Global Connections. Regional Roots. October 2019
To Create and Inspire Champions of Sustainable Forestry
From Joseph Furia, Executive Director 

Forests and forestry are changing.

How could they not when faced with an increasing population, changing climate, shifting demographics, emerging technologies, and intensifying wildfires?

Since 1966, the World Forestry Center has adapted with forestry's changes. The roots of our mission – to create and inspire champions of sustainable forestry – have remained consistent. But our methods and programs have evolved with the needs of the time.

We are focused on shaping a society that values and takes action to support the economic, ecological, and social values of forests. We know that a sustainable forestry future calls for careful choices and collaborations. It requires that key stakeholders have important conversations about complex issues. It demands that people imagine and invest in what is possible. 

And our ability to keep up with the changing future of forestry depends on the support of a network of donors, sponsors, partners, and volunteers. We can not do this work alone.

This email full of examples of how the World Forestry Center is already doing this work. But in the years ahead, as forestry continues to evolve, so must we. We must strengthen what is working, refine what could work better, and build what tomorrow’s sustainable forestry challenges require. The health of our economy, our environment, and our society depends on it.

Now is the time. Join us.
Governor Brown Returns to the World Forestry Center
for Wildfire Update 
“The time to act is now,” agreed Oregon Governor Kate Brown as she addressed the members of the Oregon Council on Wildfire Response at the World Forestry Center.

“You are recommending that we make significant investments in mitigation and fire suppression, as well as substantive policy changes for helping communities adapt and recover from fire,” said Brown. “It’s imperative to Oregon’s future to act on these recommendations and procure the funding to do so….I look forward to working with you as we take bold actions to ensure a healthier and more vibrant Oregon for generations to come.”
The September 26 meeting was the second time this year that the entire Wildfire Council gathered at the World Forestry Center. This meeting was focused on sharing progress and nearly-final recommendations with the Governor.

The Council, created by Governor Brown via executive order in January, has been charged with evaluating best practices in fire prevention, management, and suppression and making recommendations for Oregon’s future wildfire management. The group includes a wide variety of experts in the fields of conservation, healthcare, forestry, and government. 

“Wildfire impacts all aspects of our society and requires that a broad base of stakeholders evaluate its impacts and potential solutions through an ecological, economic, and social lens,” said Joe Furia, Executive Director of the World Forestry Center. “It is a lens that we at the World Forestry Center bring to all forestry issues.” 
The Hagenstein Lecture Amplifies Emerging Voices 
Ten young leaders in forestry brought thought-provoking dialogue to the World Forestry Center in late October.

The fourth annual Emerging Voices in Forestry featured dynamic conversations on the predictability of wildfire, the challenges and opportunities for the women fighting those fires, and the actions required to evolve forestry for the future.

“These conversations were envisioned as a way to feature new voices in forestry,” said World Forestry Center Senior Fellow, Rick Zenn. “We wanted to highlight the work being done by this next generation.”

Emerging Voices is part of The Hagenstein Lectures, a public initiative led by the World Forestry Center and the Society of American Foresters to honor the legacy of professional forester William D. Hagenstein.
Pictured left to right: Ara Erickson, Jarred Saralecos, Terry Baker, Fran Cafferata Coe, Anjel Tomayko, Andrés Holz, Christopher Dunn, Amanda Rau (with her son Hans), Abe Wheeler, Jeremy Felty, and Joe Furia.
Reflecting on the Fellowship Experience
The 2019 International Fellows share their parting impressions of the World Forestry Center’s one-of-a-kind professional development program:
Richard Banda (Malawi)

“When I go back home, I will develop a multiple benefit reforestation project proposal with the support and guidance from the connections I have made here. This project will have a socioeconomic impact on the communities and control deforestation and environmental degradation in Malawi.”
Ana Kanoppa (Brazil)

“This program changed my career completely and forever. When I return home, I will be able to replicate all that
I have learned here for future generations of women and children…not only in Brazil but wherever I am.”
Fen-hui Chen (Taiwan)

“All the activities, including study tours, guest speakers, and meetings, arranged by the program have facilitated my understanding of the fundamental knowledge of natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest.” 
Romain Matile (France)

“My research project was focused on forest fire prevention and prescribed burning, and I have been able to collect valuable information in this area. I had the opportunity to meet people very involved in these activities that allowed me to expand my professional network.”
Temitope Dauda (Nigeria)

“These past six months have been the best period in my career and personal life. I have worked with brilliant minds that specialize in conserving landscapes and have learned how to approach landscape conservation at a scale that reflects the needs and aspirations of the local people.”
Will Maiden (United Kingdom)

“Oregon is one of the best places globally to investigate forest issues, and I feel very lucky to have spent six months looking
into a subject close to my heart.” 
Zhongyuan Ding (China)

“As forestry in my country has been experiencing rapid development and finding itself at a crossroads, it is crucial to make a comparison with others, rethink about ourselves, and gain global awareness.”
Rodolfo Vieto (Costa Rica)

“The human and financial resources that the Harry A. Merlo Foundation have provided allowed me a worthwhile cross-cultural and professional experience, strengthening me as an agent of change for Costa Rica and Central America.”
TREEmendous Second Saturday Features Forest Foods
On November 9, visit our Discovery Museum for the next event in our TREEmendous Second Saturday series: From Forest to Table.

The all-ages event will feature opportunities to learn about the variety of foodstuffs that come from the forest. There will be a food-themed scavenger hunt and crafts and representatives from Oregon Mycological Society will be on hand to discuss wild mushroom hunting.

All activities are included with Museum admission and free for Museum Members.

Mark your calendars for every second Saturday as the Discovery Museum hosts hands-on learning opportunities for forest fans of all ages. Dive into a particular topic and learn more about trees, forests, and how they relate to our everyday lives.

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