Who Will Own the Forest? 16 is a 2.5 day event, beginning with an evening reception on September 22, conference sessions and evening reception on September 23, and conference sessions on September 24.

The 10th Forest Products Forum on September 22, 2020 will precede WWOTF16 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.



  • Society of American Foresters

  • Oregon Certified Public Accountants

  • Oregon State Bar

  • Oregon Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board


Interested in speaking at this year's Who Will Own the Forest? Submit your speaker proposal using this online form. We will contact you if you are selected to be a speaker.


2019 AGENDA - Stay tuned for 2020 agenda

Topics, speakers, and time slots may change


5:00 - 8:00 PM Opening Reception at World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
Reception is open only to those registered for either WWOTF or the Forest Products Forum.


7:30 - 8:30 AM Women in Timber Breakfast Social in Cheatham Hall

Event is free for female attendees with conference registration. Click here to register.

Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

7:30 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Check-in in Miller Hall

8:30 - 8:50 AM Introduction and Welcome Remarks
Joseph Furia, Executive Director, World Forestry Center

8:50 - 9:30 AM Keynote: The Risks and Rewards of a Timber Future

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, Morrison Hershfield

Keynote Sponsored by Freres Lumber

Session 1: Mega Trends: Global, Social and Macroeconomic Forces Redefining Risks and Opportunities in the Timberland Space

9:30 - 10:00 AM The Link Between Fiscal Policy, Demographics, Inflation, and Timberland Returns
Eric Rama, Vice President, Stafford Capital Partners

10:00 - 10:30 AM Morning Break

10:30 - 11:40 AM Climate Change: Mapping the Risks and Opportunities for Forests

Moderator: Gwen Busby, Director of Economics Research, GreenWood Resources  

  • Helena Olin, Head of Real Assets, Second Swedish National Pension Fund (AP2)

  • Jonah Busch, Chief Economist, Earth Innovation Institute

  • James Mulligan, Senior Associate, Food, Forests, and Water Program, World Resources Institute

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM World Forestry Center Award for Forest Investment

Awarded to Bill Bradley and presented by Joseph Furia

Honoring individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the development, advancement, understanding, practice or promotion of timberland investing.

12:00 - 1:10 PM Lunch in Plaza


Session 1:  Mega Trends continued

1:10 - 1:40 PM  The Social in ESG: How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Can Support Forestry Investment   

Moderator: MaryKate Bullen, Director of Sustainability & Communications, New Forests

  • Thomas RaShad Easley, Assistant Dean for Community and Inclusion, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

  • Bettina von Hagen, CEO, EFM

Session 2: Timber Markets 

1:40 - 2:30 PM US South Timber Update and Outlook

  • Amanda Lang, COO & VP Client Services, FORISK 

  • Jerry Barag, CEO and Director, CatchMark

  • Duane Evans, Sr., Vice President/General Manager, PLS International


2:30 - 3:00 PM Afternoon Break

3:00 - 3:20 PM  Chinese Wood Markets Amidst Trade War 

Kent Wheiler, Director, Center for International Trade in Forest Products 

3:20 - 3:40 PM  Russia's Role in the Timberland Space

Jarno Seppälä, Head of Forest Industry and Bio Solutions Consulting, Indufor 

3:40 - 4:00 PM India - Market for North American Forest Products 

Jacob Mannothra, Managing Director, Zindia

4:00 - 4:20 PM Vietnam - The Pulpwood Market in Southeast Asia
John North, International Timber Economist, Fastmarkets RISI

4:20 - 5:00 PM  A Look at US Hardwood Markets
Moderator: Jim Hourdequin, CEO and Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company

  • Michael Snow, Executive Director, American Hardwood Export Council

5:00 - 8:00 PM Closing Remarks followed by Reception in Miller Garden


7:30 - 8:40 AM Continental Breakfast

8:40 - 8:50 AM Welcome Remarks
Joseph Furia, Executive Director, World Forestry Center

Session 2: Timber Markets continued

8:50 - 9:20 AM Mitigating Political, Economic, and External Risks of Forest Investments in the US South

Andres Villegas, President & CEO, Georgia Forestry Association

9:20 - 9:50 AM  Current Status and Future Outlook for Mass Timber

Bryan Beck, President, The Beck Group

Session 3: Investor Perspectives

9:50 - 10:10 AM  How Timber REITs Are Being Valued in the Market

Mark Wilde, Managing Director, Bank of Montreal/BMO Capital Markets

10:10-10:30 AM Big Changes in Japanese Forest Policies - The Emerging Interest in Timberland as an Asset Class

Toshiro Nishioka, Senior Expert Advisor, Japan Real Estate Institute

10:30 - 11:00 AM  Tax Considerations for the Foreign Investor and Opportunity Zone Investing
Danny McKeithen, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US)

Session 4: The Timberland Valuation Process

11:00 AM - 11:50 PM  Inside the Black Box

  • Dave Walters, Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development, Green Diamond Resource Company

  • Jason Little, Director of Valuation Services, Forest Resource Consultants

11:50 - 1:00 PM Lunch in Plaza


1:00 PM Close 


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