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					                            “Fueling the Future”
                                COFE annual meeting
                                 Auburn University
                                June 6 – June 9, 2010

Sunday, June 6 – Auburn University Conference Center

3:00 pm         Registration opens

6:00 – 8:00     Ice-breaker social, Conference Center Ballroom B
                (sponsored by Caterpillar)

Monday, June 7 – Auburn University Conference Center – Auditorium

7:00 am         Registration opens

8:00 am         Welcome – Dr. Jay Gogue, President, Auburn University
                Dr. Dick Brinker, Dean, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
                Tom Gallagher, Annual meeting Chair

9:00 am         Keynote Speaker – Tom Kelly, retired logging engineer, Scott Paper,
                Mobile, AL - Logging practices from South Alabama – could they still

10:00 - 10:30   Break (sponsored by MeadWestvaco)

10:30 – 11:00   Bruce Narveson, Industry Manager, Forestry Division, Caterpillar
                Equipment Company, Lagrange, GA – CAT in the marketplace and new
                innovations for biomass.

11:00 – 11:30   Sam Houston, Manager of Supply Chain Services, Forest2Market -
                Biomass supply and demand.

11:30 – 12:00   Bryce Stokes, Senior Advisor, Navarro Research & Engineering Inc.
                – Role of Wood for Energy.

12:00 – 1:30    Awards Luncheon (sponsored by John Deere) Ballroom B

1:30 – 2:00     Doug Domenech, Secretary of Natural Resources, Virginia
                Commonwealth – How will the alternative energy market affect a
                southern state.

2:00 – 2:30     Tim West, Product Application Consultant, John Deere - What John
                Deere brings to the table.
2:30 – 3:00     Steve Taylor, Director, Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, Auburn
                University – Biomass to Liquid Fuel Conversion Technology

3:00 – 3:30     Break (sponsored by Caterpillar)

3:30 – 4:00     Bill Waller, Procurement Manager, Green Circle Bio Energy – From
                Wood to Energy.

4:00 – 4:30     How will the logger function in a biomass market? – Joseph Parnell,
                Parnell Logging, Maplesville, AL

4:30 – 5:00      John Garland – Professor Emeritus, Forest Engineering, Resources and
                Management, Oregon State University – Ideas fuel the future: the
                changing role of forest engineers and foresters.

6:00 – 7:30     Ice-breaker social, Conference Center Ballroom A

Monday Spouse/Guest Tour

10:00 am       leave from Hotel for walking tour of campus

Noon           back for awards luncheon

1:30           bus to June Collins Smith art museum

3:30           return

Tuesday, June 8 – Field trip

7:45 – 8:00    Leave from the front of the Conference Center at 7:45 am for several
               stops, followed by a social and evening meal at the Mary Olive Thomas
               tract south of Auburn (spouse transportation at 5:00 from Conference

       Biofuels Center
       RMS roads and operations
       AL Power Dare Park on lake – lunch and hear from AL Power
       Logger visit
Wednesday, June 9 – School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building
             Concurrent Sessions

7:30 am         Registration opens – School Conference Hall

Session A- Room 1221 – BMP’s/Roads – moderator - John Fulton, Assoc. Professor,
               Biosystems Engineering, Auburn

8:00 – 8:20     Modeling Streamflow Responses to Road Density in the Coweeta
                Watershed, North Carolina - Salli Dymond, W. Michael Aust, Steve
                Prisley, Virginia Tech, Mark Eisenbies, Mississippi State, James Vose,
                and Andrew Dolloff, USDA Forest Service.

8:20 – 8:40     Designing for effective evaluations of soil erosion and storm runoff - J.
                McFero Grace III, Mark Dougherty, Emily Carter, and Ali Baharanyi,
                USDA Forest Service and Auburn University.

8:40 – 9:00     Development of a Correlation Equation between Clegg Impact Values
                and California Bearing Ratio for In-Field Strength - Simon Fairbrother,
                Robert McGregor and Ivan Aleksandrov, University of Canterbury.

9:00 – 9:20     Methods, BMP's, and costs of skidder and truck stream crossings in
                Virginia - Scott E. McKee, Luke Shenk, M. Chad Bolding, W. Mike
                Aust, Virginia Tech.

9:20 – 9:40     Estimating construction and maintenance costs of various standard forest
                roads and bridges - Miles C. Groover, M. Chad Bolding, and W. Mike
                Aust, Virginia Tech.

Session B- Room 1223 – Markets and Procurement - moderator – Tim McDonald, Assoc.
               Professor, Biosystems Engineering, Auburn

8:00 – 8:20     Changes in Wood Procurement Strategies in Virginia: Coping with
                Market Volatility - William S. Ford and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia

8:20 – 8:40     Hardwood Supply Logistics for Ethanol Production - Dr. Dalia Abbas,
                Dr. Ajit Srivastava, and Dr. Chris Saffron, Michigan State University.

