World Forest Institute (WFI)

WFI Founder Harry A. Merlo Leaves Lasting Legacy

Educating Foresters from Around the World

“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 program showcasing the US Pacific Northwest's historic leadership in forest practices. Join other international professionals as they engage in a 6-month knowledge exchange about sustainable forestry. Learn how to become a World Forestry Fellow.

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
Deputy Director

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.

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.


Shadia Duery
International Fellowship Program Manager

Shadia manages that World Forest Institute International Fellowship Program. She supervises a wide range of natural resources focused research projects and leads regional study tours and seminars for visiting forestry and natural resource professionals. She has over 15 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 Planning and Management.


Vivian Bui
WFI Professional Programs Coordinator

Vivian Bui is a wildlife biologist with nine years of fieldwork experience and six years of leadership in project management with public and private natural resource organizations. She has an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis.