WORLD FORESTRY CENTER

To create and inspire champions of sustainable forestry.

aka World Forest Institute   |   Portland, OR   |  www.worldforestry.org

Mission

Creating and Inspiring Champions of Sustainable Forestry Since 1966 the World Forestry Center has worked to create and inspire champions of sustainable forestry. We are focused on shaping a society that values and takes action to support the economic, ecological, and social benefits of forests. As a trusted resource in the forestry space, the World Forestry Center has a strong foundation upon which to build a healthier forestry future.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Joseph A Furia

Main address

4033 SW Canyon Road

Portland, OR 97221 USA

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Formerly known as

Western Forestry Center

EIN

93-6034757

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

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International Fellowship Program

An award-winning program showcasing the Pacific Northwest's historic leadership in forest practices. The program provides professional development and continuing education programs for foresters and other natural resource professionals, including land managers, researchers, educators, attorneys, investors, and the timber industry.

Since 1993, more than 140 Fellows from 45 countries have participated in the program. The Fellows spend 6 months in Oregon, learning about forest practices and policies, and making connections with PNW land managers, businesses and other organizations.

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Adults

We create experiences that connect the public to its interdependence on forests. The heart of this work is our Discovery Museum, which educates visitors about environmental sustainability and the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The museum features information on the natural systems, structures, and cycles of forests, the history of forestry, culture and innovation, and the challenges and solutions of sustainable forestry.

Built in the dramatic Northwest Regional-style architecture, the Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971 and is the centerpiece of our public programming. With imaginative, interactive, dynamic content that speaks to the most relatable issues in forestry today, the museum is our most accessible and inclusive means of engaging people of all ages. On average, 25,000 people visit the museum each year.

The first floor focuses on the forests of the Pacific Northwest and the role they play in providing habitat, water, recreation, forest products, and a multitude of other benefits. The second floor tells global forest stories exploring climate, wildlife, and how people around the world are connected to and dependent on their local forests. It also includes Forestry Leadership Hall, a place to recognize and honor those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forestry.

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The Hagenstein Lectures connect foresters to the public, identifying and amplifying the work of emerging leaders in forestry.

In partnership with the Society of American Foresters, the World Forestry Center hosts lectures and educational events for the public, anchored by the event series, The Hagenstein Lectures, which features conversations among leaders in forestry, policy, conservation, journalism, and related fields, and is designed to inspire deeper inquiry into issues affecting our forests and society.

This event series created in honor of professional forester William D. Hagenstein, who died in Portland at age 99 in 2014.

“We are wise enough to see a different future based on our mutual desire to find new ground and new trust.” - W.D. Hagenstein

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Who Will Own the Forest returns as a special hybrid event in 2021, combining the best of both virtual and in-person elements. This format will allow us to deliver the content you’ve come to expect, as well as offer the irreplaceable networking experience of our in-person Who Will Own the Forest events.

Virtual presentations will consist of four 2-hour episodes, including speaker panels, live Q&A, and multiple breakout sessions, and will livestream weekly from October 6 to 27. Join us for an Opening Reception Social at World Forestry Center on September 28.

2021 Agenda

Episode 1: Investing Big in Carbon: Can Forests Compete?
October 6, 2021, 10-11:15am PDT
Global capital sources are mobilizing to address climate change at a scale not seen before. With forests representing nearly 75% of the total global natural climate solutions opportunity set, what do these new capital inflows mean for the forest sector and its ability to deliver climate benefits alongside returns and traditional forest products? What attributes are these new timberland investors and forest carbon buyers seeking? How will these new entrants drive and shape forestry and forest carbon offset markets? And what does the forest industry need to do to respond and adapt?

Moderator: Mark Wishnie, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group

Episode 2: Developing Paths to Equity
October 13, 2021, 10-11:15am PDT
Federal land settlements and agricultural policies are providing some funding for programs to help minority groups reclaim forestlands. What are some of the challenges addressed by these innovative programs to help redress Black land loss? How can they promote sustainable landscapes, timber management, and economic return?

Moderator: Mavis Gragg, American Forestry Foundation
Dãnia C. Davy, Esq., Federation of Southern Cooperative
Tharlyn Fox, Deere & Company
Tom Martin, American Forest Foundation

Episode 3: Implementing ESG Strategies: How Two Leading TIMOs are Responding to the Challenge
October 20, 2021, 10-11:15am PDT
Interest in environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) investing has grown, but investors and managers continue to struggle to define it. What does ESG investing mean? What are the organizational and operational priorities that must be implemented to achieve ESG goals?

Moderator: Chris Larson, New Island Capital
Jim Hourdequin, The Lyme Timber Company
Radha Kuppalli, New Forests

Episode 4: Innovation and Disruption: An Update on the Dynamic Mass Timber Sector
October 6, 2021, 10-11:15am PDT
The mass timber industry, much like the rest of the construction and wood products sectors, has had a dynamic year – from the fall of early innovative firms to the rise of new firms, from skyrocketing supply costs to manufacturing cost savings. But with more, bigger mass timber buildings going up from Arkansas to Oregon, what’s clear is that mass timber is here to stay. Learn about the latest developments, projects, growing pains and exciting innovations in this sector, and what it could mean for the timber industry.

Karim Khalifa, Sidewalk Labs

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A Community & Expert Summit on Catastrophic Wildfire in Oregon and Beyond

Wildfire ravaged much of the western United States in 2020.
Towns were destroyed, homes and businesses evacuated, forests incinerated, and lives lost. In Oregon, vast swaths of rural communities like Talent and Detroit were devastated by sweeping megafires.

But every Oregonian was impacted by widespread evacuations, life-threatening smoke, damage to vineyards and other crops, and staggering costs siphoning critical tax dollars away from other essential public services. As with all matters related to climate change, the greatest impacts were on our most vulnerable communities: low-income families, communities of color, the sick, the elderly, and the young.

These megafires also accelerated their climate effects, with carbon emissions from wildfires in the U.S. alone increasing 30% over the previous year.

The 2020 season was the latest record-breaking year in the West, continuing a 20-year trend that is only worsening.

But there is hope.

As wildfire impacts broaden, so has the coalition of parties seeking solutions. Small town mayors and tribal leaders, experts in public health and social justice, CEOs and scientists are speaking up.

World Forestry Center brought together representatives from this broadening coalition in a five-week virtual summit focused on the Oregon example.

Matt Donegan, chair of the Oregon Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response, was joined by community leaders Charles Wilhoite and Katrina Holland, to lead this series of virtual talks.

We heard from community leaders to understand the full impacts of megafires on our state and our region; discussed real solutions shaped by decades of experience across the globe; and addressed the barriers to achieving these solutions.

This free public series is for anyone who cares about the health of our society, our environment, or our economy. Catastrophic wildfire impacts us all. But together we can end the era of megafires.

https://www.worldforestry.org/wildfire/

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WORLD FORESTRY CENTER

Board of directors
as of 8/19/2021
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Board chair

Jeff Nuss

Greenwood Resources

Term: 2019 -

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes