Introduction to the World Forestry Center Dr. Gary S. Hartshorn President & CEO World Forestry Center Portland, Oregon, USA Forest Products Society 20 June 2011
Mission:We educate people about the importance of forests and sustainable forestry
We operate three core programs:• Magness Memorial Tree Farm near Wilsonville• World Forest Institute on our WFC campus• Discovery Museum in Washington Park
• Non-profit educational organization• Educational programs funded through donations, museum ticket fees, conference revenue, rentals, grants, and memberships• ~ 75% earned revenue vs. 25% contributions• We serve the general public, students, educators, and professionals• 14 countries represented on board of directors
World Forestry Center campus in Washington Park
WFI Fellowship Program• 6-12 month program for natural resource professionals• Fellows come here to learn about forestry practices in the PNW—to apply some of that back home• Sponsored by public agencies, universities, companies, or self-funded
North China America 19% 1% Europe 21% Other Asia 25%South America 12% Africa 4% Australia 18%Over 80 Fellows from 26 nations have participated
A Broad Spectrum of Projects• feasibility of wood products certification• analysis of world markets for plantation timber• forest-based carbon offset initiatives• comparative analysis of regional forest management• development of ecotourism projects• promoting US-Brazil forest trade• analyzing risks in timberland investments• comparative fire management• forestland tenure systems• nursery techniques
Forest Resources and Management a sampling of visits, depending on current Fellows: • Public – Oregon Department of Forestry – USDA Forest Service – Bureau of Land Management • Corporate – Weyerhaeuser – Hampton – Stimson – HTRG • PrivateCable logging class at Oregon State University – Family owned tree farms
Networking and Site Visits Fellows leave the program with an overview of the various public and private organizations that make up the Pacific Northwest forestry sector Through site visits and interviews, Fellows create valuable networksExamining log quality at Starker Forests
Annual WFI Events Visit to MC Ranch in La Grande June 21-25Observe private forest management in eastern Oregon—including reforestation, wildlife habitat management, and mechanized clearing and mulching of slash.
International Educators’ Institute July 11-15 Project Learning Tree teachers and international educators join WFI Fellowsfor a week of field trips and work sessions designed to teach teachers about best practices in forestry education.
Quarterly “Source Forestry Around the World” column for SAF’s The Forestry Source• WFI asked by The Society of American Foresters’ monthly newspaper—The Forestry Source—to contribute articles on global forestry challenges as part of a new column starting in March 2010.• Recognizes the importance of keeping up with global forestry issues, and also recognizes WFI Fellows’ credibility and expertise.• The Forestry Source has more than 15,000 forestry and land management professionals. Additional subscribers include leaders in policy, education, and natural resources from the public and private sectors.
Conferences• 2001 International Perspectives on Forestry 1• 2003 Who Will Own the Forest? 1• 2004 Who Will Own the Forest? 2• 2005 International Perspectives on Forestry 2• 2006 Who Will Own the Forest? 3• 2007 Investing Globally in Forestland• 2008 Who Will Own the Forest? 4• 2009 Who Will Own the Forest? 5• 2010 Who Will Own the Forest? 6
Our History1905 Forestry Building at Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition1964 destroyed by fire1971 Western Forestry Center museum opens1989 renamed World Forestry Center
2011 Special EventsJan-Dec, International Year of Forests, Discovery MuseumSep 19-21, WFI annual conference Who Will Own the Forest? Miller HallSep 24, Smithsonian Museum Day, Discovery MuseumSep 24, Treesy Rider Poker Run fund-raising event, Museum to MagnessOct 16, 4th annual Doggie Palooza, WFC campusNov 5-6, 3rd annual Coffee Fair, WFC campusNov 11, Free day for Veterans and Teachers, Discovery MuseumNov 15, Philanthropy award to Harry Merlo, WFC board chairmanJan 20-22, 2012, 7th annual Chocolate Fest, Oregon Convention Center