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Fearless Voice: Temitope Dauda

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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
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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 provide 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.

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.