8:40 – 9:00     Consequences of Mill Closures, Parcelization, and Wood-to-Energy
                Expansion for the U.S. South’s Wood Supply Chain - Joseph L. Conrad
                IV and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia Tech.
9:00 – 9:20     Status of Technology for Harvesting Forest Biomass - Results of a
                National Survey of Logging Contractors and Industry - Andres Enrich,
                Jason Cutshall, Shawn Baker, and Dale Greene, University of Georgia,
                Amanda Lang and Brooks Mendell, Forisk Consulting LLC.

9:20 – 9:40     Characteristics of Logging Businesses Harvesting Biomass for Energy in
                the Virginia Piedmont - Scott M. Barrett, M. Chad Bolding, and John F.
                Munsell, Virginia Tech.

9:40 – 10:10    Break and poster session – School Conference Hall
                     (sponsored by International Paper)

Session C – Room 1221 – BMP’s – moderator, Mathew Smidt, Assoc. Professor, School
               of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn

10:10 – 10:30   Developing Woody Biomass Retention Guidelines in Maine - Jeffrey G.
                Benjamin, University of Maine, Donald J. Mansius, Maine Forest
                Service, and Kate Albert Read.

10:30 – 10:50   GPS and GIS Analysis of Mobile Harvesting Equipment and Sediment
                Delivery to Streams During Forest Harvest - Daniel Bowker, Jeff
                Stringer, Chris Barton, Songlin Fei, University of Kentucky.

10:50 – 11:10   Soil Disturbance and Site Impacts Related to a Thinning Operation in
                Kentucky - Emily A. Carter and Jason D. Thompson, USDA Forest

11:10 – 11:30   Comparison of potential erosion following conventional and cable
                yarding timber harvests in the Appalachian Plateau - Bill Worrell, W.
                Mike Aust, and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia Tech.

11:30 – 11:50   Evaluation of Bladed Skid Trail Closure and Cover BMPs for Erosion
                Control - Charlie Wade, W. M. Aust, and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia

Session D – Room 1223 – System Design – moderator - Dana Mitchell, Research
               Engineer, US Forest Service

10:10 – 10:30   Potential Improvements to Equipment and Processes for Harvesting
                Forest Biomass for Energy - Bruce Hartsough, Peter Dempster, Nicholas
                Gallo, Bryan Jenkins and Peter Tittmann, UC – Davis.
10:30 – 10:50   Developing a New Generation of Woody Biomass Harvesting
                Equipment - Bob Rummer, USDA Forest Service, Steve Taylor, Auburn
                University, and Frank Corley, Corley Land Services.

10:50 – 11:10   Validation of a new conceptual cable harvesting system using an
                independent device for lateral yarding - Tetsuhiko Yoshimura, Shimane
                University and Bruce Hartsough, UC - Davis.

11:10 – 11:30   Some like it hot, some like it cold: Experience with biomass collection
                in western Oregon - Elizabeth M. Dodson, University of Montana.

11:30 – 11:50   The effect of harvesting system on forest residue production in Fiji -
                George Vuki, Rien Visser, University of Canterbury.

11:50 – 1:20    Business Luncheon and poster session – School Conference Hall
                     (sponsored by Caterpillar)

Session E – Room 1221 – Productivity and Costs – moderator – John Klepac, General
               Engineer, US Forest Service

1:20 – 1:40     Are equipment replacement models adequate for Canadian logging
                contractors? - Ricardo P. Cantú & Luc Lebel, Laval University.

1:40 – 2:00     Impact of Timber Sale Characteristics on Harvesting Costs - Shawn
                Baker, Dale Greene, and Tom Harris, University of Georgia.

2:00 – 2:20     Evaluating a Web Based Machine Productivity and Fuel Consumption
                Monitoring System - Jason D. Thompson, John Klepac, USDA Forest

2:20 – 2:40     Productivity and financial analysis of a field deployment of mobile
                pyrolysis for the in-woods production of bio-oil and biochar from forest
                treatment residues - Dr. Nathaniel Anderson, Dr. J. Greg Jones, and Dr.
                Woodam Chung, University of Montana and USDA Forest Service.

2:40 – 3:00     Establishing a standard work sampling method for mastication
                productivity analysis - Brian Vitorelo and Han-Sup Han, Humboldt State
Session F – Room 1223 – Safety and Environment – moderator – Bob Rummer, Project
               Leader, Forest Operations, US Forest Service

1:20 – 1:40    The effect of shift duration on the performance of forest harvesting
               operations - Luc Lebel, Laval University and Bruno Farbos, Montreal

1:40 – 2:00    Factors Associated with Logging Truck Accidents in Georgia, 1988-
               2008 - Jason Cutshall and Dale Greene, University of Georgia.

2:00 – 2:20    Modeling forest biomass in atmospheric carbon reduction in West
               Virginia - Benktesh Dash Sharma, Jingxin Wang, West Virginia

2:20 – 2:40    Discussion economy and energy balances of forest biomass utilization
               for Bio-energy at Sano city, Tochigi prefecture, in Japan - Kazuhiro
               Aruga, Ayami Murakami, Masashi Saito, Kaname Ito, Reiko
               Yamaguchi, Chikara Nakahata, Utsunomiya University.

