About the Lecture Series

A New Community Event

The Hagenstein Lectures is a new, exciting, high-profile public outreach initiative led by the World Forestry Center and the Society of American Foresters to honor the legacy and memory of professional forester William D. Hagenstein, who died in Portland at age 99 in 2014.

The Hagenstein Lectures brings together influential young urban professionals who are deeply concerned about the future of the world’s forests with fascinating, forward-thinking guest speakers (under the age 45) who are working on the ground in forests around the world. By combining their “Emerging Voices,” we intend to create a robust and ongoing local-global conversation about real opportunities to advance sustainable forestry in the 21st century. The Hagenstein Lectures are intended to be a catalyst for action.

Presented by

World Forestry Center

World Forestry Center

Founded in 1966, the World Forestry Center (WFC) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to the importance of sustainably managed forests. Based in Portland, Oregon, the WFC provides critical programs in convening and professional development of global leaders and practitioners in forestry and related fields. Through its World Forest Institute International Fellowship Program and International Educator’s Institute, the WFC has hosted public and private forest professionals from 40 countries on six continents to advance research, networking, and knowledge exchange. For more information, visit www.worldforestry.org.

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Society of American Foresters

The Society of American Foresters sets the standard in forest management, bringing science, best practice, and the best people together to actively shape the future of the profession. For more information, visit www.eforester.org.


The Hagenstein Lectures anchors a new era of convening, learning, thinking, listening, and  thoughtful exchange at the World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters. A growing list of local, national, and international organizations, including many universities and community colleges are joining us as partners and sponsors.

If your organization is interested in partnership or sponsorship, please contact World Forestry Center Senior Fellow Rick Zenn at partners@hagensteinlectures.org.