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When Small is Big: Forest Initiatives Around the World

July 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am1:00 pm

Sponsored by Vanport International and Manufacturing, Inc.

Join us for a half day event exploring forest issues from around the world. Featuring the 2017 World Forest Institute International Fellows with special guest moderator Ben Hayes from the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and keynote speaker Dr. John Bliss from Oregon State University, you will leave inspired by these stories of sustainable global solutions.

Wednesday, July 19 

Registration at 8:00 am | Program 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

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$20 Registration fee, includes catered lunch

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Updated Agenda
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration

8:30 – 8:35 am Welcome and Introduction from Sara Wu, Interim Executive Director of the World Forestry Center

8:35 – 8:40 am Opening Remarks: Ben Hayes
Ben Hayes is the Working Lands Project Director and Conservation Finance Specialist with the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

8:40 – 9:00 am Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Bliss
Me, You, and the Monkeys in the Forest! Dr. John Bliss is Emeritus Professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. He is recently retired as Associate Dean for International Programs at OSU and has a long history of international forestry experience.

9:00 – 10:30 am Session 1: Forestry in a Changing Climate: Unique Solutions to Difficult Problems
Four presentations from across the globe on challenges and their inspiring solutions.

10:30 – 10:50 am Morning Break

10:50 – 11:45 am Session 2: Panel Discussion: Conservation Challenges Around the World
Moderated by Ben Hayes, this panel will discuss how ideals of forest conservation and management are different with each unique cultural perspective and what some of the conservation challenges are in each of their respective countries.

  • Chiao-Ping Wang: Can Taiwan produce more of its own timber?
  • Michelle Yap: What are alternate revenue streams in Malaysian forest reserves?
  • Hebe Carus: Is multi-ownership, landscape-level forest management possible in Scotland?
  • Jan Jenco: How does cooperation work when there are competing priorities in Slovakia?

11:45 – noon Closing Remarks: Dr. John Bliss and Ben Hayes

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Reception

World Forestry Center
Cheatham Hall
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221



July 19, 2017
8:00 am1:00 pm


Cheatham Hall
4033 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221 United States
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