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From Joseph Furia, Executive Director: What We’ve Accomplished in 2019


We at the World Forestry Center believe that creating a sustainable forestry future for tomorrow means shaping society today. We are hard at work creating a culture that values and takes action to support the economic, ecological, and social values of forests.

I hope you will consider making a year-end gift to aid us in this effort.

Your donation allows us to build on existing programs to drive problem‐solving by professionals, create events and experiences to connect the public to its interdependence on forests, and steward a place that supports a community of sustainable forestry champions.

In the last year, thanks to the support of donors like you, the World Forestry Center:

  • Welcomed more than 60,000 people to our Washington Park campus via conferences, events, workshops, and visits to our iconic Discovery Museum;
  • Empowered natural resource professionals from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, France, Malawi, Nigeria, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom through our award-winning International Fellowship Program;
  • Amplified emerging voices and megatrends in forestry at our lectures, conferences, and mission-driven events;
  • Hosted key policy-makers engaged in critical conversations, like the Oregon Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response.

We are proud of what we have accomplished this year, yet we know there is so much more to do. To create a sustainable forestry future, we need you to renew your support today.

Please make a year-end gift to support the World Forestry Center as we create and inspire champions of sustainable forestry.

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Forest Education Foundation of Australia Hosts Senior Fellow


World Forestry Center Senior Fellow Rick Zenn delivered the keynote address at the first Australian Story of Our Trees conference. The two-day conference, hosted by the Forest Education Foundation, was held at the University of Tasmania School of Architecture & Design in Launceston, Tasmania.

The event brought together a broad cross-section of forestry professionals, teachers, and school administrators for lively group discussions, hands-on learning, and study tours.

The mission of the Forest Education Foundation is to “develop teacher and student knowledge about forest landscapes by providing educational opportunities that explore forest environments, resources and the future role of forests.”

Following the ceremonial opening of the conference, Zenn spoke about the importance of collaboration and encouraged participants to “add wood” to their activities and to take advantage of local expertise from business, government, universities, and non-profits. “They don’t have to be foresters,” said Zenn. “Find the connections. Social, economic, or environmental.”

While in Australia, Zenn attended the regional leadership meeting of the Australian ForestLearning program. ForestLearning is pioneering the use of virtual reality to bring forest and mill tours to classrooms across Australia.
Zenn also participated in pre-conference tours of Western Tasmania, which included mountain, river, and coastal forests, a craft Huon Pine mill in Strahan, a driving tour of the Forico Surrey Hills Estate near Bass Straight, and a morning visit to the remote Pieman River Hydrowood reservoirs where native hardwoods are recovered from hydroelectric projects. In addition, Zenn visited the historic Hollybank Reserve operated by Sustainable Timber Tasmania and the Narawntapu National Park.
While overnighting in Hobart, Zenn met with Dr. Sue Baker, 2010 World Forestry Center International Fellow and The Hagenstein Lectures speaker in 2016. Baker now works at the University of Tasmania as a Research Fellow for the School of Natural Sciences and the Australian Research Council Centre for Forest Value.
“There’s a huge value to these types of exchanges,” said World Forestry Center Deputy Director Sara Wu. “Hearing how our colleagues around the world are addressing the most pressing forestry issues is important because we’re all facing similar natural resource challenges.”
Thank you to the Forest Education Foundation for sponsoring Zenn’s trip.

The Hagenstein Lecture Amplifies Emerging Voices


Ten young leaders in forestry brought thought-provoking dialogue to the World Forestry Center in late October.The fourth annual Emerging Voices in Forestry featured dynamic conversations on the predictability of wildfire, the challenges and opportunities for the women fighting those fires, and the actions required to evolve forestry for the future.

“These conversations were envisioned as a way to feature new voices in forestry,” said World Forestry Center Senior Fellow, Rick Zenn. “We wanted to highlight the work being done by this next generation.”


Emerging Voices is part of The Hagenstein Lectures, a public initiative led by the World Forestry Center and the Society of American Foresters to honor the legacy of professional forester William D. Hagenstein.

Meet our 2019 “Emerging Voices in Forestry”


The World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters are honored to introduce you to our Emerging Voices in Forestry – all under the age of 45.

These up-and-coming leaders are working at the forefront of social, economic, and environmental change. Hear from them in person on Sunday, October 20th at the fourth Hagenstein Lectures. Enjoy craft beer, wine, and local food as you meet new friends, engage with provocative ideas, and have some great conversations.

Purchase tickets to Emerging Voices in Forestry



Terry Baker
Chief Executive Officer
Society of American Foresters (SAF)

Terry Baker, a long-time SAF member and former U.S. Forest Service leader, joined the Society of American Foresters as CEO last year. Baker’s previous position was as deputy forest supervisor of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado. He also served as a district ranger on the Willamette National Forest in Oregon and held positions on several other national forests in the western and southeastern US. His first position with the agency was as a forestry technician at the Apalachicola National Forest in Florida. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in forest resources and conservation at the University of Florida in 2004 and a master of forestry degree at Yale University in 2007. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from Florida A&M University.

Terry Baker will be speaking in ACT III: Forestry 2040: Action Required


Fran Cafferata Coe
Cafferata Consulting, LLC

Fran Cafferata Coe is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® with over 15 year’s experience in environmental consulting. She has experience in writing wildlife management plans, and completing forest harvest unit reviews and surveys for sensitive, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats. Cafferata Coe graduated from Oregon State University in Wildlife and Fisheries with emphasis in forest wildlife interactions. She is a member of both The Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters. She is past chair for the Oregon SAF and a past president of the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Being a member of both societies allows her to help wildlife and forestry professionals better communicate. She served as liaison between the two societies from 2010-2017. Cafferata Coe received the Oregon SAF Young Forester Award and the National SAF Young Forester Leadership Award in 2016. She is passionate about bringing forestry and wildlife together to develop management strategies that are practical. This is Cafferata Coe’s second appearance at the Hagenstein Lectures.

Fran Cafferata Coe will be hosting ACT II: Women on Fire

Christopher Dunn
Research Associate
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
College of Forestry, Oregon State University

Christopher Dunn spent eight years in fire suppression and fuels management prior to pursuing research on fire effects and ecosystem response to mixed severity fires. Today, he leverages his operational experience and research training to bridge the gap between science and management to better prepare land and fire managers for the changing fire environment. Dunn earned his B.S. in forest management from Colorado State University and M.S. and Ph.D. in forest resources from Oregon State University. His research now focuses on the safety and effectiveness of large fire management, and is supported by collaborations with the Human Dimensions Program at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Christopher Dunn will be speaking in ACT I: Wildfire Moneyball: Analytics for the New Normal


Ara Erickson
Director, Corporate Sustainability

Ara Erickson leads Weyerhaeuser’s company-wide sustainability program. Erickson and her team are responsible for setting the direction for the company’s sustainability strategy, managing and reporting on progress, and representing the company in external standard-setting processes and related forums. This team helps ensure a sustainable supply chain for Weyerhaeuser’s customers while creating value and new opportunities for the company. Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Erickson directed a community-based, urban forest restoration program, conducted forest-related spatial and social science research and outreach, and worked as an environmental consultant. Outside of work, Erickson enjoys exploring the amazing forests in the Pacific Northwest with her family and making a mess in the kitchen with new recipes. Erickson holds an M.S. in forest resources from the University of Washington and a B.S. in resource management from U.C. Berkeley.

