will be provided.  Plan is to return by 5 pm.  Hardhats will be provided.  Supper that evening is on your own.


Tuesday, August 3 – School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building on campus

8:00 am              Welcome – Janaki Alavatapati, Dean, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Tom Gallagher, meeting Chair

8:30 am              Keynote Speaker – Richard Lawler, Director, Forestry Production Systems and Strategy, John Deere - Smart technologies and how they can apply to forest harvesting equipment.


9:30 - 10:00        Break


10:00 – 10:20     Dana Mitchell, Project Leader, US Forest Service, Auburn, AL - Opportunities for acoustic technologies in the wood supply; Mitchell D., M. Smidt, M. Musah and B. Via.   

10:20 – 10:40     Mathew Smidt, Research Engineer, US Forest Service, Auburn - Forestry sector employment, wage and safety data from public sources in the USA.

10:40 – 11:00     Beth Dodson, Professor, University of Montana and Charlie Blinn, Professor, University of Minnesota - Persistent changes to forest operations course instruction post-covid.  

11:00 – 11:20     Patrick Hiesl, Asst. Professor, Clemson - Using case studies as a teaching tool to build leadership skills.

11:20 – 11:40     Manisha Parajuli, Graduate student, Clemson, Patrick Hiesl, Assistant Professor, Clemson, Mathew Smidt, Research Engineer, US Forest Service, Auburn, AL, and Dana Mitchell, Project Leader, US Forest Service, Auburn, AL – Decision support tool for biomass harvesting in forest restoration efforts.

11:40 – 12:00     Arjun Rijal, Graduate student, Auburn - Evaluating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for assessing forestry best management practices; Arjun Rijal, Richard Cristan and Tom Gallagher.


12:00 – 1:00       Lunch


1:00 – 1:20         Brent Hawks, Graduate student, Virginia Tech - Forestry best management practice implementation and erosion rates by state and regulatory approach in the Southeastern United States; Hawks, B.S., Bolding, M.C., Aust, W.M., Barrett, S.M., and Fielding, J.A.H.

1:20 – 1:40         Austin Garren, Graduate student, Virginia Tech - Evaluating the productivity and costs of five energywood harvesting operations in the lower mid-Atlantic region of the US; Garren, A.M., M.C. Bolding, W.M. Aust, S.M. Barrett, and T.A. Coates

1:40 – 2:00         Luke Chasuk, Graduate student, Auburn – Evaluating the productivity and costs of three energywood harvesting operations in the southeastern region of the US; Luke Chasuk, Tom Gallagher, Richard Cristan, Dana Mitchell, Jo Daniels.

2:00 – 2:20         Libin T. Louis, Graduate student, UMaine - Biomass harvesting amidst market and policy constraints: perspectives of foresters and loggers in the Northeastern United States; Libin T. Louis, Adam Daigneualt, Anil Raj Kizha

2:20 – 2:40         Xufeng Zhang, Graduate student, West Virginia - Quantifying the life cycle impacts of forest logging residue logistics; Xufeng Zhang, Jingxin Wang and John Vance, Center for Sustainable Biomaterials & Bioenergy, West Virginia University. 

2:40 – 3:00         Wanhe Hu, Graduate student, West Virginia - Characterization of forest logging residues for utilization of bioenergy and bioproducts in the Eastern United States; Wanhe Hu, Jingxin Wang, Xufeng Zhang, William Smith and John Vance, Center for Sustainable Biomaterials & Bioenergy, West Virginia University.


3:00 – 3:20         Break – School Conference Hall


3:20 – 3:40         Joe Conrad, Assistant Professor, Georgia - Stakeholder perceptions of potential weight limit increases in Georgia.

3:40 – 4:00         Joe Conrad, Assistant Professor, Georgia  - Comparison of log truck crash rates, severity, and contributing factors before and after weight limit increases in two southern states.

