A Message from Our Executive Director

Eric Vines

Both I and my wife, Elsa, have jobs that involve raising money for nonprofits. Much of the joy in that work comes from getting to know so many warm and gracious people, donors who care about our organizations and who support our activities. But there is also a sadder side to our work. Just last week, the two of us were commiserating over breakfast about how one of the harder aspects of our jobs is the emotional blow we feel when a donor dies. Invariably we flash back to that last lunch, that last coffee, those last words we shared with someone who is no longer here with us. Then we reach out to his or her family, we notify our staff and our board members, and we find an appropriate way to honor the life of a person whose generosity made a difference in the lives of others. 
Last Monday I was informed that Sally McCracken passed away on November 6. There are others who knew Sally better than I did, but I immediately recalled how she and I hit it off over lunch at the Chart House recently, reminiscing about John Gray and John Hampton and her late husband, Paul. She spoke about her family's forestland and the role it played in their lives, the hill in Eugene named after one of her ancestors (Bailey Hill is named for him) who walked all the way from Tennessee to Oregon and settled in Eugene, and the oversized molten chocolate lava cake that Paul decided to order at a restaurant after learning that he had cancer. Of these stories, however, what I find myself remembering most fondly about our conversation was the enthusiasm she displayed over her Chart House membership card. There was something sweet about how she so greatly appreciated the way the restaurant workers always treated her when she presented her card, especially for how they put flowers on the table whenever she ate there. Flowers always do make things feel special. 
For this month's newsletter, we at the World Forestry Center had been working on a story honoring Paul McCracken. We had been talking to Sally about our plans, and she was excited that his biography was to be featured. So, needless to say, the news of Sally's death hit very close to home for our staff. We had just talked to her on Thursday about the article. How we wish she could have lived to enjoy reading the final version.
We've missed Paul for several years. Now we miss Sally. The good news is that both of them lived rich and full lives. They helped their communities, and as a result they made our lives better. I hope you'll join me in raising a glass (or perhaps planting a tree) in honor of Sally McCracken and the wonder-filled life she lived. 

Eric Vines
Executive Director  
Leadership Hall Spotlight
Paul McCracken

It's a long climb from mill worker to a 15-year tenure on the company's Board of Directors, and that's only a small piece of what Paul McCracken accomplished in the course of his career in the wholesale lumber industry.  He left that first job with the Willamette National Lumber Co. in 1950 because a strike had been declared that put a financial crimp in his upcoming wedding plans.   Needless to say, he went looking for another job.  This soon led him to work for Bill McPherson at Hallinan-Mackin Lumber.  Their congenial relationship, in turn, evolved into a partnership when, in 1959, they co-founded Tumac Lumber Company, a wholesale distributor and importer/exporter of lumber and wood products.  Their sales and marketing efforts were directed toward an impressive variety of industrial  users.  These have included the manufactured housing industry, recreational vehicle manufacturers, kitchen cabinet makers, manufacturers of moldings and millwork, pulp and paper mills, and power and telecommunication utilities.  Tumac also exports lumber (Douglas-fir and southern yellow pine) to Europe, hardwood logs and lumber to Asia, and industrial and construction products to customers in the Caribbean.  