Ara Erickson will be speaking in ACT III: Forestry 2040: Action Required


Jeremy Felty
Oregon Small Woodland Association (OSWA)

Growing up, Jeremy Felty spent a lot of time moving around the country with his parents, and he had positive experiences as a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Exploring the woods, enjoying nature, and working with others led to his interest in forestry. Felty earned a B.S. in forest management from Oregon State University in 2017 and recently completed his M.F. in sustainable forest management at OSU. In the past decade, Felty has worked in a variety of positions throughout the forest sector. Inspired by an internship in county-level forestry in Washington State, today he works with the Oregon Small Woodlands Association assisting family forest owners manage their private forestlands. Felty has also been active leader with the Society of American Foresters, first as chair of the OSU Student Chapter and currently as chair of the Marys Peak Chapter. He was recently selected to participate in the REAL OREGON Resource Education & Agricultural Leadership program.

Jeremy Felty will be MC and host for the 2019 Emerging Voices in Forestry event


Andrés Holz
Assistant Professor of Geography
Director, Global Environmental Change Lab
Department of Geography, Portland State University

Andrés Holz studies the causes and consequences of climate variability and human activity on ecological change and disturbances in temperate forests, primarily in the West of the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand. His work engages a multi-scalar and interdisciplinary approach that uses an assortment of techniques, including dendrochronology, landscape ecology, remote sensing and geographic information systems, spatially-explicit modeling and geostatistics, field studies, and historical and documentary records. Holz earned his B.S. in forest engineering at Universidad de Chile, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. When not working, he enjoys spending time in the woods and in the yard with the family, reading, or playing music.

Andrés Holz will be speaking in ACT III: Forestry 2040: Action Required


Amanda Rau
Burn Boss & Fire Manager, North America Region
The Nature Conservancy

Amanda Rau started working in wildland fire management as a member of a 20-person handcrew based in Springfield, Oregon, in 1999. After finishing her undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Oregon, she began to seriously pursue a career in fire management, working on interagency hotshot crews, handcrews, and engines based in Oregon, Montana, and California. She worked a as a fuels technician on the Deschutes National Forest, and as an assistant fire management officer in fuels management on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland. Over the years, Rau’s wildland fire assignments have taken her from the longleaf pines of Florida to the prairies of Puget Sound. She studied natural resources at Oregon State University and in 2012 completed a Masters in natural resources, fire ecology, and management at the University of Idaho. That same year, Rau co-founded and serves as chair of Oregon Prescribed Fire Council. She has worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Prineville as a natural resource specialist coordinating post-fire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation, and as invasives program manager for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland. In 2015, she accepted a position as fire manager for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and Washington. Rau’s family settled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the late 1800s, where they continue to manage a 672-acre small woodland where she works with her family harvesting timber. The roots of her passion for conservation and sustainable forest management in Oregon run deep.

Amanda Rau will be speaking in ACT II: Women on Fire


Jarred Saralecos
Associate Professor of Forestry
Forestry Program Coordinator
Umpqua Community College

Jarred Saralecos is an Associate Professor of Forestry at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. He also serves as the forestry program coordinator and his teaching load covers forest biology, dendrology, forest technology, soil science, recreation resource management, GIS, and other courses. Saralecos is the faculty advisor for all of the forestry students and the UCC forestry club. One of his roles at UCC is to bring together students and industry partners through internships, workshops, and field tours. Saralecos is a Ph.D. candidate in forest biometrics at the University of Montana. His work balances research, teaching, extension, and industrial forestry. He completed his M.S. in forest operations at the University of Idaho where he focused on log scaling and extension forestry. Beyond academia, he has spent time working for the Idaho Department of Lands, Forest Capital Partners, LLC, and PotlatchDeltic Corporation in various capacities including stand inventory, harvest administration, and log marketing. Jarred is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Forest Products Society.