4:00 – 4:20         Alex Ashish, graduate student, UMaine - Small-scale forest operations: Pre-commercial thinning using semi-mechanized harvesting system; Alex Ashish and Anil Raj Kizha

4:20 – 4:40         Ian Snider, Graduate student, Clemson and Patrick Hiesl, Assistant Professor, Clemson - Draft animal logging in Appalachia: The historical roots of Artisan Forestry. 

4:40 - 5:00          James Walker, graduate student, Auburn – Designing a felling head for a wheeled machine to recover downed timber; James Walker, Tom Gallagher, Tim McDonald and Dana Mitchell.

5:00 – 5:20         Hermudananto Hermudananto, graduate student, Florida - Logging practices in Indonesian natural forests.

5:20 – 8:00         Social and dinner – SFWS building, spouses welcome


Wednesday, August 4 – Field trip - departure location to be determined

8:00 am              The plan right now is still fluid but we expect to visit a sawmill, a chipmill and a pole mill.  Box lunch and hardhats will be provided.  For those that need to leave and catch a plane there will be options to break away and get to the airport.  Supper that evening is on your own.

2021 Annual Meeting Announcement and Call for Abstracts

COFE-FORMEC 2021 Joint Virtual Meeting
Forest Engineering Family – Growing Forward Together
September 27-30, 2021


The 43rd annual meeting of the Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) and the 53rd annual meeting of  the International Symposium on Forest Mechanization (FORMEC) will occur jointly as a virtual meeting in 2021. This event will be the second of the three consecutive annual joint meetings scheduled between COFE and FORMEC.

The 2021 joint meeting follows the historic first and in-person joint meeting held in Hungary/Austria in 2019. This year’s joint meeting will be held virtually, and prior to the third COFE/FORMEC joint meeting to be held in-person in Corvallis, Oregon, September 2022. The IUFRO All-Division 3 and Doctoral Conferences will be held in-person alongside the 2022 joint meeting.

The event theme, ‘Forest Engineering Family – Growing Forward Together’, will guide us in building One Big Family of Forest Engineering across continents and sectors. Together, we will learn from the legacy of previous generations, tackle present forest engineering challenges, map our future, and empower our next generations.

Call for Abstracts
Abstract Deadline: May 1, 2021
The Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) and the International Symposium on Forest Mechanization (FORMEC) invite researchers, students, and professionals to submit abstracts for presentation at
the 2021 Joint Annual Meeting. The meeting will feature a wide range of exciting talks, discussions and virtual networking opportunities with researchers, industry
experts, government agencies and academics in the field of Forest Engineering.

Presentation abstracts on forest operations and engineering from any disciplinary background are welcome. Students, investigators, and professionals from around the world are encouraged to submit abstracts. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and accepted based on content, quality, and available space for oral and poster presentations. Acceptance of individual abstracts will be emailed to the authors no later than June 1, 2021.

Instructions for Abstract Submission
• Enter your presentation title, authors, author affiliations and abstract in the online form (https://cofe-formec2021.org).
• Limit your abstract to a maximum of 400 words.
• Submit the completed abstract form electronically by the deadline, May 1, 2021.

Oral vs. Poster Presentations
You may select your preferred presentation format, oral or poster. The Conference Scientific Committee will do our best to accommodate your preference. Instructions for preparation of pre-recorded oral or e-poster presentations will be sent to individual authors after acceptance of abstracts.

Publication of Abstracts and Full Papers
All accepted abstracts will be published online in the Conference Proceedings. Three publication options will be available for full manuscripts:
• Published in the Conference Proceedings (non-refereed);
• Published as an extended abstract/full manuscript in the Conference Proceedings (non-referred);
• Published in a special issue of the International Journal of Forest Engineering (refereed). Additional information and guidelines for full manuscripts will be provided.

