Global Connections. Regional Roots.
In Memoriam
The Legacy of Harry A. Merlo
Harry A. Merlo, long-time World Forestry Center Board Director and past  Chair of the Executive Board, passed away October 24, 2016, at his home in Portland, Oregon. 

Read about Harry's legacy and his inspirational program, the World Forest Institute International Fellowship Program.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of Harry Merlo please contact Wendy Mitchell, Development Director, at 503-488-2111 or

Harry A. Merlo
WFC Board of Directors Update
Jennifer Allen
Chair of the Board
WFC Welcomes New Board Members
On November 16, the World Forestry Center Board voted to restructure itself, electing a 13-person governance board and an expanded Advisory Board. 

Looking to the future, we have some exciting work ahead building on our history and bringing diverse voices together to solve some of the toughest issues facing forestry today. Please help us welcome our new board members:

2016-2017 Board Members: 
Jennifer Allen (Chair)
Nils Christoffersen
Kaärsten Turner Dalby
Bruce Daucsavage*
Anthony Davis*
Greg Fullem
Victor Haley
Cherie Kearney (Vice-chair)
Stephen Levesque*
Mark Norby
Jeff Nuss
Daniel O’Brien*
Tiffanie Starr*  (Treasurer)

To learn more about our board members, read their bios here.

* indicates new board members
Events and Conferences
Forests ~ Water ~ Health: December 14
Uncover t he surprising ways climate change affects community health through its impact on water and forests. Learn about our panel of experts and register.
World Forest Institute News

Eric Farm (at podium), coastal operations and marketing manager at Barnes and Associates Inc., was one of three panelists at the inaugural Hagenstein Lecture on October 9. Seated, from left: Abraham Wheeler, a lead forester with the Bureau of Land Management; moderator Travis Joseph, president of the American Forest Resource Council; and Sue Baker, a research fellow at the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Photo by Wasim Muklashy,

Bill Hagenstein’s Legacy: Telling the Public about Forestry
In October, the Society of American Foresters and the World Forestry Center inaugurated the Hagenstein Lectures, a series of public talks designed to create a robust and ongoing local-global conversation about real opportunities to advance sustainable forestry in the 21st century.

At the 2016 Society of American Foresters National Convention, Eric Vines (left), executive director of the World Forestry Center, announced the induction of Gifford Pinchot into the World Forestry Center’s Leadership Hall. Will Price, president of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, accepted the award on behalf of the Pinchot family. Photo by Josh Zytkiewicz,

Gifford Pinchot Inducted into Leadership Hall at World Forestry Center
In conjunction with the Society of American Foresters and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, the World Forestry Center inducted Gifford Pinchot into its Leadership Hall.

Benefit for the World Forestry Center
Proceeds from
ChocolateFest benefit the educational programs of the World Forestry Center.
About the World Forestry Center
The World Forestry Center is working to connect people to the importance of sustainable forest management.

As 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 Amber Morrison, Development Manager, at 503-488-2122 or