Jarred Saralecos will host ACT I: Wildfire Moneyball: Analytics for the New Normal


Anjel Tomayko
Federal Lands Forester
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
State of Washington

 At age 37 and a single mother of four children, Tomayko started attending Spokane Community College in the natural resource management program. For a summer internship, she worked as a wildland firefighter on an engine with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Tomayko’s first experience with wildland fire was when her engine responded to one of four fires ignited by lightning on July 14. All four fires eventually merged together and are known as the Carlton Complex, the largest single fire in Washington state history. Her experiences during the Carlton Complex as both a firefighter and temporary member of the Methow Valley community ignited her passion to affect change in both fire and land management. Tomayko transferred to the University of Idaho and completed her B.S. in forest resource management and will graduate this December with an M.S. in natural resource management with an emphasis in fire ecology and management. She has worked four seasons as a wildland firefighter for DNR and the U.S. Forest Service, three on an engine and one on a handcrew. Tomayko now works for the DNR in northeast Washington with the federal lands program in response to the 2014 Farm Bill’s Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). The intent is to expand Forest Service’s capacity with both pace and scale of forest health treatments. As a non-traditional college student with a non-traditional career path, she hopes her story inspires others to pursue careers in natural resources. Tomayko is an active member of the Society of American Foresters.

Anjel Tomayko will be speaking in ACT II: Women on Fire


Abe Wheeler
State Lead O&C Forester
US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Abe Wheeler grew up on a small farm in the Willamette Valley and was always keenly interested in the outdoors. After high school, he earned an Associate’s Degree in business administration from Linn Benton Community College, and then a Bachelor’s Degree in forest management from Oregon State University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007. For over a decade, Wheeler has been actively collaborating with local and regional stakeholders to develop innovative forestry solutions such as promoting fire resiliency, habitat creation and enhancement, and environmentally responsible timber harvest in western Oregon forests. While much of his current job at the state office involves budget, economics, and policy, his true passion is interactive teaching and communication about forestry principles and values with diverse groups of people. An SAF member, this is Wheeler’s third appearance at the Hagenstein Lectures.

Abe Wheeler will be hosting ACT III: Forestry 2040: Action Required

Fearless Voice: Temitope Dauda


Republished with permission from the Columbia Land Trust. Written by Jay Kosa.

Temi Dauda, A forest conservationist and professor from Nigeria and an International Fellow with the World Forestry Center, lends her perspective as August’s fearless voice.

In our “Fearless Voices” series, we profile environmental advocates, organizers, directors, scientists, artists, creators, makers, and DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion)-focused leaders that are re-defining what conservation looks like. For this installment, we connected with Temitope (Temi) Dauda, an International Fellow with the World Forestry Center who is working at Columbia Land Trust to learn more about the non-profit approach to forest conservation in the United States.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a forestry professional from Nigeria living in northeast Portland. I work as an International Fellow with the World Forestry Center, which is based in Portland. As an International Fellow, I am here to learn about forest and landscape conservation initiatives and to network with experts and conservation organizations in the Pacific Northwest. I am here for only 6 months, but I hope to extend these relationships into the future. In the Pacific Northwest, one has the privilege of enjoying different outdoor events, depending on where your interests lie, which is different from how my country operates. For example, I have attended open discussions on motherhood, listened to people talk about lifestyle, health, and so on. Living in the Pacific Northwest for these past few months has been an awesome experience for me. From the feel of nature right from when I step out of my house to traveling through the different parts of the Pacific Northwest to see different landscapes. Though it has not been without some cultural shock. One of my favorite things to do is getting off the bus and walking about an hour to my house after work. I really enjoy doing that because I get to see beautiful gardens and sceneries, and that experience feels new every day. I also like to visit nurseries to window shop for house and outdoor plants. I also love to hike a couple of miles, even though I haven’t done as much as I would like to do because of time constraints. I have enjoyed new cuisines, and it’s very interesting because in the Pacific Northwest, there is a wide variety of everything, even your regular sandwich. I have attended a couple of outdoor events like an urban gardening tour at Lake Oswego. I have also had the opportunity to pick berries at Sauvie Island, which I enjoyed that a lot. I enjoy the fact that everyone seems to be aware and concerned about what is going on in their environment; it makes discussions about conservation easy.

What is your relationship with Pacific Northwest nature and the outdoors like?

