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2015 World Forest Institute Fellows: Where Are Some of Them Now?

Miguel Sanchez – Fellow from Bolivia

After his fellowship, Miguel worked at Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Forestal (FONABOSQUE), where he planned seedling production on the national level. In May 2017, Miguel invited Diane Haase and Kas Dumroese, nursery specialists from the U.S. Forest Service, to Bolivia to provide technical assistance pertaining to nursery production and out-planting of seedlings. Over 200 participants were trained during this two-week workshop.

Enkeleda Pjetri – Fellow from Albania

Since December 2016, Enkeleda is working as a consultant for RSK , a UK based company providing Environmental, Social and Cultural Heritage monitoring services to Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP AG). Enkeleda helds the position of the Social Field Monitor on an international construction project implemented in Albania. On behalf of TAP AG she supervises the construction works towards the fulfillment of a project commitment on respecting the rights of local communities affected by the construction.

Stuty Maskey – Fellow from Nepal

After completing her fellowship, Stuty enrolled in a PhD program in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Currently, Stuty is collecting data in Nepal for her PhD thesis. Her topic is “stakeholder perspectives on collaboration for a national forestry program.” For this she is conducting an in-depth case study of a large forestry program in Nepal that aimed to improve forestry governance through collaborative policy and decision-making processes. The program however, terminated early. Stuty is investigating the reasons for this termination.

Chao-Nien “Carol” Koh, Taiwan – Fellow from Taiwan
After her program, Carol resumed working for the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI), where she has been for over two decades. At TFRI, her current research focuses on ornithology in an urban setting. Some of her research has demonstrated that birds in an urban ecosystem have difficulty rearing chicks compared to birds in mountain habitat. This finding has prompted her to develop educational materials for the public on how to protect birds and their habitats in the neighborhoods around the city of Taipei. During 2016, she created two outreach programs: “Bird-Sleuth Club” for primary schools and “Bird’s Nest-Box Watch” in Taipei’s Botanical Garden. She also proposed the creation of a wildlife corridor in the East Rift Valley, where she has investigated biodiversity for the past eight years.
Robert Mijol – Fellow from Malaysia

After Robert finished his WFI Fellowship Program, he resumed working for the Sabah Forestry Department, where he got promoted to Manager for Ulu Segama-Malua Sustainable Forest Management Project. His new responsibilities include coordinating stakeholders, evaluating forest re-certification, leading fieldwork (mostly on forest rehabilitation for orangutan habitat), and protecting forests from illegal logging, agricultural encroachment, and wildlife poachers. He spends most of his time off the grid caring for the beautiful tropical rainforest of Sabah.

2016 World Forest Institute Fellows: Where Are They Now?

Samantha Kwan – Fellow from Malaysia

Samantha returned to work for the Sarawak Forestry Corporation at Piasau Nature Reserves (PNR) managing an urban forest in the city of Miri. She has been increasing public involvement in PNR and presenting on PNR’s successes at conferences. The connections she made during her fellowship followed her to Malaysia. She organized a public seminar on urban forestry with guest speaker Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk, a renowned professor from the University of British Columbia. She collaborated with Brian French, a well-known Portland arborist, on an insect cavity nesting project for the Oriental Pied Hornbill in PNR. In 2018, she will be setting up a nature classroom (inspired by attending the International Educators Institute at WFI) for urban areas in PNR. And recently, she was accepted as an active member for the IUCN Hornbill Specialist Group.

Rebecca Hsu – Fellow from Taiwan

After her fellowship, Rebecca went back to work for the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute. In 2017, she coordinated a new project, the Taiwan Tree Project, in partnership with Australian experts to conduct a portrait photo of Taiwania, one of the tallest conifers in East Asia. The project was very successful and raised more than one million New Taiwan Dollars (about 34,000.00 US Dollars) for environmental conservation in Taiwan.

Karishmaa Pai – Fellow from India

In 2017, Karishmaa joined International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc. as their strategic planner for fragrance development in Singapore. She works as part of the Fabric Team and is currently on a six-month project assignment in the Netherlands working on applying environmentally conscious principles to laundry detergents and softeners.

Andrea Cornejo – Fellow from Nicaragua

Andrea works as a researcher at the recently formed Interdisciplinary Institute of Natural Sciences at the University of Central America, Managua, Nicaragua. In this position, she conducts research related to forestry, ecosystem health, and non-timber forest products, as well as teaches as part of the Faculty of Science, Technology, and Environment. In 2017, she launched a Forum on Forests and Sustainable Forest Management, part of a lecture series to create a continuous conversation on forestry-related topics.

Abiodun Solanke – Fellow from Nigeria

For Abi, the immersion into the world of sustainability at the World Forest Institute remains a significant milestone. He returned home to start his collaborative practice – LITEHaus ARCHITECTURE + DEVELOPMENTS, an integrated firm of sustainable architecture and civil and environmental engineering. LiteHaus’ purpose is to bridge the gap between the theories and realities of living in the tropics by providing realistic, cost–effective, and sustainable solutions using local materials and appropriate technology. The firm seeks opportunities to maximize the use of bamboo and adobe. Abi’s mission is to bring about transformative thinking and application of renewable materials to eradicate sub-standard housing for low- and middle-income Nigerians and Africans at large. He believes the highest form of efficiency is to make the best use of local materials, with global perspectives in mind, to solve affordable housing problems. In 2017, his affordable housing scheme using recycled material was selected as one of the top 50 innovative entrepreneurial ideas by the British Council in Nigeria. Abi is an active advocate for the improvement of vulnerable, under-served, and disenfranchised communities.

Adam Wasiak – Fellow from Poland

In his new position as the deputy director at the Bureau for Forest Management and Geodesy in Poland, Adam is responsible for the performance of forest management plans, the national forest inventory, and updating forest resource assessments.

Ana de Muñoz – Fellow from Spain

Ana is working on her PhD. in forestry at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. In September 2017, she started working for Coillte, the Irish state commercial company responsible for managing forests. Last year, she also volunteered for Calmast, an organization that brings science and engineering to the general public and particularly to children.

Yu Lei – Fellow from China

After his fellowship, Lei went back to working for the Chinese Academy of Forestry in Beijing, where he manages two of their research centers.


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2017 World Forest Institute Fellows: Where Are They Now?

  Sawako Tanaka – Fellow from Japan


Sawako started a new position at Nagoya University in Japan as the liaison between industry and university research to promote entrepreneur education and international collaboration. Sawako believes that the critical thinking culture she was exposed to at WFI propelled her to continue learning from every opportunity available.


Shreejita Basu – Fellow from India


Shreejita followed up her time at WFI with a six-month internship at Sustainable Northwest, working on a project for the Oregon Coast Community Forest Association (OCCFA). OCCFA focuses on long-term forest management based on conservation and watershed restoration principles. Her role will be primarily in watershed restoration analysis.


Binod Heyojoo – Fellow from Nepal


Binod returned to his teaching duties as a professor at the Institute of Forestry (IOF) in Pokhara, Nepal. He will be starting his PhD in Forestry in June of 2018 at Tribhuvan University in Nepal. His PhD research thesis will expand on the project he did at WFI in forest fire management.


Chiao-Ping Wang – Fellow from Taiwan


Chiao-Ping returned to her research at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) as a soil scientist. She reports that she brought many great ideas back from the USA that are inspiring her work implementing a long-term ecological research site in the urban forests of Kaoshiung.


Jan Jenco – Fellow from Slovakia


Jan recently started a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a focus in natural resources at the Technical University in Zvolenin, Slovakia. He is close to completing his authorship of a book on Slovak forestry regulations. He will start a new job in February 2018 with a regional organization for conservation and sustainable development with a focus on habitat restoration in the river Danube region. He will be working on their legal agenda.


Michelle Yap – Fellow from Malaysia


Michelle returned to work for the Heart of Borneo conservation project in Malaysia at the Sabah Forestry Department. She will be focusing on conservation activities such as forest rehabilitation and developing ecotourism facilities. Her WFI project findings on how to implement sport fishing inside a forest reserve have been approved by the Sabah Forestry Department and are in process of being implemented.



Hebe Carus – Fellow from Scotland


Hebe has taken a temporary post with the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) as a Living Landscapes Program Manager. The program oversees the implementation of landscape-scale land use/conservation integration across urban and rural sites. Hebe will be evaluating the successes of one of those sites, coordinating the implementation of a communications strategy, and reviewing the SWT landscape-scale conservation policy–all within nine months!



Oscar Hernandez – Fellow from Guatemala


The very next day after Oscar returned to Guatemala, he became the technical advisor of FEDECOCAGUA (Coop of Coffee Coops) to implement the Food, Agriculture, Income and Resilience (FAIR) Project, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The FAIR project will support thousands of small coffee farmers for five years to increase their economic growth and reduce malnutrition. The experience at WFI allowed Oscar to better understand the USAID approach and work style.



Foresters in the City: Abraham Wheeler, State Lead O&C Forester, US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management. Three young foresters included Michael Ahr, Forest Conservationist, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District; Angie DiSalvo: Outreach and Science Supervisor, City of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry; and Ciara McCarthy, Urban Forester, ArborSurveys and Associates, LLC

From Sara Wu, Interim Executive Director- The Hagenstein Lectures Return to Portland (November 2017)


It was a warm, gorgeous fall Sunday afternoon for the 2017 Hagenstein Lectures held at the World Forestry, October 15. It was hard to be indoors, but we had a house full of enthusiastic guests, great food and drink, and twelve fascinating speakers eager to share their perspectives.

The Hagenstein Lectures is a program of the World Forestry Center and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) to honor the memory of legendary forester W.D. “Bill” Hagenstein who passed away in Portland at age 99 in 2014.

Hagenstein was one of the founders of the Western Forestry Center, now the World Forestry Center, after the disastrous fire in 1964 that destroyed the beloved “old forestry building” from the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition and American Pacific Exposition and Oriental Fair in Portland, Oregon. Hagenstein helped rally the troops to build a grand new building in Washington Park designed by noted architect John Storrs. Hagenstein was an active ambassador for us and served on our board of directors for many years. Hagenstein was extremely proud to be a professional forester until the day he died. He was active with the SAF, serving as president from 1966-69, and is honored in our Forestry Leadership Hall.

This year’s Hagenstein Lectures was notable for highlighting several women in forestry, and featuring an intergenerational panel that provided a wonderful opportunity for the panelists to share their experiences and cross-fertilize ideas.

Meghan Tuttle, a forester with Weyerhaeuser, served as our energetic moderator for the three diverse panels covering a wide range of current issues. Green Wood/Green Buildings was hosted by Eric Farm of Barnes and Associates, and his panel was composed of professional foresters Nicole Strong, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension at Oregon State University, and Edie Sonne Hall, a Sustainable Forest Policy consultant. Rounding out the panel was special guest Kristin Slavin, an accomplished architect with PATH Architecture in Portland, who discussed the challenges and benefits of using sustainable wood in modern construction.  Kristin reminded the audience: “We have the best trees you could want here,” and talked about emerging high-tech wood products with the potential to revolutionize construction, like the “tall timber” project going up at the Carbon 12 building in North Portland.

Foresters in the City was hosted by Abraham Wheeler, a forester with the US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management. Like Eric, Abe was a speaker at the 2016 Hagenstein event. Three young foresters on the panel included Michael Ahr, a forest conservationist with West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Angie DiSalvo of Portland Parks and Recreation, and Ciara McCarthy, an urban forester with ArborSurveys and Associates. The group kidded about seeing more people than trees on their daily rounds, but agreed that the problem-solving skills and the long-range perspective of foresters are sorely needed in our fast-growing communities. Questions of equity and diversity are challenges. “Trees are really the easy part,” Angie observed.

WOW – Women Owning Woodlands was hosted by Fran Cafferata Coe, Certified Wildlife Biologist and owner of Cafferata Consulting, LLC. Fran was joined by Edie Sonne Hall, who is also a proud tree farmer and manages the Bates Hill Plantation; and special guests Sarah Deumling of Zena Forest and Wylda Cafferata of the Cafferata family forest (and Fran’s mother). Sarah and Wylda added a lively, multigenerational perspective to the wide-ranging conversation about the opportunities for women – and families – to contribute to the social, economic, and environmental welfare of our communities by thoughtful stewardship of their well-loved and well-cared for woodlands. “Be patient,” Sarah noted. “Things change faster than you think.”

It was a remarkable day with nuggets of wisdom for everyone. Far from the often-dry Iectures one so often attends at natural resource events, this year’s Hagenstein Lectures lived up to its goal of featuring emerging voices of forestry, in a conversational and interactive format. Our thanks to all of our speakers, sponsors, and partners, including SAF, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Friends of Trees, and Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Bill Hagenstein would have been pleased.

