KWF - German Center for Forest Work and Technology

Planning and preparation for the KWF-Tagung 2016 already in full swing

Experts met at the central offices of KWF - German Center for Forest Work and Technology in Gross-Umstadt, Germany in preparation for the upcoming 17th KWF-Tagung (June 9 – 12, 2016 in Roding, Bavaria). The meeting was called to establish the themes for the field trips during the KWF-Tagung and collect proposals for the scientific congress, forums, work groups as well as the KWF-Expo.
The expert panel consisted of 40 representatives from all federal states, various associations and the spokespeople of the KWF advisory board. Representatives from Bavaria State Forest Enterprise. (BaySF) provided an overview of the host region and the event site. Thomas Wehner - as Director of Information & Marketing" responsible for the Expo of the KWF-Tagung reported about the current planning status. "From the mid of July we will start selling the exhibition stands," Wehner announced. The subsequent expert discussions focussed on the field trips to be organized for the KWF-Tagung 2016.

The basis for the discussion was a survey carried out by the KWF among its members to establish their suggestions and desires for presentations. This resulted in a total of 25 themes. Subsequent discussions quickly showed that the field trips proposed for the 17th KWF-Tagung will once more provide a very good overview of the range of established procedures developed by the individual federal states. Experts agreed to include nine wood harvesting procedures, five fuel wood production procedures, and two demonstrations of stand regeneration procedures. The demonstrations of young stand management will concentrate on the difficult situation in naturally regenerated forest stands. In addition to this, the field trips will also include professional demonstrations dealing with aspects of work safety, forest and environmental protection (incl. soil conservation) as well as logistics.

Prof. Dr. Ute Seeling, KWF managing director, expressed her thanks to all participants for their great commitment. Their contributions ensure that the KWF-Tagung field trips will once again provide a platform for new ideas and professional exchange and form an ideal supplement to the exhibits at the KWF-Expo and the accompanying lecture programme.

The KWF-Tagung is staged every four years at different locations. The 17th event is scheduled to take place between June 9 and 12, 2016 in Roding under the Motto: "Forests – People – Markets – Sustainable synergies“. The KWF-Tagung is one of the largest forest technology trade shows in the world. The 2016 event is the most important international meeting of the forestry sector in that year. The KWF-Tagung is traditionally divided into three elements - KWF-Expo, field trips and scientific congress. Over 500 exhibitors from 25 countries will present their current developments and state-of-the-art technology on an area covering 100 ha of fields and forest. The last KWF-Tagung, which took place in 2012 in Bopfingen, attracted over 50.000 professional visitors.