On the morning of March 21st after a special ceremony of the Tongva tribe, Mr. Daryl Supernaw, Fourth District Councilman of the City of Long Beach, presented certificates of recognition to the event organizers, World Wood Day Foundation and International Wood Culture Society. Welcome remarks were delivered by Dr. Andrew Wong, IUFRO representative, Dr. Howard Rosen, WWDF Chairman, and Dr. Chung-Yun Hse, President of IWCS. The pinnacle of the opening ceremony was the multi-cultural music performances by nine groups of professional musicians from six continents.