My relationship with nature and the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest is what I would describe as impactful. Every time I step out, I learn something new, and I eventually realized that, in the Pacific Northwest, I am close to nature everywhere. However, through the World Forest Institute, I have been able to experience nature much closer and much more than I initially thought I knew. For example, I have learned about the real-life experience of the aftermath of wildfires when we visited Eagle Creek. Such experiences have not only sharpened my view on the urgency of the need for active conservation in the Pacific Northwest but also the need for conservation planning to incorporate issues such as fire disturbance in my country, even though our forests are not as fire-prone as the forests in the Pacific Northwest.

Temitope Dauda, proudly wearing the traditional head-gear of Yoruba tribe of Nigeria

Can you think of an example of “Fearless Conservation”  in your life? What issues of Northwest conservation do you care about most?

The most recent example of fearless conservation in my life is leaving my young daughter behind to come to the United States to learn about conservation in the Pacific Northwest.  However, back home I can think of many examples of fearless conservation. The one that quickly comes to mind is working in the northern part of Nigeria, despite my being a woman and not being a native. I remember everyone being afraid for me when I told them that I was going to northern Nigeria to work. However, this was, and still is, one of my most amazing career experiences. From learning to speak the body language of the local Hausa men in order to establish woodlots and plantations to working without knowing what could happen security-wise the next minute. I successfully worked on the project for three years as a team leader and leaving there became almost impossible because of how much “getting along” that eventually happened.

Where do you work? What are your goals pertaining to your work?

I work as a Professor at Bayero University Kano, Nigeria, which is a publicly-owned tertiary institution in northern Nigeria. I am also an on-the-ground person, and over the years, I have worked and will continue to work with local communities and small landowners. I facilitate on-the-ground conservation work for private organizations. My career goals are to conserve landscapes, restore degraded landscapes, and recruit more ‘landscape champions’.  I would also like to see a future where landscapes are connected while maintaining the ecological values, economic benefits, and socio-cultural values of the communities living in and around these landscapes.

Tell me what comes to mind with the question: What’s Your Place? 

I belong to local communities. I belong where I’m talking to them and motivating them toward conserving landscapes. I belong where I’m helping them explore opportunities and helping them conserve their land in better ways. I belong where I’m in the field with them and getting dirty. When I am in this space, I believe I can fly. Another thing that comes to mind is talking to my students, teaching them about forest and landscapes and sharing my experiences with them. Because I enjoy reading a lot, I believe I also have a place in front of computer screens.


From the Executive Director, WFC Welcomes New Board Members (March 2019)


Joseph Furia
Executive Director

This spring it is my pleasure to welcome four new board members to the World Forestry Center: Craig Blair (President and CEO, Resource Management Service, LLC), Dr. Thomas Easley (Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), Jake Gibbs (President and CEO, Starker Forests), and Court Stanley (President, U.S. Forestry, Port Blakely). These board members bring a wealth of experience from different parts of the country and the forestry sector as well as a deep commitment to a sustainable forestry future.


We are also thankful for the steadfast service of board member, Bruce Daucsavage (President, Ochoco Lumber Company), and we wish him well on his next adventure.

Board Members
Jeff Nuss, Chair
Tiffanie Starr, Vice Chair
Stephen Levesque, Treasurer
Mark Norby, Secretary
Jennifer Allen, Past Chair
Cherie Kearney, Past Vice Chair
Craig Blair
Nils Christoffersen
Kaärsten Turner Dalby
Anthony Davis
Dr. Thomas Easley
Greg Fullem
Jake Gibbs
Victor Haley
Court Stanley

View our full list of board members click here.

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Event Recap: Symposium tackles Workforce Challenges


Panel discussion: Employers of the Future – Executive Forum

More than 30 organizations participated in World Forestry Center’s recent Cultivating Talent: Workforce Strategies for the Forest and Natural Resources Sectors symposium October 25 in Cheatham Hall.

Sponsored by the Collins Foundation and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, this one-day event focused on workforce solutions and featured four keynotes, five panel discussions, and a networking reception. Themes for the day were Employees of the Future and Employers of the Future and featured discussions on communication, training, certification, apprenticeships, recruiting, wages, benefits, retention, inclusion, equity, and diversity.