2:40 – 3:00    Energy consumption of small scale production systems for fuel wood
               chips - Masahiro Iwaoka, Tsutomu Nakahara, Masayuki Ozawa,
               Akiyoshi Kanno, Yuta Inomata and Siaw Onwona-Agyeman, Tokyo

3:00 – 3:20    Break and poster session – School Conference Hall
                    (sponsored by Resource Management Services)

Session G – Room 1221 – Productivity and Costs – moderator - Dana Mitchell, Research
               Engineer, US Forest Service

3:20 – 3:40    A productivity and cost comparison of hog fuel production using slash
               forwarding and in-woods grinding of cured harvest - Dr. Nathaniel
               Anderson, Dr. Woodam Chung, Dr. J. Greg Jones, and Dan Loeffler ,
               University of Montana and USDA Forest Service.

3:40 – 4:00    Productivity Estimates and Product Quality Measures for Chippers and
               Grinders on Operational Southern Timber Harvests - Addison Aman,
               Shawn Baker, and Dale Greene, University of Georgia.

4:00 – 4:20    Harvesting understory biomass - John Klepac, USDA Forest Service.
4:20 – 4:40    Optimizing the Use of a John Deere Bundling Unit in a Southern
               Logging System - Steven Meadows, Tom Gallagher and Dana Mitchell,
               Auburn University and USDA Forest Service.

4:40 - 5:00    FPSuite: An Integrated Process Control Platform for Forestry Operations
               - Jean-Francois Gingras, Program Manager, FPInnovations

Session H – Room 1223 – Transportation – moderator – Mathew Smidt, Assoc.
               Professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn

3:20 – 3:40    Biomass recovery and drying trials in New Zealand clear-cut pine
               plantations - Rien Visser, Hamish Berkett and Kent Chalmers,
               University of Canterbury.

3:40 – 4:00    Trucking efficiency improvement through an analysis of in-woods
               turnaround times - Tripp N. Dowling and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia

4:00 – 4:20    Forest Biomass Assessment and Transportation Network Analysis for
               Evaluating the Feasibility of Establishing a Biomass - Joshua Clark,
               John Sessions, Michael Wing, Christian Schmidt, Oregon State

4:20 – 4:40    Mileage savings from optimization of coordinated trucking - McDonald,
               Haridass, Gallagher, Smidt, Valenzuela, Auburn University.

4:40 - 5:00    Estimating Crown and Understory Biomass in Operational Harvests of
               Roundwood and Biomass in Southern Pine Plantations - Addison Aman,
               Shawn Baker, and Dale Greene, University of Georgia

5:00 – Adjourn – The End
The Poster Session to be held all day Wednesday in conjunction with the coffee breaks
and luncheon will include the following studies and possibly some late arrivals:

Effectiveness and Costs of Five Skid Trail Closure Techniques in the Virginia Piedmont -
B. Clay Sawyers, W. Michael Aust, M. Chad Bolding, and Charles R. Wade, Virginia

Optimization of pyrolysis procedure for improved moisture resistance and reduced
material costs in wood product - Robinson, T.J., Via, B.K., Tu, M., Adhikari,S., Fasina,
O., and Carter, E., Auburn.

Improved Skidding for Small Scale Biomass Harvesting Systems - Taylor Burdg and
Tom Gallagher, Auburn.

A Survey of Forest Engineering and Forest Operations Programs in North America -
Elizabeth M. Dodson, M. Chad Bolding, Ben Spong, Virginia Tech.

Temperatures and sparking from operation of high-speed disk saws - McDonald,
Rummer, Auburn.

Torrefaction? What’s that? - Dana Mitchell and Tom Elder, USDA Forest Service.

Injury Characteristics for Mechanized Logging Operations in the Southeastern US: 1996-
2006 - Tal Roberts and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia Tech.

Landing size and landing layout in whole-tree harvesting operations in New Zealand –
Rien Visser, Raffaele Spinelli and Natascia Magagnotti, Canterbury University.

FPSuite: An Integrated Process Control Platform for Forestry Operations - Jean-Francois
Gingras, Program Manager, FPInnovations, Feric division, Pointe-Claire, Quebec,
Canada H9R 3J9.
We anticipate allocating 15 hours of CFE’s for this meeting (6 on Monday, 3 for Tuesday
and 6 for Wednesday), but we are still awaiting approval.

Conference hotel: The Hotel at Auburn University, 241 S. College, Auburn, Alabama
334-844-4718. A block of rooms has been reserved at a rate of $96 per night (there is a
lower rate for government employees). Ask for the annual COFE meeting.

Registration and Costs: (go to registration menu)

                             Early registration            After April 30, 2010
COFE members:                        $350                         $450
Non-COFE members:                    $400                         $500
Students:                            $200                         $300
Spouse/Guest (all events):           $130                         $180
Spouse/Guest Tour only:              $40                          $50
One day (Mon or Wed):                $125                         $150
       includes luncheon




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Wednesday luncheon

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