COUNCIL ON FOREST ENGINEERING
International COFE Meeting?
The topic of having an international COFE Meeting was discussed. Suggestions were: 1) more COFE members attending international meetings would be beneficial in that it would have a positive impact and possibly enhance COFE’s international membership, 2) it would be beneficial to attend FORMEC, an organization that meets in Europe and is similar to COFE and focuses on forestry mechanization, 3) COFE should still hold annual meetings in North America and perhaps be active in promoting an international conference every four years, 4) combining a COFE meeting with an FEC meeting after 2014. No conclusion was reached concerning this topic.
Financial and activity reports were given for WR.COFE (Jeff Wimer), NER.COFE (Jeff Benjamin), and SR.COFE (Tom Gallagher).
Future Annual Meetings Scheduled
Location: Missoula, Montana
Host: University of Montana
Location: Illinois (or Maine)
Hosts: John Deere & University of Minnesota
Location: Maine or Kentucky
The International Forest Engineering Achievement Award winner was Bryce Stokes. The Student Communication Award, which includes two free years of membership, $300 toward travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting, and a waiver of registration fee, was given to Storm Beck (Oregon State University).
(See Page 3 of this Newsletter for complete awardee vitae.)
Jeff Benjamin will replace Dale Greene as Chair of the Awards Committee.
Business & Executive Meeting Highlights June 2012
N E W S L E T T E R - P A G E 2
Nominations for 2013 Achievement, Operator, and Student Awards
Papers submitted for the Student Communication Award need to be received before April 15, 2013. Nominations for the International Forest Engineering Achievement Award and the Operator Award need to be received before April 15, 2013. Send nominations and student papers to Jeff Benjamin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
COFE Committee Members
Jeff Benjamin (Chair), Woodam Chung, Loren Kellogg, Robert Rummer, Bryce Stokes, and Billy Watson.
Mathew Smidt (Chair), Elizabeth Dodson, John Garland, and Jingxin Wang.
Joe McNeel and Mike Duncan.
Dale Greene (Chair), Awatif Hassan, Joe McNeel, and Tom Reisinger.
Proceedings Internet Distribution Committee
Rien Visser (Chair), Shawn Baker, Chad Bolding, and Daniel Guimier.