Ara Chackerian on Proper Forest Management and Its Positive Social and Ecological Effects

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As we have learned more about human impact on the environment, many people and industries are looking for ways to reduce the amount of harm and burden we put on nature. One area that really suffered from poor standard practices is the forestry industry, which has a long history of slash and burn activity, environmental devastation, and more. However, forward-thinking investors and land managers like Ara Chackerian understand that the key to success and sustainability is to use proper forest management practices in the timber industry.


Ara Chackerian is a well-known entrepreneur and what is called an “angel investor.” He uses his capital to help develop projects that will not only be financially successful but will also provide immense benefits for the local communities that these projects take place in. Healthy environmental practices are incredibly important to Ara Chackerian, who wants to leave the world a bit better than he found it, which is why he co-founded of Limonapa Teak.


Located in the Chinandega region of Nicaragua, Limonapa Teak is a sustainable teak producer, cultivating about a thousand acres of what was previously grazing land for cattle that had been devastated due to poor land management practices.


The soil had been repeatedly used up through years of unrelenting cattle grazing that came on the heels of dramatic deforestation, essentially leaving incredibly poor land that had to be overused in order to provide the local people with the capital and resources they needed for trade.


With the introduction of Ara Chackerian's Limonapa Teak, many local residents have been able to obtain regular employment in various elements of a sustainable forestry process. This is a better alternative that works for both the environment and the local community at the same time.


As Ara Chackerian notes, this not only helps to reforest and replenish the land that has long been misused through the years of grazing, it also helps to prop up the local economy by providing employment, as well as marketable commodities to trade on the world market. Ara Chackerian also notes that in addition to teak, Limonapa also produces sesame, moringa, and pitaya.


As we have learned more about ecology, we have come to understand that a forest is not a monolith of trees. It is actually an incredibly complex and sophisticated system comprised of a large number of organisms, big and small, all playing a key role in the health of the system. Forests provide much for both people and animals—food, timber, fibers, medicines, and more.


Additionally, many plants and animals also rely on carefully balanced forest ecosystems to ensure their own survival. Improper land management, as has been rampant in the past, has dramatically altered these environments and has led to destruction and sometimes the collapse of the ecosystem.


Our understanding of the interconnectedness and vulnerability of these incredibly important resources is what has led people like Ara Chackerian to emphasize proper forestry practices in his projects and investment endeavors. These ecosystems, while complicated and sophisticated, are also very resilient and with proper management and cultivation techniques the forest, and all the depends on it, can be made to thrive while still providing resources for the local and wider community.


Successful forest management programs are now being instituted by many different companies that work within the timber and other forestry industries. People like Ara Chackerian have been able to show that sustainable farming is not only possible, but that it can be profitable, providing immense amounts of benefits to the local community residents in terms of stable, decent employment, as well as high-value products to trade on the world market.


Efforts like Chackerian’s Limonapa Teak farm is just one example of how investors with heart and concern for the environment and people of the world can make a huge difference. Limonapa may be just one small teak farm in Nicaragua, but it has made a world of difference to the local environment and has improved the lives of countless people who can now rely on the company for employment. These kinds of efforts not only provide benefit to the local communities and their residents, but they also pay off for their investors. Limonapa has embraced healthy forest management techniques, employing sustainable harvesting methods and, in the process, has made a name for itself as having some of the highest quality teak products in the world.