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A Message from Our Executive Director

Eric Vines
Executive Director
Once a month, the World Forestry Center convenes its staff and visiting International Fellows to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries over an informal luncheon that features a scrumptious dessert. This month, it was chocolate cake. After the gathering, our Nigerian Fellow, Abiodun "Abi" Solanke, approached me with a thick-padded envelope. It was from Dieter Siempelkamp, our German board member. I asked Abi what Dieter had sent. It turns out, one of our past newsletters featuring Abi and his architectural quest to solve Nigeria's housing shortage using quick-growing bamboo caught Dieter's attention. Dieter's company, Siempelkamp Industries, was one of the first companies in the world to make the industrial equipment that produces oriented strand board (OSB), so he sent Abi some samples made from new machines that can make OSB and particle board out of bamboo. How terrific is that? This connection could be just the one that Abi will need to begin building a new manufacturing base in Nigeria to construct buildings out of locally grown bamboo.
Speaking of our connections, for the past several years, we have been constructing a comprehensive database of the forestry sector, including those in government, academia, private, and nonprofit fields that work on forestry issues. This sector is a close family, and these connections are invaluable to us as we try to broaden the base of public understanding of sustainably managed forests and their importance to humanity. It is a responsibility we take very seriously.
As the world grapples with questions about how to address global climate change and population growth, we at the World Forestry Center have recommitted ourselves to work with forest management leaders that have joined in the search for answers. Figuring out how to best manage and utilize our forest resources is no easy task for our collective societies today. But, it is a vital one, because the health of our communities greatly depends on the health of our forests. 
As you will see from our recently completed annual reportwe are continuing to do our part in bringing leaders together through events and programming like the private luncheon discussion with climate scientist Dr. Steven Running and the World Forest Institute's International Fellowship Program. And we're developing plans to convene more public and professional gatherings, bringing together disparate groups to explore the issues that will help us appreciate and understand sustainable forest management as it relates to today's most pressing problems. We'll share updates in future newsletters about this expansion of convening programming and the promise it brings for increased dialogue around the role forestry plays in making all of our lives better. Who knows, when we get together, we might even have dessert. Chocolate cake, anyone?


Eric Vines
Executive Director 

Conferences and Convening
Each month, you can learn about upcoming professional conferences and public events about sustainable forest management topics being held at the World Forestry Center. You can also read the latest summary reports highlighting key findings and lessons learned from recent WFC events.
Forest Products Forum , September 20 at the WFC 

Who Will Own the Forest? 12 , September 20 - 22 at the WFC 

The Hagenstein Lectures , A New Community Event featuring Emerging Voices in Forestry, October 9 at the WFC 

Summary Report of the 3rd Annual Northwest Community Forest Forum , May 9 - 10 at the WFC  
World Forest Institute News
Each month, you can learn about one of the WFC's visiting International Fellows who has been selected for a six-month assignment to collaborate with forestry practitioners here in the Pacific Northwest. The Fellows are passionate, engaged in their local communities, and committed to driving change in forest management practices around the globe. 

International Fellow Spotlight: Karishmaa Pai

Where are you from?

Mumbai, formerly called Bombay. On the west coast of India, Mumbai is home to 20 million people, which is six times the density of New York City! I am also from Singapore where I moved to at age 11.
You've been here in the United States for three months so far. Tell us a little bit about your journey.

I flew from Bangalore to Frankfort, Germany, and then Orlando to Portland. I have family in Orlando, so I stopped there to visit with them, see Disneyworld, and get rid of my jet lag! Before flying to the United States, I was in Bangalore for a few months consulting and doing research for three different organizations for an agroforestry and biofuel project. This is my first time being in the Pacific Northwest.

You can contact Karishmaa directly at

If you would like to invite Karishmaa to speak at your organization or event, please contact International Fellowship Program Manager Shadia Duery at

WFC Art Gallery Exhibit 
Sandra dal Poggetto
Mallard Drake Pelts Oil on Wood
Visible From Space 
Abert Escarpment
Paul Catanese
Inkjet Print

Please join the World Forestry Center and PLAYA 
for a complimentary private reception on 

Thursday, July 28 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

World Forestry Center Art Gallery
Discovery Museum
4033 SW Canyon Rd.,  Portland, OR 97221

             RSVP to Amber Morrison at or 503.488.2122

On view July 28 - September 25  *  Free Art Gallery Admission 

Community Events
American Red Cross Blood Drive

Date: August 17, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Location:    
World Forestry Center
Cheatham Hall
4033 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please visit

Sponsor Code: WashPark
or call 1-800-REDCROSS

Stay Wild Magazine's Adventure Festival and Expo

The World Forestry Center is pleased to be the venue for Stay Wild Magazine's Adventure Festival and Expo happening August 26 - 28. A tradeshow, field trips, workshops, food, drink, music, and fun are waiting for you at this free event. 

Date: August 26 - 28, 2016
Event Location:    
World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221

Visit their website  to register and learn more. 
DJ Spooky Performs "Heart of a Forest" 

Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) will perform "Heart of a Forest" at 7:00 pm Wednesday, November 9, in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center.

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location:    
World Forestry Center
Miller Hall
4033 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for college students with ID and 
free for youth in grades K-12. 

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Eric Vines

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Director of Communications

Rick Zenn
Senior Fellow

Reade Weber
Special Projects Manager

Jennifer Kent

Angie Garcia

Alison Herlihy
Event Liaison

Chuck Wiley
Facilities & Maintenance Manager 
Darlene Boles, C.P.A.

Sara Wu

Chandalin Bennett
Senior Programs Manager

Shadia Duery
Programs Manager
Mark Reed

Rob Pierce
Education Director

Louise George
Visitor Services Manager

Liam Hassett
Tree Farm Manager