Weyerhaeuser’s Ara Erickson Joins American Forests’ Board of Directors
As Director of Corporate Sustainability for one of the world’s largest timber and wood product manufacturers, Erickson brings unique expertise to the conservation nonprofit
(Washington, DC) – American Forests announces Weyerhaeuser’s Ara Erickson as the newest member of its Board of Directors. This appointment underlines the efforts of the nation’s oldest conservation organization to more closely align with the leading private landowners and forest products companies driving innovation and sustainability in the forest sector.
Erickson serves as Director for Weyerhaeuser’s Corporate Sustainability program. Her team is responsible for developing the company’s sustainability strategy and helps ensure a sustainable supply chain for Weyerhaeuser’s timber and wood product customers. Prior to this position, she directed a community-based urban forest restoration program and worked as an environmental researcher and consultant.
“With her diversity of professional experience spanning so many of American Forests’ priorities, Ara Erickson is a natural fit for our Board of Directors,” said American Forests President & CEO Jad Daley. “We look forward to working with her as a resource and advisor to advance our resiliency and sustainability efforts across the United States.”
Weyerhaeuser is one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands and one of the largest manufacturers of wood products in North America. American Forests, with its focus on stewardship and sustainability, contends that gathering expertise and credentials from one of America’s largest forest production companies is essential in joining all stakeholders to the conservation conversation.
Erickson’s appointment to the American Forests Board of Directors is not the first time that the groups have worked together toward a common goal. Frederick Weyerhaeuser, representing the prominent Weyerhaeuser family before the business incorporated, joined together with other influential foresters and concerned citizens on the American Forests committee that created the first American Forests Congress in 1905.
About American Forests
Founded in 1875, American Forests is the nation’s oldest conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s forests, but our work today is more critical than ever because forests are a natural climate solution. Since 1990 alone, we have planted over 60 million trees in forest restoration projects in all 50 U.S. states. We have also worked in dozens of cities across America, expanding tree canopy and making our communities more sustainable, beautiful and livable. Together, these projects recover hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, safeguard vital watersheds, absorb millions of tons of greenhouse gases and protect some of the most stunning landscapes in America.