Boston, Kevin

Associate Professor

Office Location: 
Peavy 015
Email Address: 

Registered Professional Forester, California #2370
Professional Engineer, Oregon #74670

PhD, Forest Engineering, 1996 Oregon State University
MF, Forest Engineering, 1991 Oregon State University
BS, Forestry, 1984 Humboldt State University

Current Programs: 

Develop techniques to plan, schedule, and monitor the primary forest products supply chain; methods to improve the performance of forest roads; Use of innovative techniques including cable-assists to reduce hazards in logging operations.

Graduate Students

 Scott Hanna (MF), Carla Portugal (PhD), Rodrigo Portugal (PhD), Brian Trick (MF), Jeff Halbrook (PhD), Richard Gabriel (MS)


FE 415/515 Forest Road Engineering
FE 416/516 Forest Road System Management

Recent Publications: 
  1. Wing, B. M., Ritchie, M. W., Boston, K., Cohen, W. B., & Olsen, M. J. 2015. Individual snag detection using neighborhood attribute filtered airborne lidar data. Remote Sensing of Environment (163):165-179.
  2. Bettinger, P., Dermirci, M., & K. Boston. 2015. Search Reversion within s-Metaheuristics: Impacts Illustrated with a Forest Planning Problem. Silva Fennica.dx.doi.org/10.14214/sf1232.
  3. Simwanda, M., J. Sessions, K. Boston, & M.G. Wing. 2015. Modeling biomass transport on single lane forest roads. Forest Science. 61(2):220-234.
  4. Zamora, R., J. Sessions, K. Boston and G. Murphy. 2015. Economic Optimization of Forest Biomass Processing and Transport in the Pacific Northwest USA. Forest Science 61(2):220-234.
  5. Long, J. and K. Boston. 2014. An evaluation of alternative measurement techniques for estimating the volume of logging residues. Forest Science 60 (1):200-204.
  6. Zamora, R., K. Boston. J. Sessions, & G. Murphy. 2013. Stochastic Simulation and Optimization of Mobile Chipping Economics in Processing and Transport of Forest Biomass from Residue Silva Fennica 47(5):1-21.
  7. Zamora, R., J. Sessions, G. Murphy & K. Boston. 2013. Economic impact of truck-machine interference in forest biomass recovery operations on steep terrain. Forest Products J. 63:(5)162-173.
  8. Ghajar, I., A. Najafi, A. M. Kaimimajd, K. Boston & S. A. Torabi. 2013. A program for cost estimation of forest roads construction using engineer's methods. Forest Science and Technology.
  9. Sessions, J., K. Tuers, K. Boston, R. Zamora & R. Anderson. 2013. Pricing Forest Biomass for Power Generation. Western J. of Applied Forestry28(2):51-56.
  10. Ghajar, I., A. Najafi, S. A. Torabi, M. Khamehchiyan, & K. Boston. 2012. An Adaptive Network-based fuzzy inference system for rock share estimation in forest road construction. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering
  11. Ghajar, I., A. Najafi, S. A. Torabi, & K. Boston. 2012. Rock share estimation in forest road excavation using ordinal logistic regression (OLR) and the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP). Iranian Journal of Forest and Poplar Research. 2012 (48)) 313-323.
  12. Wing, B., M. Ritchie, K. Boston, & M. Olsen. 2012. Prediction of Understory Vegetation Cover with Airborne Lidar in an Interior Ponderosa Pine Forest. Remote Sensing of Environment 124: 730-741.
  13. Boston, K. 2012 Impact of the Ninth Circuit Court Ruling (NEDC v. Brown) Regarding Forest Roads and the Clean Water Act. Journal of Forestry 110: (6):344-346.


  1. Siry, J., P. Bettinger, K. Merry, D.L. Grebner, K. Boston, and C. Cieszewski. 2015. Forest Management Plans of North America. Academic Press.
  2. Bettinger, P., K. Boston, J. Siry, and D. Grebner. 2009. Forest management and planning. Academic Press. New York, USA. 331 p. (translated and published Mandarin in 2010).
  3. Sessions, J., K. Boston, G. Murphy, L. Kellogg, S Pilkerton, J. Zweede and R. Heinrich. 2007. Harvesting operations in the tropics. Springer. New York, USA. 167 p.
  4. Sessions, J., K. Boston, M. Wing. A. Akay. P. Theisen , and R. Heinrich. 2007. Forest road operations in the tropics. Springer. New York, USA. 166 p.