Global Connections. Regional Roots. March 2019
To Create and Inspire Champions of Sustainable Forestry
From Joseph Furia, Executive Director 
This spring it is my pleasure to welcome three new board members to the World Forestry Center: Craig Blair (President and CEO, Resource Management Service, LLC), Dr. Thomas Easley (Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), and Court Stanley (President, U.S. Forestry, Port Blakely). These board members bring a wealth of experience from different parts of the country and the forestry sector as well as a deep commitment to a sustainable forestry future.

We are also thankful for the steadfast service of board member, Bruce Daucsavage (President, Ochoco Lumber Company), and we wish him well on his next adventure. 
Craig Blair
Dr. Thomas Easley
Court Stanley
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 forestry. This month we are honored to spotlight Herbert A. Templeton. 
Mr. Templeton awarding scholarships to students at Eastern Oregon College (now known as Eastern Oregon University)
Herbert A. Templeton was a professional lumberman whose entrepreneurial spirit and leadership helped shape the forest products industry in the western United States. During his fifty-three-year career, he was involved in all aspects of the business: he owned and managed retail lumberyards; operated a wholesale lumber business; manufactured lumber products; owned and managed extensive timberlands in Wallowa, Union and Umatilla counties in Northeastern Oregon and in Polk, Benton and Lincoln counties; and operated the Valley and Siletz Railroad, mainly in the mid-Willamette Valley.

Mr. Templeton made his way from Iowa, where he was born, to the Pacific Northwest by way of Montana. In 1906 he opened a lumberyard near Billings, Montana. He later merged his business with the Rogers Lumber Company and became managing officer of the Rogers-Templeton Lumber Company. When Rogers-Templeton and three other competitors formed Monarch Lumber Company in 1920, he became president and managing officer. Soon after, in 1924, he sold his interest in the company and relocated his family in Portland, Oregon. Once in Portland, he formed the Herbert A. Templeton Lumber Company, a national wholesale business involved in selling lumber and lumber products purchased from Oregon mills. He would remain involved in company operations until he retired in 1959, after his company merged with Boise Cascade Corporation.
In 1955 he created the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation. Through his foundation he devoted his time and energy to help improve the quality of life for all Oregonians. More than sixty years later the foundation remains committed to the same mission and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren are carrying on Mr. Templeton’s legacy. 

Mr. and Mrs. Templeton were passionate about bettering higher education in Oregon. He played a major role in building Lewis & Clark College into a leading liberal arts school. He served on the school’s board of directors for sixteen years and was board chairman for eight years. The student activities building on the Lewis & Clark campus is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Templeton. In 1976, Mrs. Templeton endowed a scholarship fund at Lewis & Clark College for female students of “good character who add to the quality of life on campus.” Every year the scholarship fund supports dozens of female students. In recognition of Mr. Templeton’s efforts on behalf of higher education he received honorary degrees from Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College.

Mr. Templeton has been described as a gentleman who lived by the golden rule and treated everyone honestly and fairly. He was inducted into the Forestry Leadership Hall in 1986. The World Forestry Center is pleased to honor Mr. Templeton and recognize his significant contributions to the forest industry and to the state of Oregon.
We invite you to visit the Forestry Leadership Hall located on the second floor of the Discovery Museum. For more information  click here .
World Forest Institute News and Updates
International Fellowship Program
We are excited to welcome the 2019 International Fellows! This year we are hosting eight champions of sustainable forestry from around the world whose research topics include: best practices in agroforestry; carbon markets; implications of pests, disease, and climate change in forest management; impact of controlled burns versus wildfires; talent development in the forestry sector; and modeling and design of multifunctional landscapes.
During their program, the Fellows can look forward to going on numerous natural resource-related study tours throughout the Pacific Northwest, attending multiple natural resources conferences, presenting to various audiences on their research topics, and enjoying week-long educational trips to the California redwoods and to Eastern Oregon.

Read more about the 2019 Fellows here and follow their learning adventures starting the first week of April on Facebook and on the WFI Blog .
Calendar of Events and Conferences
2019 Fellows Community Reception
Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Discovery Museum, Fountain Hall
Enjoy a casual evening with refreshments, light appetizers, and engaging conversation as we welcome this year’s Fellows. They have come from around the world to Oregon to exchange knowledge about sustainable forestry practices.

This is a great networking opportunity to meet your neighbors, friends, and colleagues in the natural resources community and to connect with the International Fellows!

This event is free with registration.

Questions? Email Vivian Bui at
A Conversation with John Maclean
hosted by Doug Decker
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Miller Hall, World Forestry Center

Doors open 6:00 pm
Book signing 6:30 pm
Program 7:00 pm
John N. Maclean
Doug Decker
“One of the very best writers to deal with the American West.” - Washington Post

Join the nation’s leading wildfire writer and observer, John N. Maclean, and Oregon’s former State Forester and historian Doug Decker at the World Forestry Center for an evening of lively conversation and unique insights on the complex relationship between fire, forests and people.

Drawing on a lifetime of living with fire and a long career as a reporter and respected author of Fire on the Mountain , Maclean will share his sharp observations on western landscapes, wildfires, firefighting, tragedy, memory, writing, and the art of storytelling.

Craft beer, wine, food, new friends, provocative ideas, and great conversation.

This event is free, but advance tickets are required.
Discovery Museum
Timber Culture: The History of Maxville, Oregon –
A City United and Divided

On display through June 30, 2019

This exhibit provides a comprehensive look at Oregon’s multicultural logging industry. Through a series of historical photographs from the Maxville logging operation, the exhibit depicts the lives of loggers and their families drawn together from different cultures during the Great Migration.
This exhibit is on loan from the Maxville Heritage Interpretative Center.
Visit the Forest Store in the Discovery Museum

Stop by and check out our colorful forest-related gifts perfect for any occasion. Featured here: bottle openers made from recycled skateboards (crafted in Portland), busy bees thumbtacks, cheese log cheese board, birch and bamboo paper straws, and wine stoppers in the shape of bananas and acorns. 
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For more information about the World Forestry Center, please contact
Merrit Thompson, Development and Community Relations Manager
at 503-488-2122 or