With distribution yards in Oregon, California, and Colorado, nine offices in the U.S. and Mexico, and agents in several counties abroad, it remains to this day a successful privately owned wholesale company with an outstanding reputation.
Paul McCracken supported his industry further through his participation with the North American Wholesale Lumber Association, rising to President in 1981.  And in 1998, he was given their highest honor, the John J. Mulrooney Memorial Award.  The following year, the association's Portland branch elected him Lumberman of the Year.  A longtime board member of our World Forestry Center, Paul served as Chairman of the Executive Committee for four years.  During his tenure he was a powerful advocate for building strong local, national, and international education programs at the Center.  He has took a particular interest in the development of Magness Memorial Tree Farm, ever challenging his peers to accommodate to changes in the industry.
Paul's passion for the forest products industry was matched by his enthusiasm for fishing and most recently for spey casting.  He purchased property on the North Fork of the Nehalem River that had the best steelhead drift on the entire river. This grew into a tree farm of more than 1,400 acres.  Early century logging practices there had severely scoured the land and degraded the land's watercourses.  With dogged determination, Paul proved that it was possible to bring back the Douglas-fir, cedar, and spruce trees in sites once dominated by brush and simultaneously support the return of coho salmon and steelhead to the streams, all while still profiting commercially on his tree thinnings.  This was an important message to other small woodlands owners.  For his efforts, he was recognized in 1994 as Landowner of the Year by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioners.  Five years later he was elected chairman of this Commission.
Paul was also a board member of the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation (OWHF).  There he was instrumental in creating the North Coast Salmonid Restoration Project, a cooperative effort involving numerous public agencies and private corporations.  Their remarkable successes in restoring winter rearing habitat on private lands have since been replicated in the Mid-coast, south coast, and Willamette east areas.  

In 2000, Paul and the OWHF received the American Forest & Paper Association's wildlife stewardship award for Outstanding Industry Cooperator.  And in 2011 he and former Oregon governor Victor Atiyeh were given OWHF's newly inaugurated Allen Kelly Award in recognition of those who have made a positive and lasting impact on Oregon's fish and wildlife resources.
Paul died in 2011 at the age of 83.  He will always be remembered for how his unassuming demeanor and genuine interest in people drew everyone to him.  And, of course, his legacy as a conservation-minded representative of the forest products industry will always be something he, his family, and his many admirers can be proud of.

WFC Board of Directors Update
On behalf of all WFC staff, we bestow our deepest  appreciation  to Mari Hill Harpur and Andrew Miller f or their years of service as board members of the World Forestry Center.   Thank you for bringing your passion, intellect, insight, experience and resources to this wonderful organization.  Your time and input was very valuable.  

We would like to welcome Jennifer Allen and Russ Hoeflich as new members of the Board of Directors.  Jennifer Allen is an Associate Professor at Portland State University's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government in the Division of Public Administration.  She is the current District 1 Commissioner for Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department and this year's recipient of the Portland Business Journal's Women of Influence Orchid Award.  

Russ Hoeflich is the Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor for The Nature Conservancy's Restore America's Forests Program.  Russ presently serves on the Governors Global Warming Commission, Federal Forestland Implementation Work Group and the Oregon Department of Energy Forest Biomass Workgroup. Russ also serves on the Oregon State University Institute for Working Forest Landscapes Board.  Russ is known for his expertise designing and running state, county, and local funding initiatives and fundraising campaigns, as well as a specializing in forest health, biomass, and climate resiliency issues.
World Forest Institute News
The WFI crew says farewell to Nepali Fellow Sarita Lama (center) as she heads back to Nepal to return to her work managing a diverse and complex community forestry program. WFI wishes her the best of luck!

