University of Vermont

Yurij Bihun

Yurij Bihun

Part-Time Lecturer

Phone: 802-899-1249
Office: 312G Aiken Center

Areas of Interest

Sustainable forest management and low-impact timber harvesting, wood markets and utilization, biomass energy, forest history, community-based forestry, investments in locally controlled forestry, and protected area management

Yurij Bihun is a forest resource analyst with over 30 years of relevant experience in conservation and international development in sustainable forest management, community forestry, extension and outreach, third-party certification, wood-product marketing and promotion, climate change, forest policy, carbon market development, and protected area management. In addition to teaching, research, writing and public speaking, Mr. Bihun has a solid background in program management and a wide spectrum of on-the-ground experience working with sustainable management of forest ecosystems and the restoration of natural landscapes. The geographic scope of his experience includes long and short-term work in North America, Central & Eastern Europe (CEE), Eurasia and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. Since 1982, he has worked on a variety of forestry, value-added product development and certification projects in LAC. He has worked in Central and Eastern Europe since 1993. From 2003-2004, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU) in western Ukraine and traveled extensively in the region. He was invited to return to Ukraine as a short-term Senior Fulbright Specialist in the fall of 2006.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Bihun has been a consultant and advisor to the public and private sector as well as NGOs. Among the environmental NGOs he has worked with include: the Pinchot Institute, the National Forest Foundation (NFF), The Wilderness Society (TWS), the Coastal Rainforest Coalition (CRC), WWF-US, WWF-UK, WWF-DCPO, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the National Wildlife Federation, the Green Mountain Club (GMC), the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as well as others.


MS, Forest Genetics, University of Maine
BS, Forest Management, Oregon State University
BA, European History and Russian Area Studies, Lafayette College
Diploma in teaching English as a second/foreign language, St. Michael's College

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