Global Connections. Regional Roots. February 2019
To Create and Inspire Champions of Sustainable Forestry
From Joseph Furia, Executive Director 
The human story of forestry is often underappreciated. Just last week I met with someone touting the latest advances in science, technology and financial vehicles that are revolutionizing forestry. I do not disagree with the importance of these improvements, but I do believe that whether these tools enjoy widespread adoption likely depends as much on relationships developed in bringing them to market as on the inventions themselves. In a heavily-regulated market like forestry, people and their opinions matter. And the key to reaching people is the human story.

At the World Forestry Center, we focus on those stories – we share stories of the past in leadership hall and the museum; we help shape stories as they are written in professional forestry events and workshops; and we help create the stories of forestry’s future with our fellows program. This month we highlight the stories of 2018 Leadership Hall inductees Allyn C. Ford, Mari Hill Harpur, Robert E. Wertheimer and John Wilkinson. We also welcome new fellows from Malawi, Taiwan, Nigeria, China, Brazil, United Kingdom, France and Costa Rica. In addition, we encourage you to visit the museum to see the Maxville exhibit – a multi-cultural logging town in eastern Oregon that appeared and disappeared over a few short-decades in the early twentieth century, but now lives on through the eyes of relatives of those residents. Finally, join us on May 2nd to listen to stories from wildfire author John Maclean, hosted by former Oregon State Forester and historian, Doug Decker, as part of the continuing Hagenstein Lecture series. 
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 delighted to spotlight our recent Inductees Allyn C. Ford, Mari Hill Harpur, Robert E. Wertheimer, and John Wilkinson.
In 2018 the World Forestry Center was honored to induct four forestry leaders who have all made substantial and meaningful contributions to the advancement of forestry and forest products worldwide.

The Forestry Leadership Hall is a way for the World Forestry Center to celebrate the inductee’s personal achievements and recognize their dedication and contributions to forestry.
Allyn C. Ford
It was 1966. Lyndon B. Johnson was president. The Vietnam War was underway. NASA astronauts completed the second U.S. spacewalk. A patient in Texas received the world’s first artificial heart. And Allyn Ford joined Roseburg Forest Products after receiving his master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.

That was the beginning of a career that would span 50 years at the company that Allyn’s father, Kenneth Ford, founded in 1936 with a single sawmill patched together with equipment salvaged from junk dealers. Looking back over those five decades, Allyn said his career with Roseburg has been a blessing.

Mari Hill Harpur
Mari Hill Harpur has always possessed a passion for trees. She credits this passion to having grown up enriched by foresters and a forestry community that supported her both as friends and mentors. Howard Dew, a long-time forester friend and an early planner of her family’s Douglas-fir seed orchard, once said: “I never met a tree I did not like.” Mari’s attitude epitomizes this sentiment.

Her introduction to sustainable forestry was in 1956 when she was six years old and visiting the family forest in Sweet Home, Oregon, in the Cascade Mountains. Douglas-fir trees towered above her as she collected their fallen cones from the forest floor.

Robert E. Wertheimer
Robert E. “Bob” Wertheimer was born in Longview, Washington, in 1928. Bob’s father, Robert S. Wertheimer was the mill manager for Longview Fibre Company, and the son of company’s co-founder, Monroe Wertheimer. Longview Fibre Company was incorporated in 1926. The primary operation it was incorporated for was operation of a paper mill in Longview, Washington. Construction was completed in 1927, of a mill with offices and one machine to produce linerboard (heavy paper used in corrugated boxes). 

The first customer of Longview Fibre Company was General Fibre Box in Springfield, Massachusetts. As the company grew, linerboard and corrugating medium for corrugated boxes were essential products of the company. Bob was in charge of the Container Division, which produced corrugated boxes for most of his career.

John Wilkinson
John Wilkinson, a native Oregonian, grew up on a small family farm near the Snow Peak Logging Camp where his father Ray worked as a logger and heavy equipment mechanic. After graduating from Stanford University with an MBA in 1965, John had a choice of employers. He and his wife Judy preferred PNW-based companies since they wanted to remain near family. When Weyerhaeuser offered John a position, saying “yes” was an easy decision. They moved to Tacoma, WA where John joined the Weyerhaeuser Timberlands Division.

John’s 40-plus year career in the forestry industry started even before joining Weyerhaeuser. For two summers during college he worked for the Linn County Fire Patrol and another summer he set chokers at Willamette Industries’ Snow Peak Logging Camp. 

The Forestry Leadership Hall is located on the second floor of the Discovery Museum. You will find each inductee’s framed biography organized in drawers and in alphabetical order for easy locating and reading.

The biographies describe the life and career of the individuals honored and contributes to the collective history of leadership within the forestry sector of the Pacific Northwest and the world. 

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
Meet our 2019 World Forest Institute
International Fellows
This year WFI will be hosting eight Fellows: Richard Banda from Malawi; Fen-hui Chen from Taiwan; Temitope Dauda from Nigeria; Zhongyuan Ding from China; Ana Paula Kanoppa from Brazil; William Maiden from the United Kingdom; Romain Matile from France; and Rodolfo Vieto from Costa Rica. 

They will spend six months learning about sustainable forestry practices in the Pacific Northwest while teaching us about forest practices in their respective countries. Our Fellows’ backgrounds and interests vary widely and include topics such as: 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.

Read more about our Fellows here and follow their learning adventures starting the first week of April on Facebook and on the WFI Blog .
Top row, left to right: Romain Matile, Richard Banda, Rodolfo Vieto, and Zhongyuan Ding.
Bottom row, left to right: Ana Paula Kanoppa, Fen-hui Chen, William Maiden, and Temitope Dauda.  

Join us Thursday, April 25 at the community reception for the Fellows. Event details below.
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 WFI professionals!

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

“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.
John N. Maclean
Doug Decker
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.
Reciprocal Membership Program Returns in 2019
For the fourth year, museums and attractions in the Portland metro area and beyond have teamed up to offer a reciprocal membership program.

Through 2019, your WFC membership is your key to free admission for four people to a different attraction each month! 
Not a WFC member?
Your $60.00 Friends and Family Membership can be purchased online or by calling
In March use your World Forestry Center membership for four free admissions to Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum!
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
Merrit Thompson, Development and Community Relations Manager
at 503-488-2122 or