Leadership Hall Spotlight
Dieter Siempelkamp

D i eter  Sie mpelkamp is one of our most distant honorees at the World Forestry Center.  He is a lifelong resident of Krefield, Germany, a city not far from Dusseldorf.  His birth year in 1933 coincided with the 50th anniversary of his grandfather's founding of the Siempelkamp Company.  His own father was by that time already in his 15th year as president of the company, a position he would hold for more than 50 years.  Dieter himself joined the company in 1958. 

Having spent time abroad in his early years, his fluency in English made him a perfect international sales ambassador.  He succeeded his father as president in 1970 and led it into a period of great expansion as it became a global leader in the design and construction of equipment and factories for the wood products and building materials industries. 

The company's original focus had been the construction of hydraulic presses for a variety of industries, including those involved in the gluing and drying of veneers and the smoothing of paper.  Under Dieter's leadership, it extended its activities to the building of complete manufacturing plants, especially for the particleboard and fiberboard industries. Revenues increased from $36 million in 1970 to nearly $500 million by the year 2000.  Over the years, Mr. Siempelkamp remained in close contact with key customers around the globe, a key strategy for maintaining and expanding the range of his customers beyond Europe.  He was also the guiding spirit behind the Siempelkamp Company's pursuit of innovation, always stressing the importance of developing new and environmentally friendly products.
Not content to restrict his creative business and engineering efforts to his own company, Dieter served on innumerable boards and trade commissions.  He received a Distinguished Service Cross award for his work as an honorary judge of the Regional Court of Krefield.  In 1994 he became committee chairman of the German Working Machinery Manufacturers Association, where he promoted the training of apprentices in the wood industry.  He also played a decisive role in the development of Ligna into the world's top trade fair for the forestry and wood industries. He served as chairman of the board here at the World Forestry Center from 2001 to 2003, retiring from management of his company in that latter year.
World Forest Institute News
Save these dates for upcoming presentations from our international research Fellows!

As we move into the fall season, our international researchers are finalizing their research projects and thinking about what knowledge they will take home with them when they finish their programs. Luckily for us, they will share their findings before they leave!
Don't miss out on the chance to learn a little something about Nepal, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, or Albania from our Fellows as they share their research, experiences and future plans at these events at the World Forestry Center. We'll have food and beverages as well as a lively atmosphere for mingling and networking. 
WFI Fellows recently visit to the home of Oregon Woodlands Cooperative President Neil Schroeder to learn about marketing strategies for local non-timber forest products.
Upcoming Talks

Wednesday, October 21 at 4PM 
in the Mt. Hood Room at WFC
Sarita Lama, Nepal

An Overview of Forest Management Systems in the PNW and Lessons Drawn for the Nepal Forest Sector
Thursday, November 12 at 4PM
in Cheatham Hall at WFC
Robert Mijol, Malaysia &Carol Koh,Taiwan

Exploring the Opportunities of Payments for Ecosystem Services within Forest Reserves in Sabah, Malaysia (Mr. Mijol) &  Urban Bird Conservation (Mrs. Koh)
Wednesday, November 18 at 4PM 
in the Mt. Hood Room at WFC
Qingxin Liu, China & Enkeleda Pjetri, Albania

Research Project Processes (Dr. Liu)
& Environmental  Opportunities for Albania (Ms. Pjetri)

Visit our  Speaker Series webpage  for more information on upcoming talks.
WFI Fellows Adventure Blog

The Fellows encounter their first salamander in Forest Park!

Keep up-to-date on the adventures of our WFI Fellows. Visit: http://goo.gl/eVuUjn.

WFI Alumni Update

WFI Alumnus Gabriel Salako (Nigerian Fellow, 2011) is getting published! While a Fellow at WFI, Gabriel studied Pacific Northwest conifer species that could be used to establish plantations in a region with similar climatic conditions in Nigeria called the Mambilla Plateau. Since Nigeria does not currently have a robust conifer market, Gabriel hopes that the establishment of plantations will encourage growth in the use of softwood lumber. His research, titled "Modeling the suitability index of selected conifers on Mambilla Plateau Taraba State, Nigeria: implication on planted forest" was recently accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal International Journal of Agroforestry Remote Sensing and GIS.
Gabriel will be returning later this year to visit Oregon State University and present his research to collaborators before defending his final PhD thesis in Nigeria early next year. We wish him the best of luck and a very hearty congratulations!
We are also happy to report that another alumnus, Cristhian Gutierrez from Bolivia (2012), has been accepted into a PhD program at the University of Chicago. He will return to the US to continue his education and no doubt do great things for Bolivia in the future. 

