2018 Annual Meeting Summary

The Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation hosted the 41 Annual Council on Forest Engineering Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia at the Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg July 15-18, 2018.  The meeting was co-chaired by Drs. Chad Bolding and Scott Barrett with the theme Revolutionary Traditions, Innovative Industries.  Meeting attendance was approximately 70 from 7 countries (Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, and U.S.) and 21 U.S. states.  The meeting began with a Sunday night icebreaker reception followed by Monday general sessions, a Tuesday field trip, and Wednesday concurrent technical sessions. 

General session topics included: 1) Innovations in Machine Design, Efficiency, and Safety, and 2) Global Forest Engineering Innovations.  Invited industrial speakers included: Chris Harwood, John Deere; Mike Duncan, Caterpillar; and Steve Jones, Peterson Pacific.  Invited global innovations speakers included: Dr. Kris Brown, New Zealand; Dr. Luc Lebel, Canada; Dr. Lars Eliasson, Sweden; Dr. Raffaele Spinelli, Italy; and Mr. Angelo Moura, Brazil.  Sixteen students were also in attendance representing Laval University – Canada, Auburn University, Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, Northern Arizona University, University of Montana, West Virginia University, and the University of Stellenbosch – South Africa.  Concurrent technical session topics included: The Role of Forest Operations, Supply Chain Efficiency, Operational Efficiency, Forest Roads and Site Impacts, The Logging Workforce, Biomass, Harvesting Productivity and Costs, andTrucking and Transportation.  Of the 53 presentations, 16 papers will be peer-reviewed and edited into a special issue of the International Journal of Forest Engineering entitled: “Forest Engineering Innovations and Advancements” that will be published in 2019.         

Meeting attendees not only got up to date information on forest engineering research and innovations globally but also enjoyed a Colonial themed dinner at King’s Arms Tavern on Monday evening.  A full day field trip on Tuesday included stops at the Enviva Biomass Northampton pellet mill in Garysburg, NC, a BBQ lunch and awards ceremony at the Franklin Business Center in Franklin, VA, and visits to both Southeast Fiber Supply and Jerry D. Rose Logging to observe high production in-woods chipping of both hardwood and softwood species.

COFE presented the 2018 Student Communication Award to Patrick Grove for his paper entitled: “Timber Theft: Financial Impacts and Prevention in the U.S. South”.  The Operator Award was presented to Davis Rose of Southeast Fiber Supply who is a core supplier of microchips to the local Enviva Biomass pellet facilities.

Special thanks are extended to our sponsors: Enviva Biomass, Fibria Cellulose, Huber Engineered Woods, Council on Forest Engineering, John Deere, Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and IUFRO for their support of the meeting. 



2017 Annual Meeting Save the Date

The 2017 COFE Annual Meeting will be held July 30 – August 2, 2017 in Bangor, Maine, with an optional tour of the Bar Harbor area on August 3, 2017.  The meeting will be hosted by Wagner Forest Management and lead by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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2016 Annual Meeting

The 2016 COFE Annual meeting will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA on September 19 - 21,  2016.  The meeting will coordinate with the Canadian Woodlands Forum, The faculty of Forestry at UBC, and the DEMO International Conference.   This combination of meetings and in woods equipment demo should be a forest engineering highlight of the year  -  mark your calendars now and stay tuned for additional information! 

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2015 Annual Meeting in Lexington Kentucky

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
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