Fellows mark the close of fall with study tours to several exceptional sites including The Redwoods National and State Parks, Chal Landgren's Christmas Tree Farm, the Tillamook Forest Center, and WFC's own Magness Memorial Tree Farm. Study tours are the hallmark of the Fellowship Program, providing unrivaled learning experiences for the visiting researchers. It's always sad when we have to wind down the study tours and focus on Fellows finishing up their projects.
We recently said farewell to Nepali Fellow Sarita Lama who returned to Nepal to continue her work in community forestry. We will soon be saying farewell to the rest of our 2015 cohort. 
Be sure to support the WFI Fellowship Program by spreading the word about us! We are currently soliciting applications for the 2016 International Fellowship Program. If you have colleagues or friends that might be interested in learning about best practices in natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to share our  website link that has all the pertinent information about our program.
March Conference: 
Asia-Pacific Wood Trade Growth & Challenges
The World Forest Institute is organizing a March 1-2, 2016, conference that will focus on Asia-Pacific wood trade. The extraordinary economic growth of many countries in Asia over the last decade has made the region a primary driving force impacting wood demand and supply. "Changing Dynamics of the Asia-Pacific Wood Trade" conference is a two-day event that will feature industry perspectives from several countries. Topics will include:
  • Will China's explosive growth in log and lumber imports continue?
  • Will India become the "new China" for softwood log and lumber import markets?
  • Forecast for Russian exports of log and lumber roundwood into Asia.
  • Challenges and opportunities for Canada's softwood log exports.
  • Softwood and hardwood log and lumber exports from Australia--Future Developments.
  • As the largest log export supplier to Asia, is there still room for growth for New Zealand?
  • Tropical hardwood log trade trends into Asia.
Join us for a multi-faceted discussion on this important topic. Registration is open at: http://apwoodtrade.worldforestry.org/
This event is co-organized by DANA Ltd. and the World Forest Institute .  If you're interested in speaking or sponsoring, please contact Sara Wu at swu@worldforestry.org.

Upcoming Events
Regents Professor 
Steven W. Running,
Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group
Dept. of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
University of Montana  

Climate Change Lecture with Lead Author of the 
Nobel Peace Prize Winning Report

Wednesday, December 9
4:00 - 6:00 pm
World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
Tickets: $5 Student; $10 General
The World Forestry Center, The Nature Conservancy, and the Pinchot Institute invite you to a public lecture reporting on the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Paris, France from November 30 - December 11. Dr. Steven Running was a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. 

Dr. Running will be "on the ground" at the World Forestry Center while  the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is taking place in Paris. He will talk about the latest climate negotiations and the specific role global forests have in the Earth's climate system.
Contact Amber Morrison at amorrison@worldforestry.org or 503.488.2122 with que stions. 
50th Anniversary Gala "Eat Dessert First"

The beautiful invitations for the World Forestry Center's magical 50th Anniversary celebration "Eat Dessert First" on February 6, 2016, are printed and ready to be mailed.  A warm thank you to FiveCrows Designs for the stunning graphics and Quality Printing Service for making them a reality.  

Quality Printing Service is a full-service printing facility that specializes in high-end sheetfed offset and digital printing in Lincoln City on the central Oregon coast. They offer printing for businesses, mailing services, graphic design, variable data printing, and bindery.

Facility Rentals

Planning an office holiday party? 

The World Forestry Center has beautiful banquet rooms that can be transformed into festive, holiday venues that you and your guests are sure to enjoy. Our extensive catering list gives you flexibility for both your culinary and budget needs. For more information, please email us at  eventsales@worldforestry.org or call 503-488-2101.

Community Events
OSU College of Forestry and OFRI present the 
International Forest Hydrology Science Symposium

Join OSU College of Forestry and OFRI at the World Forestry Center in Portland on December 10th for a day-long symposium on Forest Hydrology. Invited scientists from Canada, Chile, Japan, South Africa and the USA will be presenting their perspectives on the status and future of forest hydrology and issues of modeling, process understanding and data analysis.  

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is REQUIRED.  See the  Event Website  for details and to register for the event. We hope to see you there! 
Mea Cupla
I must apologize for an error that I made in the last newsletter. Syd House, from the Scotland Forestry Commission, wrote to say that he couldn't find any evidence to support the claim that Douglas-fir trees had grown natively in Europe prior to the last ice age. He assured me that although the general concept that mountain range orientation can affect tree succession is well documented, Douglas-fir, as a species, wasn't part of the European pantheon of past species. So sadly the story of their expiration in Europe due to glaciation is an urban legend (one that I inadvertently created from a combined misunderstanding of an anecdote and an article on Douglas-fir succession in North America). It's an embarrassing mistake and because it sounded like such a great story, I'm sad it's not true. Alas, I must defer to scientists who assure me that Douglas-fir are only native to North America. My apologies. And thanks to Syd for setting me straight. 

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