ISTF’s mission is to facilitate and promote sharing of best practices for the effective management, protection, and equitable and ecologically sustainable use of tropical forests and natural resources in the tropical and subtropical regions across the globe.



Our Story

Founded in the 1950s in response to a worldwide concern for the fate of tropical and subtropical forests, the International Society of Tropical Foresters is committed to the protection, wise management and rational use of the world’s tropical forests. After a 5 year hiatus, the organization was reactivated in 2017. Since then, more than 1600 people from around the world have joined.

ISTF’s focus is on being a communication/education network to disseminate scientific knowledge and best practices for the sustainable, equitable management and conservation of the world’s tropical forests. We want to promote communication between the field practitioner and researchers and policy makers, embracing the interdisciplinary diversity of tropical forestry.

We are working to become an organization with a global core directorate and semiautonomous regional/country/organizational chapters, which act toward our mission and vision. 



The International Society of Tropical Foresters acknowledges the HPCf of the University of Puerto Rico for hosting this website, with support from the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) INBRE grant P20 GM103475 from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bioinformatics Research Core of INBRE.

ISTF is Social

Mahogany: Separating Fact from Fiction. Exploring the history and authenticity of mahogany, a hardwood with a little-known hybrid. By 3t Vakil 15 Mar 2023 https://misstree.medium.com/mahogany-separating-fact-from-fiction-13f555a2d872

CONFERENCE: First CopyTree Conference: Innovative Woody Plant Cloning , 17-18 Apr 2023, , Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Deadline for abstracts for posters 24 March 2023. Information at https://www.copytree.eu/activities/innovative-woody-plant-cloning and https://www.copytree.eu/_files/ugd/332422_317f4ff98fb54dc194ec6eed7eae02c0.pdf Register at https://www.copytree.eu/registration-conference-spain

2. WEBINAR: International Day of Forests: Healthy forests for Healthy people. 21 Mar 2023 10.00–11.30 CET (UTC+1), 05.00-06.30 EDT USA (UTC-4) Information at https://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/ . Webcast at https://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/6116/icode/
Past FAO webcasts at https://www.fao.org/webcast/archive

WEBINAR: Global Forest Expert Panel (GPEF) Launch of Assessment on Forests and Human Health. 21 Mar 2023 15:00-16:15 CET (UTC+1), 10:00-11:15 EDT USA (UTC-4) Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hbaGHJlpTxOclflPeiOPAA Information at https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/gfep-initiative/panel-on-forests-and-human-health/ Video https://youtu.be/empBqU-Fkpg