2019 Western Region COFE Seminar – Improving Forest Harvesting Operations

Start Date: January 17, 2019
Location: Valley River Inn, Eugene, OR



8:15   Introduction to WR.COFE & SeminarJeff Wimer, Chair, WR.COFE & Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Dept., College of Forestry, Oregon State University

SESSION 1: Logging – Steep Slope

8:30   Tethered Cut-to-length in Western Oregon: A Multi-objective Case StudyPreston Green, Graduate Student, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Dept., College of Forestry, Oregon State University

9:00   Tethered logging in Southwest Oregon: A Research PerspectiveWoody Chung, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Dept., College of Forestry, Oregon State University

9:30   Tethered Logging in Southwest Oregon: A Landowner PerspectiveBrennan Garrelts, Lone Rock

10:00   Peterson Cat update

10:10   BREAK (Refreshments Provided)

10:40   Pape’ Machinery Update

10:50   Grapple Yarding Through the YearsAustin Weber, Weber Logging and Construction Inc.

SESSION 2: Workforce Issues

11:20 Planning the 2020 Workforce: Growing Our Forest Contract CapacityRex Storm, Associated Oregon Loggers

11:50   Triad Machinery Update

12:00   LUNCH (Provided)

12:40   ANNOUNCEMENTS: Ticket Raffle, OSU Student Scholarship Awards – Jerry Sedlak Memorial Scholarship

13:10   Blount International Update

SESSION 3: New Technology

13:20   What Kind of Investment is Needed to Produce More Fire-Resistant Forests and Potentially, Reduced Wildfire Suppression Expenditure?Jeremy Fried, USDA Forest Service

13:50   Modern Machinery Update

14:00   BREAK (Refreshments Provided)

14:20   Fire Fighting on Federal LandMike Robinson, Coos Forest Protective Association

SESSION 4: Technological Innovation in Forestry

14:50   Computer Vision for Real-Time Tree Detection and MeasurementWoody Chung

SESSION 5: Roads

15:20   Rock EconomicsScott Hoffine, Roseburg

15:50   Road Construction in Forest Activities: The Safety Issues Related to Road ConstructionLarry Fipps, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration

16:20   Wrap-Up and EvaluationJeff Wimer

About this Event
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

Registration Information
Registration Pricing:

The fee is $135 and includes continental breakfast, 2 breaks, lunch and a one-year membership in The Council on Forest Engineering. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. No refunds for cancellations after Jan. 10, but substitutions are always welcome. To make a cancellation or substitution, please contact Melinda at 503-226-4562 or use the contact form below.

Lodging Information:

The seminar will be held at the Valley River Inn at 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR. A block of reduced rate rooms is available at $139 plus tax, single or double, or River View at $159 plus tax, single or double. Reservations can be made by calling 541-743-1000 and mentioning Council on Forest Engineering. After 12/21/18, rooms will be subject to availability. Please make your lodging reservations early. The hotel is expected to sell out over the conference dates.

Continuing Education Credits:
Oregon Professional Logger credits, Washington Master Logger credits and Society of American Forester credits will be available at the meeting.

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