Global Connections. Regional Roots. November 2017
To Create and Inspire Champions of Sustainable Forestry
From Sara Wu, Interim Executive Director 
The Hagenstein Lectures Return to Portland

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, OR. 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 inter-generational panel that provided a wonderful opportunity for the panelists to share their experiences and cross-fertilize ideas.  
Forestry Leadership Hall Spotlight
In 1971, the World Forestry Center began a tradition of honoring those pioneers who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the forestry sector in business, government, or education. 

The Starker Forests story starts with T.J. Starker, one of the first four graduates from the Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University College of Forestry. T.J.’s son Bruce joined him in the forestry profession and they both started buying forestland as a personal investment. Bruce’s sons, Bond and Barte, were born into a forestry family and joined their grandfather and father in buying and managing forestland in western Oregon. All four men graduated with degrees in forestry from OSU and its predecessor institutions. T.J. was a professor of forestry at Oregon Agriculture College prior to becoming a full-time manager of his forests in 1942. His love for teaching about forestry became a family value. Bruce brought an interest in reforestation and innovation in forest practices that his sons carried on after his untimely death in an airplane crash in 1975. In 1981, the family consolidated their individual holdings into a company now known as Starker Forests, Inc.  

We invite you to visit the Forestry Leadership Hall located on the second floor of the Discovery Museum. For more information  click here .

Pictured below: The Starker brothers, circa 1952
Today, Starker Forests owns and manages over 85,000 acres of forestland in western Oregon. The company was guided by Bond and Barte Starker, supported by a dedicated staff of foresters from the time Bruce died in 1975 to this year when Bond joined Barte in retirement. Bond continues to guide the Starker legacy as the Chair of the Board of Directors, which includes Bond’s and Barte’s wives, and three of their four children. The long-time, dedicated Starker Forests staff is now led by new CEO and President Jake Gibbs. Starker Forests continues the legacy of Bond and Barte by investing heavily in public education, outreach, and forestry research. The company issues over 2,200 free recreational use permits for their lands each year. Starker’s education and public outreach programs are unparalleled among private companies in Oregon. Their foresters engage in many community events and offer tours that reach over 1,500 people annually. In the summer, the company offers free weekly tours of the forest to the public guided by a professional forester. Outreach to schools touches all grades from kindergarten through college and includes hosting 700 elementary school students who come to the forest each year for field trips; field lab visits for OSU College of Forestry students are also organized.
Barte always encouraged the company’s foresters to look for new ways to accomplish their tasks and improve the health and vigor of the forest. He instructed them to be not just “cutting edge” but “bleeding edge” in their thinking. Barte was an early champion of the Oregon Plan for Salmon, leading the company to voluntarily replace hundreds of culverts to make them passable for fish. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of mechanized thinning systems and their ability to create snags for wildlife habitat while thinning the stand to increase tree vigor and growth rates. Following in Bond and Barte’s legacy, the Starker Forests staff and family continue to work closely with the faculty of the OSU College of Forestry and other research institutes to encourage and perform research and imagine the possibilities of forestry in the future.
In honor of Starker leadership, the Society of American Foresters (SAF) will present Starker Forests, Inc. with the Employee Leadership Award, which recognizes an employer who demonstrates leadership through consistent support of employee participation in SAF and broad engagement in the profession. This award will be presented in November at the 2017 SAF National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Barte and Bond Starker in 1970
Bond and Barte Starker in 2007
World Forest Institute News and Updates
The 2017 World Forest Institute Lightning Talks (final project presentations) are now available on videos online. The less-than-10-minute presentations showcase the diversity of projects that our international fellows accomplished this year. The fellow’s projects are possible every year thanks to our community of stakeholders willing to share their knowledge with our international visitors.

Please share the videos with your friends, family and colleagues.
Update from WFI Alumni, Andrea Cornejo

Andrea works as a Research Associate at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment at the University of Central America , Managua, Nicaragua. In this position, she supports research related to forestry, ecosystem health, and development of non-timber forest products. She is launching a Forum on Forests and Sustainable Forest Management that will be part of a series of lectures to create a continuous conversation on forestry-related topics.
Andrea Cornejo from Nicaragua, 2016 Alumni
Conferences and Convening 
Don't miss the WFC's Forests~Water~Health Part 2
November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Doors open 8:00 am
Program 8:30 - 11:00 am
$15 General / $5 Student
Thank you to our sponsors!
In partnership with Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the WFC's Discovery Museum opens "The Future of Tall"  
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.

The Future of Tall explores the present and future of mass timber and how it’s rapidly gaining attention among architects, engineers, developers and contractors.
Museum Hours:
Labor Day - Memorial Day
10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday - Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

General Admission: $7.00

Discovery Museum
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
The World Forestry Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are proud to recognize our individual supporters and community partners .
For more information about the World Forestry Center, please contact Wendy Mitchell, Development and Community Relations Director,
at 503-488-2111 or