Videos of the panel discussions will be posted soon on The Hagenstein Lectures website:


Sara Wu, Interim Executive Director

From our friends at OFRI, Oregon celebrates Forest Products Oct. 15-21


News Release

October 12, 2017

For immediate release

Contact: Inka Bajandas – 971-673-2948


Oregon celebrates Forest Products Oct. 15-21

PORTLAND, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown has declared Oct. 15-21 as “Oregon Forest Products Week” in recognition of Oregon’s leadership in manufacturing wood products, developing innovative wood products, and designing and constructing tall wood buildings.

In a signed proclamation, Brown calls on all Oregonians to join in observance of the weeklong celebration of forest products grown and manufactured in Oregon. The declaration coincides with National Forest Products Week, celebrated the third week of October every year. The national event recognizes the many products that come from forests, the people who work in or manage forests, and the businesses that make the forest products we use in our everyday lives.

Forest Products Week has particular significance in Oregon, because for decades the state has not only been the nation’s leader in wood products manufacturing but also forest productivity, forestry education and research, says Timm Locke, director of forest products at the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI). Funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax, OFRI was created by the Oregon Legislature to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products.

Oregon is also now leading a growing movement to build taller and larger buildings with wood, for environmental, social and economic reasons, Locke adds. “With its innovative spirit and sustainable forest resources, Oregon has become the epicenter of the most significant disruption of building technology since steel and concrete altered urban skylines.”

In the proclamation, Brown highlights that Oregon’s forest sector contributes more than $12 billion annually to the state’s economy and employs more than 60,000 Oregonians. She notes that the state’s forest protection and land-use laws ensure Oregon’s abundant forests are sustainably managed to provide countless benefits to Oregonians. These include clean air and water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, scenic beauty, forest products, and employment and tax revenue for local communities, counties and the state of Oregon.

During the 2017 Oregon Forest Products Week, OFRI and partner organizations will host a series of public events related to forest products and sustainable forest management:

  • The Future of Tall – This new OFRI-sponsored exhibit about tall wood buildings and mass timber construction is currently on display at the World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland. More information.
  • The Hagenstein Lectures – The World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters will host a free lecture series from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland. It will feature emerging voices in forestry, all under the age of 45, discussing, among other topics, the role of sustainable forest products in the green building movement. More information.
  • Critical Mass (Timber) Meetup – The TallWood Design Institute, a collaboration between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, will host its inaugural meetup from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch St., Portland. The kickoff event will be an informal gathering of professionals interested in building bigger, taller and smarter with wood. More information.
  • Forest Carnivores and their Habitats: A Focus on Fisher, Marten and Fox – This free one-day workshop sponsored by OFRI and other partners will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany. It will focus on forest carnivores, their habitats and ways to manage forests for wood production while also protecting these species that play a key role in the ecosystems they inhabit. More information.

OFRI kicked off this year’s celebration of Oregon forest products with an early-October tour of mass timber buildings in the Portland area. More than 50 elected and appointed officials, policymakers and others viewed four buildings that have either been completed or are under construction in Hillsboro and Portland, and heard from architects and developers about the desirability of using advanced wood products to build commercial structures.

About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute was created by the Oregon Legislature to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products, and to encourage sound forestry through landowner education. A 13-member board of directors governs OFRI. It is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.


Greetings From the Interim Executive Director, October 2017


From the Interim Executive Director 

Next week is National Forest Products Week and we could not be more excited! We have much to celebrate here at the World Forestry Center as we focus on the myriad of benefits the forest gives us. Clean air, clean water, habitat for our wildlife, and recreational opportunities are just the start of what our forests provide and why we care so much about sustainably managing them. The Governor’s proclamation of October 15-21, 2017 as Oregon Forest Products Week also reminds us that Oregon is a leader in wood products manufacturing and that the forest sector contributes more than $12 billion annually to our state’s economy. We are truly fortunate to live in Oregon.

Last month we opened a new exhibit in our museum on mass timber called The Future of Tall. If you have not heard of it, mass timber is a style of solid wood framing that incorporates engineered wood products that are panelized as both vertical and horizontal members. The Future of Tall exhibit explores the various types of mass timber currently produced and how these products are being used in the construction industry. This amazing product allows for tall buildings, even high-rises, to be built exclusively out of wood. People are taking notice of this product! Just last week the staff of Oregon Forest Resources Institute and their Board of Directors visited our mass timber exhibit, filling the exhibit with elected officials, policymakers, architects, and forestry professionals. The World Forestry Center was their first stop on a tour of mass timber buildings in the Portland area.

