2021 Virtual Western Region COFE Seminar – Improving Forest Harvesting Operations

Start Date: January 14, 2021
Location: Virtual

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8:15 Introduction and AnnouncementsJeff Wimer, Chair, WR.COFE & OSU FERM Department

8:30  Timber Faller, Rigging Crew and Operator Safety and Health with Tethered Logging Systems and OROSHA Variance DataJohn Garland, PE. Consulting Forest Engineer, Professor Emeritus, FERM, Oregon State University, Affiliate Professor, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, University of Washington (abstract)

9:15  Slope stability and Forest Practices in Washington: regulations, guidance, FPAs, and roles of the geologist and forest engineer  – Ted Turner, Weyerhaeuser (abstract)

10:00  Energy Absorbing Cab GuardsKevin Lyons, Oregon State University

10:45 Timber Cruising with Body Mounted CamerasLucas Wells, Holtz Forestry

11:30 Break

Tethered Logging Update

Start Time Roads Breakout Logging Breakout
12:30 Idaho Steep Slope Harvesting: Tracks, Tires, and TetheringAustin Finster,  Oregon State University Tethered Assist Logging: A Systems ApproachBruce Skurdahl, Summit Equipment
1:15 Surfacing Forest Roads When Aggregate is ExpensiveKevin Lyons, Oregon State University Deadman Anchoring Design for Cable Logging: A New ApproachFrancisca Belart, Oregon State University (abstract)
2:00 Towed GraderTucker Stanley, Tuckers Road Surface Survey of Harvesting Systems in New ZealandHunter Harrill, Humboldt State University (abstract)
2:45 Break Break
3:00 Are battery Electric Log Trucks the Future in Mountainous Terrains in the Pacific Northwest?John Sessions, Oregon State University Wire Rope Research and RemindersBrian Tuor, Cable Logging Specialist
3:45 Software Tools for the Modern Forest Engineer – Matthew Dickie, Softree Technical Systems DC Equipment and Falcon Forestry Equipment: Our Mechanization Journey – Dale Ewers, DC Equipment (abstract)
4:30 Adjourn
About the Conference
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.