Ara Chackerian of Limonapa Teak Strikes the Balance

Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese art of “forest bathing”, is something advocated in Japan to help people become more in tune with nature. It is also a way to defragment some of the electricity and tension that can be built up in life in cities. Ara Chackerian, an angel investor and philanthropist who works with a sustainable eco-friendly teak wood tree company in Nicaragua, understands this value and balance very well. He has created work for local workers in Nicaragua and has also struck a balance between overtly harvesting and de-populating forests, to what he calls “forest thinning” (which can provide a sizable income to local governments’ budgets, while still maintaining their integrity and longevity).




The general idea for this type of balance is also known as “targeted deforestation”- which selectively trims trees for paper products and other companies which use wood. In the United States, there is a species of bird called the Kirtland’s Warbler which prefers to have trees closer together in order to live more comfortably. Ara Chackerian notes that some trees prefer to be closer together for optimal wildlife habitats, yet at the same time this may not hold true for us as a human race who prefer more scenic and spaced-out trees from time to time; He knows that animals prefer the more densely arranged forests to survive. An example of this is especially true in Michigan, where they have found a way to strike a balance and add $21 to their annual state budget. Check out



With nature only being one side of his life, Ara Chackerian was not always just the president and co-founder of Limonapa Teak in Nicaragua. Decades prior to this, he was building successful health companies that interact with Diagnostic Imaging services. One of his main business dealings is what is known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, which treats issues dealing with psychology and mental health.



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