About Us

The World Forestry Center was established in 1964 as a private, non-profit educational organization. Located in Portland, Oregon, USA, the World Forestry Center operates three programs: the Forest Discovery Center museum; demonstration tree farms; and the World Forest Institute. The board of directors hail from 20 countries and members represent some of the region's leading forestry corporations, academic and research institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In 1989, the World Forestry Center established a program called the World Forest Institute (WFI), to meet a growing demand for forestry information. As the forestry sector becomes increasingly complex, there is a greater need for international collaboration and exchange of information on forest trade, regulation, management, and forest resources. In response, WFI created the International Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program provides a unique collaboration between the research community, private industry, and the public sector.