Adapting to a Changed Landscape

Panoramic image of tall green pine trees in a forest

To the World Forestry Center Community,

This is a very difficult and unprecedented time for all of us. We care deeply about our employees and the community that we serve, and we remain committed to our values. Despite that commitment, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our organization and our work significantly. For that reason, after consulting with our Board, I made the difficult decision to lay off half of our staff earlier this week effective May 1. In addition, all remaining senior staff have agreed to take a pay decrease for the remainder of the year.

We are making these adjustments with the long-term goals of the organization in mind. Our commitment to our mission—to create and inspire champions of sustainable forestry—remains unwavering. And we continue to lean fully into our vision to help shape a society that values and takes action in support of the ecological, economic, and social benefits of forests. 

Over the coming weeks we will be working with our partners to adapt our programming to this changed landscape. We appreciate your support as we continue this important work.


Joseph A. Furia
Executive Director