When you visit our exhibit, you will learn about the many building projects currently going up or completed with mass timber around the state and beyond. You will experience this very cool forest product for yourself and you can even test out a “massive” piece of furniture. Many of the pieces featured are made in Oregon and we are grateful to Oregon Forest Resources Institute for sponsoring this exhibit. You can read the full press release about The Future of Tall here [link].

Our World Forest Institute Research Fellows are especially excited about this product. Before they all returned home this month, Fellows had one last study tour with D.R. Johnson Lumber, a company that is taking the lead in the mass timber industry in Oregon. D.R. Johnson Lumber is actually the first facility in the United States certified to produce structural cross-laminated timber, or CLT. The opportunity to see the manufacturing process of CLT up close was a truly unique experience for this group and a perfect cap to their knowledge bank of forestry in Oregon. Our state continues to remain one of the best places for students of all ages to learn about forestry.

We continue with Oregon Forest Products Week with The Hagenstein Lectures on Sunday, October 15. In partnership with the Society of American Foresters, we continue the “Emerging Voices of Forestry” series that started last year. Ten foresters, all under the age of 45, will have conversations about building with wood, forestry in an urban environment, and women who own woodlands. With such an exciting agenda and free admission with RSVP, you do not want to miss this event. You can learn more here [link]. We hope you will join us to celebrate this special week!

Sara Wu

Interim Executive Director


Thank you Sponsors

Press Release- World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum Opens New Exhibit


World Forestry Center Discovery Museum Opens New Exhibit

About the Mass Timber Phenomenon


For Immediate Release

World Forestry Center Discovery Museum

Media Contacts: Morgan Pasinski 503-488-2127 or Chuck Wiley 503-488-2138


(Portland, OR) – With high-rise mass timber buildings springing up all over Portland, the United States, and the world, it only makes sense for the World Forestry Center to bring to light the amazing story of the mass timber phenomenon in its newest exhibit, The Future of Tall.

On view through summer 2018, The Future of Tall tells of the strength, versatility, fabrication, and installation processes of mass timber products that are being used today to build multi-story buildings that are cost-competitive, carbon-efficient, sustainable, and reliable.

On display in the museum’s first floor Special Exhibits Gallery, visitors will be introduced to mass timber through stunning visual display panels, videos, and hands-on pieces. The exhibit also features a spectacular 13-foot mass timber bench originally displayed in the Portland Art Museum’s John Yeon exhibit.

The term “mass timber” refers to a style of solid wood framing that incorporates engineered wood products that are often panelized as both vertical and horizontal members. The term is derived from the fact that the products used in mass timber construction are often quite massive.

Mass timber products, including cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), dowel-laminated timber (DLT), glue-laminated beams, columns and panels (glulam), and mass plywood panel (MPP), are manufactured by assembling smaller pieces of lumber or veneer into much larger pieces using nails, dowels, or adhesives. The engineered nature of these products provides them the strength, and earthquake and fire resistance needed to make them suitable for use in very large structures.

The Future of Tall is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and support from LEVER Architecture.

Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, the 20,000 square foot Discovery Museum is sure to delight anyone from ages 3 to 103.  Visitors will be both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability. Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, the museum has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can take a wet-free raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face.


World Forestry Center Discovery Museum

Washington Park

4033 SW Canyon Rd

Portland, OR  97221



From the Interim Executive Director, September 2017


Is it possible to own forestland and not even know it?

If you have an employer pension or other retirement account, there’s a chance that some of your investments involve not just stocks and bonds, but also alternatives such as real estate and commodities. For institutional investors managing their pension funds and endowments, timberland has become one of those alternative investment options, attractive for its relative stability and the possibility of earning returns that are better than bonds and safer than stocks.  Once rare amongst institutional investment portfolios, timberland is now mainstream.

For over a decade, the World Forestry Center has organized an annual conference called “Who Will Own the Forest?” which was created to provide a forum for this rapidly developing field of institutional timberland investing. It’s where everyone in this field comes to meet and exchange ideas on the latest trends impacting the sector.