COFE Members Only
If there is enough interest, an optional in-person COFE meeting may be available in Auburn, Alabama in August for COFE members in North America. Should you wish to participate in this optional meeting, you will be asked to select this option during abstract submission. For those who choose the in-person meeting option, their oral presentations will be recorded during the in-person meeting in August and shared at the joint virtual meeting in September.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:
Woodam Chung, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Oregon State University
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Christian Kanzian, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
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COFE-FORMEC 2021 Organizing Committee
• Woodam Chung (Chair), Oregon State University
• Karl Stampfer (Co-Chair), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
• Francisca Belart, Oregon State University
• Christian Kanzian, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
• Jim Kiser, Oregon State University
• Ben Leshchinsky, Oregon State University
• Kevin Lyons, Oregon State University
• Steve Pilkerton, Oregon State University
• Jeff Wimer, Oregon State University
• Michael Wing, Oregon State University

COFE-FORMEC 2021 Scientific Committee
• John Sessions (Chair), Oregon State University
• Raffaele Cavalli, University of Padua
• Han-Sup Han, Northern Arizona University
• Kevin Lyons, Oregon State University
• Dominik Röser, The University of British Columbia
• Karl Stampfer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
• Rien Visser, University of Canterbury

Conference Organizers: Oregon State University | BOKU Universitat fur Bodenkultur Wien
Sponsors:  IUFRO

Rescheduled Annual Meeting 6-9 JUNE 2021 in Corvallis, Oregon.


After a successful 2019 meeting in Hungary and Austria and a year-long postponement due to the COVID-19, the second part of the two year joint annual meeting collaboration between the Council on Forest Engineering and FORMEC will take place 6 - 9 June 2021 in Corvallis, Oregon.  

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Complete information provided on the meeting website: https://cofe-formec2020.org  

Important dates:

  • Call for abstracts: October 15, 2020
  • Abstract submission deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2021
  • Early bird registration deadline: April 30, 2021

Meeting Website

2019 FORMEC/COFE Joint Meeting Summary

Written by Christian Kanzian and Woodam Chung

For the first time in their history, FORMEC and COFE co-organized a joint annual meeting in Hungary/Austria, October 6-9, 2019.  The meeting was also the result of the joint venture between the University of Sopron, Hungary and the University of Life Sciences Vienna, Austria as hosting organizations.  A total of 280 participants from 30 countries attended this year meeting including over 30 participants from North America.  The conference hosted 110 presentations spread over three parallel sessions in two days that provided insight in the latest development in forest engineering research and technology.  A digital poster session allowed 55 posters to be accessible via web and a kiosk screen. Two keynote sessions presented by six speakers (Rasmus Astrup, Clement Atzberger, Chad Bolding, Woodam Chung, Hans Heinimann, and Martin Kühmaier) focused on smart forestry, sustainability and digitalization in forest operations.



52nd International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization (FORMEC) and 42nd Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) Annual Meeting

“Exceeding the Vision: Forest Mechanisation of the Future”  

October 6‐10, 2019  in Sopron | Forchtenstein (Hungary | Austria)

 Abstract Submissions Due: February 10, 2019

SOE and BOKU is proud to host the 52nd International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization (FORMEC) and the 42nd COFE Annual Meeting in Sopron | Forchtenstein (Hungary | Austria)

Presentations in lecture (oral) or poster format are invited that are consistent with the conference theme including forest harvesting systems, wood transportation, forest biomass, forest road network planning and construction, environmental impacts of forest operations, forest work sciences.

The deadline for abstract submission is February 10th 2019 and selection will be made within 15 days of the closing date. A lecture format involves a 20-minute oral presentation including discussion. A poster format involves visual aids for mounting on a poster board. Each contributor, either for a lecture or a poster, must submit a title and an abstract not to exceed 350 words.

All proposals must be submitted via the online form using the following link: http://formec2019.com/call-for-abstracts.htm. Confirmation emails will be sent upon receiving the abstract. 

Registration and hotel accommodation are available from 1st March 2019. For more detailed information and for a preliminary program of the conference please go to the FORMEC website http://www.formec2019.com/.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in Hungary/Austria!