John Palmer has been a tropical forester for over 40 years, working in 37 countries in all the main rainforest areas but starting as a tea boy with the Forestry Commission of Great Britain. John was deputy coordinator of the special program for developing countries of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. He was science adviser and Board secretary (1991-1994) on the team, which established the CGIAR Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) at Bogor in Indonesia. During 1997-2006 he was manager of the UK government’s tropical forestry research program with 30 active projects in up to 70 countries. He is now co-editor of the newsletter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF), hosted by the Society of American Foresters, and works on international standards for quality of forest management and legality verification.