Investing in a sustainable future.

For 22 years, World Forestry Center has convened investors, land managers, advisors, carbon project developers, and others in the forestland investment space for a 2.5 day conference in Portland, Oregon. Who Will Own the Forest?, now named CANOPY: Forests + Markets + Society, is the premier annual event on institutional forestland investing.

A DIVERSIFYING INVESTOR LANDSCAPE

Growing awareness of climate change is generating a new wave of interest in forests beyond the traditional focus on timber assets. While timber remains a fundamental driver in many forest portfolios, some investors are entering this asset class to meet net zero, climate resiliency, conservation, or biodiversity goals. 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

We invite you to join us in this continuing—always exciting and evolving—conversation on institutional investing in forests.

Participants include forestland owners, climate and timber asset managers, institutional investors, forestry executives, wood manufacturers, sustainable biofuels producers, conservation groups, legal advisors, technology companies, and others interested in impact investing and nature-based solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

This conference attracts over 400 professionals, nationally and internationally. The conference opens with an evening reception on September 24, sessions and evening reception on September 25, and final sessions on September 26. 

The event offers ample networking and learning opportunities, including continuing education credits for appraisers, attorneys, foresters, and CPAs.

The Forest Products Forum, which runs just prior to the conference on September 24, features expert presentations from Forest Economic Advisors and guest speakers on wood markets. 

2024 Sponsors:

Classic Sponsors:

Eversheds Sutherland

Finite Carbon

Forest Economic Advisors

Global Forest Partners

Industry Intelligence

LandVest

Moss Adams

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group

TimberMart-South

2024 Organizing Committee:

  • MaryKate Bullen, Forest Investment Associates
  • Carter Coe, Chinook Forest Partners
  • Sam Cook, North Carolina State University, College of Natural Resources
  • Karim Khalifa, Designbox
  • Bob Saul, Shearwell
  • Joe Taggart, LandVest
  • Marshall Thomas, F&W Forestry
  • Mark Wishnie, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group

​Questions? Email World Forestry Center’s Director of Professional Programs, Sara Wu, at swu@worldforestry.org.