“Who Will Own the Forest?” was the brainchild of World Forestry Center directors Bill Bradley, an attorney with Sutherland (now Eversheds Sutherland), and Rick Smith, then Managing Director at Forest Systems LLC. From the beginning they made it clear that they wanted the gathering to become a World Forestry Center event, not something that belonged to any single company. The World Forestry Center, being neither an institutional owner of commercial timberlands, nor an investor or service provider to the sector, could provide a third-party nonprofit platform for the diverse groups we hoped would attend. It was a far-sighted and selfless gift that Bill and Rick gave us.

The diversity of professions represented at “Who Will Own the Forest?’ is testament that managing forests today requires a broad and evolving skill set from various disciplines and perspectives. Today, timberland owners, investors, managers, lawyers, land conservation groups, carbon offset advisors, lenders, appraisers, insurers, and foresters come from as far away as New Zealand and Finland for this 2.5-day event.

The conference is also a demonstration of the World Forestry Center’s mission to create and inspire champions of sustainable forestry by highlighting how people from seemingly disparate walks of life are working together to create solutions that address economic, community, industry and environmental needs. We heard from a panel composed of leaders from the city, education, and business communities in Springfield, Oregon, where they have established a unique collaborative to foster the future workforce of the wood sector. Another session invited forestry deans from Oregon to Georgia to discuss changing student demographics, ways to teach soft skills beyond technical know-how, and how to attract and retain diverse talent to forestry. Their stories illustrate the challenges sustainable forestry faces, but their commitment and successes are inspiring.

There’s always a sense of excitement as folks gather and meet up with old acquaintances and make new ones at our annual conference. Many of our southern attendees had to brave hurricane-related challenges to make it here. It’s proof that “Who Will Own the Forest?” is not just another timber conference. It’s about the opportunity to establish and build on relationships. It’s also gratifying to see, with the convergence of disparate groups—financiers and foresters, land trusts and investors, pension funds and carbon managers on our Oregon campus, that there is increasing overlapping of mutual interests for cooperation in the management of forests for multiple uses. Finding common ground for action is always a good thing.

Sara Wu, Interim Executive Director

September 2017


Leaders Gather at WFC to Discuss Science and Practice of Protecting Forest Streams


On August 10th, more than 75 legislators and their aides, professional foresters, biologists, land owners, lawyers, professors and conservation organizations from all over Oregon, Washington and California convened in Cheatham Hall to consider the challenges of current management of the region’s forest riparian zones. Sponsored by the Oregon Society of American Foresters (SAF) and 11 other organizations including the World Forestry Center, the day-long event featured 15 speakers who shared their professional expertise and different perspectives on this complex and often controversial topic. WFC Board Chair Jennifer Allen welcomed everyone to the workshop and encouraged thoughtful discussion of the issues.

Elizabeth Howard: Lawyer at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Matt McElligott: Board Member, Public Lands Council and Rancher

Dr. Dana Warren: Assistant Professor at OSU












WFC’s Senior Fellow, Rick Zenn, Keynotes Taipei Conference


Senior Fellow Rick Zenn was invited to provide the closing keynote address at the 2017 Taiwan Forestry Bureau Nature Center 10th Anniversary Conference at the Taipei City Youth Development Center this past May.

Zenn was introduced by Emeritus Professor Dr. Wang Xin from National Taiwan University and followed new TFB Director General Dr. Hwa-Ching Lin, formerly deputy director of the National Taiwan Museum and the Taipei Zoo, who outlined TFB’s impressive “Learn from Nature, Learn with Delight” initiative. Zenn spoke about the Oregon Forestry Literacy Plan and the work of the World Forestry Center. He also participated in the TFB Community Fair at the Taipei Peace Park and was a special guest at the Nature Center staff reunion.

“The conference showcased so many great programs and projects,” Zenn said. “Over the years, leaders from TFB have come to Oregon to visit the World Forestry Center and participate in our International Educator Institute (IEI). It was an honor to be invited to Taiwan to celebrate TFB’s many accomplishments.”

Many thanks to Dr. Chin-ying Lee of the Chinese Society for Environmental Education, Drs. Yi-Hsuan Hsu and Li-Hsin Weng, of the TFB leadership team, and Dr. Chou Ju of NTNU, among others for being great hosts and hard-working, inspirational colleagues.