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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Arbor Day Foundation Announces Matt Harris As New Chief Executive

  • The Arbor Day Foundation board of trustees has announced that Matt Harris will become the new chief executive of the Foundation effective July 1, 2014, the second in the organization’s history. Harris has been with the Foundation for 11 years, serving as president the last six.
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  • The Arbor Day Foundation board of trustees has announced that Matt Harris will become the new chief executive of the Foundation effective July 1, 2014, the second in the organization’s history.  Harris has been with the Foundation for 11 years, serving as president the last six.
     
    Doug Bereuter, chair of the board of trustees, remarked in announcing Harris’ promotion to chief executive, “Matt has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the Foundation through the years. His dedication to the Foundation’s mission and his passion for developing staff and building programs that are positioned for tremendous growth and impact are proven and respected.” Mr. Bereuter continued by noting, “The board is fully supportive and enthusiastic about Matt’s new role as CEO. We are confident the Foundation's growth and service to its loyal members will continue unabated with his leadership along with the strong and experienced executive management team and the devoted staff." The board voted unanimously to promote Harris to chief executive.
     
    “The work of the Arbor Day Foundation is as important as ever,” stated Harris. “We are poised to continue our leadership role in ensuring that trees are recognized as an important part of solving global issues. Planting trees helps to address pollution, water quality, climate change, hunger and poverty around the world,” Harris continued.
     
    “I have great confidence in the talent throughout our organization including an executive management team that has 55 years of collective experience with the Foundation. The entire team, along with our loyal members and our committed partners, make me genuinely enthusiastic about the future and the continued growth of our programs and impact,” remarked Harris.
     
    John Rosenow, founder of the Arbor Day Foundation, announced earlier this year his transition to retirement effective July 1, 2014. “Moving into the future with Matt as the new chief executive ensures a smooth transition,” Mr. Rosenow stated. “Along with Matt’s leadership, it’s through the loyalty and support of Foundation members and partners the Foundation will continue making a positive impact on so many people’s lives and the environment for many years.”
     
    The Arbor Day Foundation is in its fifth decade of creating and building large-scale, sustained programs to further its mission of inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
     
    For example,
     
    Arbor Day Foundation members and supporters have helped the Foundation plant some 250 million trees on five continents, including on 95 United States national and state forests that have been damaged by disease and fire.
     
    Page 2 of 2 - The Tree City USA community improvement program, launched in 1976, is the platform for enhanced urban forestry programs in towns and cities across America.
     
    The Arbor Day Foundation also works to improve tree planting and care by utility companies, and its Rain Forest Rescue program helps save threatened tropical rain forests through support of local communities. The Foundation also led the preservation of Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, a National Historic Landmark, and the development of Lied Lodge & Conference Center which serves business, conservation, and education groups from around the world.
     
    The Nature Explore program, a collaborative program of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, provides resources to create nature-rich outdoor classrooms at elementary schools, childcare centers, and domestic violence shelters to make enriching nature connections part of the daily lives of children.
     
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