Member Spotlight – FutureWood

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FutureWood’s roots go back to 1973 when William D. Johnson of Hayward, Wisconsin established Johnson Timber. William B. (Butch) Johnson assumed the business from his father in 1986, and FutureWood was founded in 1988 to provide forestry advice and services to woodland owners. Today, Butch Johnson continues to serve as FutureWood’s CEO, with DJ Aderman as President and Tim Pulskamp as Vice-President.

FutureWood uses best-practices and sustainable forestry management to help landowners get the most from their land while preserving healthy forests and woodlands for future generations. FutureWood’s foresters first help landowners define their goals by assessing various aspects including wildlife, scenic beauty, and economic value. They follow by implementing a science-based sustainable management plan to help reach those goals in harmony with the needs of the environment.

Forest management services available for landowners include:
  • Forestry best-management practices, including erosion control, maintenance of riparian management zones, and stream-crossing guidelines;
  • Harvesting and regeneration needs such as selective thinning, clear-cut harvesting to regenerate pioneer species, and seed tree/shelter wood preservation;
  • Improving the visual quality of land, which can mean shaping, sizing, creating buffer strips, and visual engineering;
  • Enhancing wildlife habitats by preserving seed-bearing or den trees, creating thermal cover for wintering species, and protecting rare-species sites;
  • Offering more recreational opportunities on land and water, from improving hunting and fishing zones to creating scenic hiking and riding trails.
FutureWood is third-party certified by the three most recognized conservation organizations in the world: FSC, PEFC, and SFI. Their certified professional foresters have extensive training and experience in writing long-term plans that allow landowners entry into Wisconsin’s Managed Forest Law program.

When a land-management plan includes sustainable harvesting, FutureWood makes sure that post-harvest progress stays true to the plan. With some timber, all that’s needed to ensure the best possible conditions for natural regeneration are appropriate silviculture techniques, such as thinning, shelterwood or regeneration harvest. Other timber species may require site preparation measures such as slash disposal, soil scarification, seeding or planting. FutureWood can also utilize its expertise in timber valuations. Being active in the marketplace, they have an exceptional understanding of the constant changes in the forest industry. Timber appraisal accuracy is ensured when experienced field foresters combine GIS technology with timber cruise data.

FutureWood’s comprehensive land-management services don’t end when the plan has been implemented. A sophisticated network of rail, shipping and trucking allows them to supply markets near and far with fiber, pulpwood and other forest products. The company maintains key contacts across the industry, giving them market access to lumber mills, paper mills and building-product mills both regionally and throughout the nation. When flooding hit the southern United States recently, FutureWood was called to provide pulpwood from Wisconsin to mills in Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and Kentucky. FutureWood has the transportation networks, the secured supply of stumpage, the loggers and the truckers – everything needed to ship raw forest products anywhere in the continental United States.

FutureWood works with people who care about what happens to their woodlands by using sustainable forestry management, helping landowners get the most from their land and preserving healthy forests and woodlands for future generations. Both FutureWood and Johnson Timber Corporation have long benefitted from the industry insights and personal relationships that come with their active involvement in the Forest Resources Association.
Steve Kariainen | FRA Lakes State Coordinator

Steve serves as the region coordinator for the Lake States Region