Ara Chackerian: Nature Conservation as a Passion

Ara Chackerian is the Managing Partner of ASC Capital Holdings, and the co-founder and board member of TMS Health Solutions. He is based in San Francisco, California, where he majors in investment, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. During his career life, he was primarily involved in the development of the healthcare services by employing technology. Previously, he built other healthcare companies including PipelineRX, BMC Diagnostics, and Embion/Provider Links. His keen interest in the environment led to the launching of the Limonapa Teak, an ecological teak farm based in Nicaragua.


The farm has brought about various advantages including job creation for the locals and the enhancement of the ecosystem. Chackerian recently addressed the forestation issue in Japan, noting the considerable reduction in the domestic use of charcoal and firewood in the 1950’s, due to the increased use of fossil fuels as a source of energy. However, there was a rising demand for construction materials such as timber. To meet the requirements, the Forestry Agency launched a campaign for expanding the forests. The mission was aimed at clearing the Buna forest and plant fast-growing trees such as confers, intending to avail construction materials and positively influence the economy.


Chackerian discloses that the government initiative to plant fast-growing trees saw the Japanese artificial forests rise from 27 per cent to 44 percent by 1985. It is essential to acknowledge the significance of forests to both humans and other animals. Destruction of natural habitats renders animals hungry and homeless; hence they roam in search of other places to live and protection from their predators. Presently, the planted forests in Japan have spread from the Hokkaido to the Kagoshima Prefecture. Several municipalities chose confers as their symbol tree and planted them thus embracing their beauty and promoting their growth. For more details you can visit


The tree has some attractive features such as fast growth, logs used in the growth of mushrooms, the source of firewood and energy, production of toys, musical instruments and plywood, and their extensive use in furniture and flooring ventures. The Nature Conservation of Japan launched organizations in a bid to rescue the forests. The organizations played crucial roles in inhibiting further logging and ensuring the full growth of trees to regain their nature. To see more you can visit