We are very proud of the continued success of our alumni all over the worl d!
Another Sellout Crowd at Annual WFI Conference
WFI alumni who attended the WWOTF event: Mario Angel (Chile), Sara Wu (WFI Director), Ke Dong (China), Claudio Ortolan (Brazil), Claire Huxtable (Canada), and John Turland (New Zeraland).
The World Forestry Center hosted forest industry and investment professionals at its annual  Who Will Own the Forest? and Forest Products Forum conferences in September.  Co-organized by the World Forest Institute and Forest Economic Advisors, the Forest Products Forum featured experts from Forest Economic Advisors as well as guest speakers discussing wood products markets. Around 100 attendees attended the Forum, with many also attending the following Who Will Own the Forest? event. 

Over 400 leaders in the forestland, investment, conservation and advisory sectors gathered for the 11th annual Who Will Own the Forest? conference.  This series on institutional timberland investing featured 48 speakers in a wide-ranging agenda that also featured two World Forest Institute alumni: John Turland (New Zealand) spoke about Asia-Pacific plantations on behalf of RISI, and Ke Dong (China), representing The Nature Conservancy - China, joined a panel discussion on ESG concerns with timberland portfolios.  Other topics covered the outlook on timber, timber vs. wood alternatives, regional valuation trends, institutional investor concerns, the forest financing landscape, inventory technology, seedling advances, investing in carbon offsets and other ecosystem services, cultivating the next generation of timberland managers, and updates on overseas investing in South America, Asia, Oceania, and the bio-fuels market.

Mark your calendars for next year's events: September 20-22, 2016.  A special thanks to our four Title Sponsors and 42 Corporate Sponsors who made it possible to host this two-and-a-half day event.  
Global Connections Curriculum in National SAF News

SAF  Forestry Source  Editor Steve Wilent interviewed Senior Fellow Rick Zenn about the origins and success of the World Forestry Center's Global Connections: Forests of the World curriculum guide for high school teachers.   More than 20,000 copies of the popular guide are in use by teachers around the United States.   Read Steve's article about this productive partnership with World Forestry Center, Project Learning Tree, and the American Forest Foundation  here   .

SAF member Rick Zenn recently received Project Learning Tree's Rudy Award, named for PLT founder Rudolf Schafer. Presenting the award to Rick is Kathy McGlauflin, PLT's national program director and senior vice president of education at the American Forest Foundation.
WFC Education Update
Wahkeena Falls 
Forests Inside Out Youth Education Program

For the past two years the US Forest Service has supported our Forests Inside Out program which takes 400  under-served  youth on a two-day forest adventure.  The students met with USFS Rangers and hiked in the Columbia River Gorge.  We empowered eight local high school students to mentor the participants.  This year's program was a huge success.      
Discovery Museum
Upcoming Events
Kim Smith, Ph.D. Coordinator, GPSEN/RCE Dept. of Sociology, Portland Community College, Sylvania
Charles Hopkins 
UNESCO Chair at York University Toronto, Canada
Kyoko Shiota
United Nations University

Help Us Celebrate United Nations Day 2015!
"UN 70: Strong UN, Better World" 

Thursday, October 22
 Registration opens at 6:00 pm
Event is 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
Can We Create a "Sustainable" Future? It's Still Possible!
The year 2015 is considered a watershed year.  With this year's World Forestry Congress in South Africa, the release of the  United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and  UNESCO's Global Action Program , and the upcoming Climate Change talks in Paris, the time is ripe to envision a sustainable future and highlight actions in our own communities that are making a difference. 
Join Charles Hopkins, UNESCO chair on Education for Sustainable Development,  Eric Vines , executive director of the World Forestry Center,  Kim Smith , coordinator of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, and  Kyoko Shiota , from the United Nations University, to explore how to truly "think global, act local."  

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the vanguard and find out how Oregon and Washington are helping lead the way in regional, national, and international programs. Discover how you can engage in your own community. 

The time is right to recognize that we are all in this together!
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Regents Professor 
Steven W. Running,
Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group
Dept. of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
University of Montana  

UN Climate Change Conference Report 
with Dr. Steven Running

Wednesday, December 9
4:00 - 6:00 pm
World Forestry Center, Miller Hall
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221
Tickets: $5 Student; $10 General

The World Forestry Center, The Nature Conservancy, and the Pinchot Institute will hold 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.  He received his M.S. in Forest Management at OSU and his Ph.D. in Forest Ecophysiology at CSU (Colorado).  He is now a Regents Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Montana, where he has been since 1979.   

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 climate system. 

Contact Amber Morrison at amorrison@worldforestry.org or 503.488.2122 with questions. 
50th Anniversary Gala "Eat Dessert First"

The World Forestry Center's magical 50th Anniversary celebration  "Eat Dessert First" on February 6, 2016, will be rocking out to the talents of David and Jamey Hampton's Brothers Jam.

Blending rootsy rock and deep rhythmic grooves, the Brothers Jam takes their audience on a sonic journey every time they hit the stage. The Brothers Jam is an American band with a plan: to entertain audiences and wring beauty from any song that crosses their path.

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