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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Logging Cost Analysis

Harbison State Forest Environmental Center, 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29221

Date: Jun 12, 2019 08:15 AM to Jun 13, 2019 12:00 PM


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About the Event
This course will cover both principles and applications of logging cost analysis techniques from the perspective of wood dealers, procurement foresters, and independent logging contractors.  Course content will focus on methods for evaluating historic production and cost records within the context of the evolving wood supply chain.  Spreadsheet models will be reviewed and provided to participants for hands-on training involving modifications necessary to assess and simulate a range of harvesting systems, techniques, and equipment mix variations.  Upon completion of this course, participants should be well-equipped to better evaluate logging costs using a range of techniques.

Harbison State Forest Environmental Center
5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29221

Who Should Attend?
Foresters, wood buyers, and logging contractors involved in wood procurement, sale layout, and timber harvesting.  Forest engineers, forestry equipment representatives, and others who service the timber harvesting industry would benefit from the course content.

Equipment Needs
All participants must bring a laptop computer with Microsoft Excel version 2007 or later. Please also bring 25-foot extension cord for powering your laptop. Files used for the class will be transferred from a flash drive or provided on a CD.

Dr. Joe Conrad is an assistant professor of forest operations in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Joe teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics such as timber harvesting, timber procurement, and field measurements. He conducts research on timber harvesting productivity and cost, logging capacity, timber procurement, and wood supply chain efficiency. His recent research measured increases in log truck insurance in the South, determined reasons for the increases, and identified possible solutions to the problem. In addition, he has recently analyzed the productivity and cost of processors operating in southern pine stands. He has experience analyzing logging costs in both the South and the Midwest. Joe earned a B.S. in forestry from The University of the South and an M.F. and Ph.D. in forest operations from Virginia Tech. Joe is a member of the Council on Forest Engineering, Society of American Foresters, and the Georgia Forestry Association.

Dr. Chad Bolding is an associate professor of forest operations/engineering in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  Chad teaches courses in forest harvesting, timber procurement, and harvesting systems evaluation.  He has a B.S. and M.S. in forestry from Auburn University, and an M.F in silviculture and Ph.D. in forest engineering from Oregon State University. 

Chad conducts research in the areas of supply chain management, harvesting system feasibility and logistics, sustainable biomass utilization, and forestry best management practices.  He is active in professional organizations such as the Society of American Foresters, the Council on Forest Engineering, the Forest Resources Association, and is an adjunct member of the faculties at Clemson University and the University of Georgia.

Notify Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 by May 29, 2019 if you need to cancel.

Special Needs
If you require special services or dietary considerations, contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or by May 29, 2019.

Hotel Accommodations
A block of rooms has been set aside for course attendees at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Columbia Northwest/Harbison, for the nights of June 11 and 12, 2019. The hotel address is 320 Columbiana Dr, Columbia, SC 29212 . The phone number to reserve rooms is (803) 732-4436 .Rooms are $99.00 per night plus 14% percent sales tax. Use the code “Logging Cost Analysis” for making reservations. Please make reservations early since rooms will drop out by 5/10/2019.

Continuing Education Credits

*10.0 SAF Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) Hours – Category 1 (approved)
*10.0 MTH Continuing Logging Education (CLE) Hours – Category B (approved)

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If you have more questions or would like to register over the phone, please contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or

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