Erixson reappointed as Nebraska Forest Service Director

John Erixson
John Erixson, director of the Nebraska Forest Service, has been reappointed to a second five-year term in the position. His appointment was effective Nov. 1.
November 21, 2022

Lincoln, Neb. —John Erixson, director of the Nebraska Forest Service, has been reappointed to a second five-year term in the position. His appointment was effective Nov. 1.

Erixson has led the Nebraska Forest Service, which is part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, since 2017. During his time, he has helped guide the state’s response to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer, as well as to increasingly frequent wildfires. The Forest Service has also been a key partner in the launch of UNL’s new regional and community forestry major, which is offered through the School of Natural Resources. 

Prior to serving in his current role, Erixson, a Nebraska native, spent two years as the Nebraska Forest Service deputy director. Before that, he worked for more than 20 years managing natural resources in Idaho for a private consulting firm. Erixson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Idaho. He is an active member of several regional and national organizations, including the Society of American Foresters and the Invasive Species Council.

“John is an effective leader who has cultivated strong relationships with Nebraskans and partner organizations from across the state,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president and Harlan Vice Chancellor for IANR. “I am confident that the Nebraska Forest Service will continue its strong momentum over the next five years under his continued leadership.”

The Nebraska Forest Service is the state’s forest agency. It aims to enrich the lives of Nebraskans by protecting, restoring and utilizing the state’s tree and forest resources. For more information, visit https://nfs.unl.edu