The sky reflects on Houghton Lake in Prudenville, Michigan.
Michigan, USA The sky reflects on Houghton Lake in Prudenville, Michigan. © Aaron Burden

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John Erb Joins The Nature Conservancy’s Michigan Board of Trustees

Lansing, MI

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently welcomed John M. Erb to its Michigan Board of Trustees.

“We’re thrilled to have John Erb join our board,” said Helen Taylor, TNC’s state director for Michigan. “John has a personal and professional appreciation for our forests, plus a long-time history of philanthropic leadership in Michigan.”

Erb serves as Chair and CEO of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. a $300 million foundation headquartered in Royal Oak with a mission to advance an environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant metropolitan Detroit and a flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem. He also serves on the boards of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Detroit Zoological Society as well as on the board of governors for the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

At the University of Michigan, he serves on the Strategic Advisory Council for the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise as well as the Advisory Board for the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

“I’ve been an admirer, fan and supporter of The Nature Conservancy for quite a long time,” Erb said. “I’m proud and honored to serve in this leadership role.”

Erb began working at Erb Lumber as a stock boy at the age of 12 and progressed through all aspects of the business over his 38 years with the company, rising to the position of vice president of retail operations.

Erb graduated from the University of Denver and has served on the boards of the Council of Michigan Foundations, Cranbrook Educational Community, Detroit Public Television, Stratford Festival and Bank of Birmingham.

“John and his family’s foundation align well with what we’re trying to accomplish,” Taylor said. “He has been and will continue to be a vital leader for conservation in the Great Lakes State.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. Learn more online at nature.org/michigan

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.