World Forest Institute (WFI)

WFI Founder Harry A. Merlo Leaves Lasting Legacy

Educating Foresters from Around the World

WFI Program | WFI Staff

“We invest in people, so they can sustain
the world’s forests.”

The World Forest Institute (WFI) offers professional development and continuing education programs for foresters and other natural resource professionals, including land managers, researchers, educators, attorneys, investors and the timber industry.

WFI Programs

International Fellowship—An award-winning 6 month program showcasing Oregon’s historic leadership in forest practices. Join other international professionals as they learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest.  Learn how to become a World Forestry Fellow and check out the WFI Fellowship video below and blog.

Conferences & Events –Keep up to date on emerging trends in the forestry and environmental sectors, and network with leaders in these fields. We offer a range of events from small meetings and free lectures to mid and large scale conferences. Order proceedings if you missed these events.

World Forest Institute Staff


Sara Wu
World Forest Institute

Sara oversees the Institute and its professional education programs, which include the International Fellowship Program and various conferences on global forestry issues. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration, dual Bachelor degrees in Economics and Religion, and has co-authored papers in Science, AMBIO and the International Forestry Review journals.

Chandalin was WFI Fellowship Program Manager from 2009, and in 2015 became the Sr. Programs Manager overseeing a range of professional development programs at WFI. Previously, she worked with the Oregon Department of Forestry as a monitoring specialist, and conducted forest pathology research at the University of Nevada and the University of Idaho, where she earned a Masters degree in Forest Resources.


Shadia Duery
International Fellowship Program Manager

Shadia supervises a wide range of forest sector research projects and leads regional tours and seminars for visiting forestry and natural resource professionals. She has over 10 years of work experience and education in forestry working in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, and a dual M.S. in Forestry and Environmental Science.


Rick Zenn

Rick is an award-winning environmental educator with over 35 years professional experience overseeing teacher programs, community outreach, and partnerships and volunteers. He has directed the International Educators Institute since 1996 and has worked on educational initiatives with the Smithsonian Institution and the American Forest Foundation.