Erin Isselman of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and state economist Christian Kaylor kicked off the event with provocative keynote presentations on Oregon workforce challenges and opportunities, and effective communication.

Rick Zenn, World Forestry Center senior fellow, was moderator for the Employee Forum. This lively discussion featured young- to mid-career professionals Lisa Ball, Taylor Lucey, Matt Hergerberg, Kaola Swanson, Simon Babcock, and Doug Denning representing a variety of disciplines and organizations, and sharing their ideas and experience about the workplace. Jasmin Brown, a graduate student in forestry at Oregon State University introduced the training and certification panel.

World Forestry Center Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Allen welcomed the day’s final keynote speaker Terry Barker, new CEO of Society of American Foresters from Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information, please visit the Cultivating Talent website:

Erin Isselmann, Executive Director, OFRI

Panel discussion: Employees of the Future – Training & Certification

Terry Baker, CEO, SAF

Thank you to all of our moderators, speakers, and panelist:

  • Simon Babcock, Science Teacher, Philomath High School
  • Terry Baker, CEO, Society of American Foresters
  • Lisa Ball, Logging Systems Specialist-Pacific Northwest Region, U.S. Forest Service
  • Gwen Busby, Director-Economic Research, GreenWood Resources
  • Jasmine Kiara Brown, Graduate Student, Oregon State University
  • Mike Cloughesy, Director of Forestry, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Wallace Corwin, Corporate Manager of Product Integrity, JELD-WEN
  • Doug Denning, Director, Oregon Youth Conservation Corps
  • Rebecca Franklin, Program Director-Forestry Resources Technology, Central Oregon Community College
  • Joseph Furia, Executive Director, World Forestry Center
  • Lisa Gaines, Director, Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon State University
  • Jake Gibbs, President and CEO, Starker Forests, Inc.
  • Matt Hegerberg, President, Heron Timber
  • Erin Isselmann, Executive Director, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Christian Kaylor, Workforce Economist, Oregon Employment Department
  • Nicole Kent, Manager of Advising and Academic Relations, Oregon State University
  • David Howell, Associate District Manager, Bureau of Land Management
  • Taylor Lucey, Director of Manufacturing and Resources, Oregon Forest Industries Council
  • Karen McFarland, Director of Human Resources, Mason, Bruce & Girard
  • Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College
  • Don Motanic, Technical Specialist, Intertribal Timber Council
  • Todd Nell, Director, Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board
  • Kristina Payne, Executive Director, Lane Workforce Partnership
  • Mac Prichard, Founder and Publisher, Mac’s List
  • Dave Rumker, Managing Director and CIO, Campbell Global
  • Eric Schooler, President and CEO, Collins
  • Kelsey Scotch, Corporate Recruiting Manager, Madden Industrial Craftsmen
  • Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager, Associated Oregon Loggers
  • Kaola Swanson, Oregon Program Director, Pacific Forest Trust
  • Shandra Terry, Regional Public Involvement Coordinator-Public Affairs, U.S. Forest Service
  • Leslie Weldon, Senior Executive-Work Environment and Performance Office, U.S. Forest Service
  • Kellye Wise, VP of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Roseburg Forest Products

2018 WFI Fellow’s “Forestry Lightning Talks”


The 2018 WFI International Fellows presented their final independent project findings at the Forestry Lightning Talks hosted at the World Forestry Center on September 13, 2018. The event received great attendance from the local forestry and natural resources community. Here are some of the Fellows’ key findings:

