Who Will Own the Forest?

Our annual Who Will Own the Forest? conference is one of the largest timberland investment gatherings in the world.

World Forestry Center’s Who Will Own the Forest? conference brings together timberland managers, investors, and stakeholders to share innovation, build community, and be inspired. The two-day event is one of the largest timberland investment gatherings in the world.

Who Will Own the Forest? 16

Sept. 22 – 24, 2020

This year’s conference includes an evening reception on September 22, sessions and another reception on September 23, and final sessions on September 24.

Registration will open shortly.


Interested in sponsoring?

Promote your company at one of the largest timberland investment events in the world.


Forest Products Forum

Sept. 22, 2020

The Forest Products Forum runs just prior to Who Will Own the Forest? on September 22, 2020. This separate single-day conference features expert presentations from Forest Economic Advisers and guest speakers on wood markets. Enjoy discounted rates for joint registration to both events.

Women in Timber Social

Sept. 23, 2020, 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Please join us in Cheatham Hall for a networking event sponsored by conference hosts Eversheds Sutherland and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Event is free with conference registration.

Registration will open shortly.


Conference Agenda

Timberland Roundtable

From a little known alternative asset to a mature asset class offering a less volatile return somewhere between bonds and equities, where will timberland head next?   

Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy and Wood Product Markets

Exploring the short and long-term impacts of the global Coronavirus pandemic on the economy generally and the Wood Products markets specifically.

Regional Outlook for Timberland Prices

What is the outlook for timberland prices in various regions?

Timber as a Net Positive ESG Strategy

Institutional investors are interested in learning the best path to carbon storage in timberland.  What does current science say about carbon sequestration in production forestry and wood products?

Growing Timber Markets

Wood use promotion campaigns and their successes in growing long-term demand for timber.

Status of the Softwood Export Market

An Update on the Spruce bark beetle infestation and Tariffs

The Forest Resilience Bond

A look at a unique partnership that deploys investor capital to finance the upfront costs of forest restoration efforts to reduce the risk of wildfire, avoid carbon emissions, and protect communities and ecosystems.

Quantifying and Mitigating Climate Risks for Timberland Owners

How might climate change impact operations at a landowner level, and how do landowners mitigate increased disturbance risks, and financial losses? 


Interested in Speaking?

Interested in presenting at this year’s Who Will Own the Forest? conference? Submit your proposal to the planning committee and we will contact you if you are selected to present.


Continuing Education Credits: Pending

  • Society of American Foresters
  • Oregon Certified Public Accountants
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Oregon Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board

Staying in Portland

We have room discounts arranged with some of the city’s top hotels. Learn more about lodging and directions.


Thank you to our Organizing Committee:

  • ​​Clark Binkley, formerly GreenWood Resources, Committee Co-Chair
  • Jim Hourdequin, The Lyme Timber Company, Committee Co-Chair
  • Gwen Busby, GreenWood Resources
  • Carter Coe, Chinook Forest Partners
  • Tiffanie Starr, Timberland Investment Resources
  • Court Stanley, Port Blakely
  • Joe Taggart, LandVest
  • Marshall Thomas, F&W Forestry

​Questions? Email World Forestry Deputy Director Sara Wu at swu@worldforestry.org.