Pacific Islands Forestry Committee

Pacific Islands Forestry Committee

The Pacific Islands Forestry Committee (PIFC) is comprised of forestry leaders from the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands, including:

  • Territory of American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Territory of Guam 
  • State of Hawaii 
  • Republic of Marshall Islands
  • Republic of Palau

The USDA Forest Service’s Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry and Pacific Southwest Region are also members of the PIFC.

The mission of the Pacific Islands Forestry Committee is to aid the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) and the Council of Western State Foresters in developing an informed and unified approach to meet the needs of tropical forest management in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands.

The PIFC advocates for natural resource issues and forestry managers’ needs as they relate to the management of their tropical forests. Additionally, the PIFC provides a forum for technology transfer, training, and cultural information exchange related to the unique forest management challenges of the region.

Learn more in the PIFC one pager.


To contact a member of the PIFC, please visit the directory


Each year, the PIFC leadership team produces a report for the WFLC Fall Meeting. This report highlights key accomplishments from the year, and looks forward to emerging issues for the coming year. Yearly reports are featured below:

Featured Videos:

Pacific Islands Forestry Committee Profile
This PIFC Profile introduces each of the committee members and highlights the importance of the committee.

Pacific Islands Forestry Committee 2017 Workshop
Sherry Hazelhurst, Director of the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service identifies the value in having a Pacific Islands Forestry Committee (PIFC) workshop, held in Guam in 2017. Hazelhurst explains that this workshop provides a rare opportunity for all of the PIFC members to meet and to share challenges and strategies.

Guam Forestry-Urban
Justin Santos, the Urban and Community (U&CF) Forestry Program Coordinator of Guam, explains the positive impacts of maintaining trees in urban areas, including supporting tourism to help the economy. Santos emphasizes his priorities to ensure every part of the island is supported by U&CF, including programs like tree inventories and assessments of tree maintenance.

Guam Forestry-Fire
Guam’s Cooperative Fire Program Manager Christine Camacho Fejeran explains how wildfire can cause greater issues with flooding, significantly impacting local villages. Fejeran details how one particular site is functioning as a test area to find solutions to this problem that impacts residents island-wide. She also outlines how Guam fights fire through partnerships with Guam Forestry, Guam Fire Department, the Navy, and Air Force fire crews.

Guam Forestry-Stewardship
As Guam’s Stewardship Program Coordinator, Belle Soliva details how the program provides communities with assessments and saplings to aid in removing invasive species and replace with native plants. Soliva describes collaboration with other agencies in the Manell Watershed Restoration Project for fire and flood prevention. After describing a project to plant more native species in the Cotal Conservation Area, Soliva emphasizes that the Stewardship Program aims to educate Guam’s residents about the best native plants and to spread awareness about their forestry missions.

Guam Forestry-Health
Removing African tulip trees in Masso Reservoir Nature Park has become a top priority for Ruddy Estoy Jr, the Forest Health Coordinator of Guam. Dr. Phil Cannon of the U.S. Forest Service also explains how other invasive species impact the forests of Guam.