  • Xuejiao Li (China): To promote international collaboration in forestry research at the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the department should pide intercultural communication skills, including English-speaking training, to enhance international conference presentation skills and maximize networking opportunities at conferences.
  • Thammarat Mettanurak (Thailand): The introduction of softwood lumber into the Thai housing market could be furthered through research into alternative sources of high-quality softwood lumber and the use of treated softwood lumber, platform framing, hybrid material construction, and prefab/modular housing.
  • Tuan Phan (Vietnam): Carbon pricing can incentivize private and government entities to reduce emission levels through investing in energy-efficient technology and switching to clean energy. Such policies under consideration in Vietnam would address social and economic justice, benefit local communities, and protect the environment.
  • Meei-ru Jeng (Taiwan): To establish a feasible biochar supply chain in Taiwan, fruit orchard trimming waste should be considered for use as a source for biochar production. Biochar should be promoted for use on high-value crops to achieve increased yields.
  • Jeen Bunnik (Netherlands): There is no “one size fits all” solution for forestry education and operations. Instead, forestry policy is multi-layered and unique to each specific region and as such, should be tailored to local forestry operation dynamics.

Click here to watch the presentations on the WFI YouTube channel


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World Forestry Center Names New Executive Director



Joseph Furia, World Forestry Center,
Christina Williams, 503.539.3619

World Forestry Center Names New Executive Director,
Convenes Industry Leaders

Joseph Furia joins the venerable nonprofit on the eve of its annual conference that draws major players from the global forest management and investment industry to Portland

PORTLAND, OR, September 25, 2018 — Joseph Furia has taken over as executive director of the World Forestry Center (WFC), a 52-year-old nonprofit champion of sustainable forest management.

The announcement comes as the WFC launches its 14th annual Who Will Own the Forest? conference, which gathers forest industry leaders from across the world to discuss the future of the complex business of owning and managing forestlands for investment in conservation and timber products.

“Society and the natural world do not exist in vacuums separate from each other, we are interconnected and interdependent,” said Joseph Furia, executive director of the World Forestry Center. “Nowhere is that more evident than in forestry, and I’m thrilled to take the helm of an organization that has long held that perspective.”

A lawyer by training, Furia also brings expertise in business, public policy, and nonprofit management to his new role at the World Forestry Center. He has worked on solving a broad range of natural resources issues as well as conducting marketing and business development for technology and hybrid-electric vehicle companies.

“Joe’s professional background prepares him to authentically engage with individuals from across the forestry spectrum, on issues that span federal regulation, conservation concerns, and cutting-edge business practices.” said Jennifer Allen, associate professor at Portland State University and chair of the World Forestry Center Board of Directors. “The Board was united in our belief that he’s the best leader to take the World Forestry Center forward in a time when our forests are more important than ever.”

Sustainable forestry, central to the World Forestry Center’s mission, has long been a part of the forest product industry, but more recently has added new ecological services products, such as water quality management and carbon sequestration, to the portfolio of products offered by forests alongside timber. The WFC’s museum and event space provides a natural place to educate the public on these and other innovations in the industry, and the organization also sits at the intersection of the past and future of forestry technology.

“The World Forestry Center was established by long-time timber families to help the world better understand the full range of benefits and products provided by our forests,” said David Hampton, owner and board member of Hampton Tree Farms in Salem, WFC Advisory Council member, and a former WFC board chair. “The Center plays a critical role in both honoring the legacy of these industry leaders and continuing to advance understanding of sustainable forestry management, which is essential for a healthy economy and environment.”

Recognizing that forest issues aren’t regionally specific, the WFC also runs the World Forest Institute, which brings forestry professionals from around the world together to learn and share best practices.

“Oregon is at the center of western forestry and with its 50-year history, the World Forestry Center is uniquely positioned as a place for education and for global thinking on what the next 50 years of this industry will bring,” said Jeff Nuss, president and CEO of Portland-based GreenWood Resources.

WFC’s Who Will Own the Forest? conference runs Sept. 25-27 in Portland. Visit for more information.

About the World Forestry Center:

Founded in 1966, the World Forestry Center (WFC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and inspiring champions of sustainable forestry. Based in Portland, Oregon, the WFC provides critical programs in convening and professional development of global leaders and practitioners in forestry and related fields. Through its World Forest Institute Program, the WFC has hosted public and private forest professionals from over 40 countries to advance research, networking, and knowledge exchange. For more information visit


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.