Steve Kariainen | FRA Lakes State Coordinator

Steve Kariainen | FRA Lakes State Coordinator

Steve serves as the region coordinator for the Lake States Region

Most of us know, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor take warning.”

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.
Earth Day - an event celebrated worldwide each year on April 22nd - has its roots in the Lake States Region, as Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson proclaimed the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.
The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), established by Gifford Pinchot in 1910, is the national forest products research lab of the USDA Forest Service.  By producing high-quality, science-based innovation, FPL research quite literally improves the safety, comfort, and well-being of every American, every day.
It’s hard to think of any saying that fits the wood fiber supply chain any better than, “Move it or lose it!” For the wood supply chain to function properly, there must be a means of safely and efficiently moving wood fiber from the forest, through primary and secondary processing, and on to the ultimate end user.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is said to have first been developed in Switzerland in the early 1990’s. Since then, it has become increasingly popular across Europe in modern architecture and building construction, and it now appears to be gaining some momentum here in North America.
Not many know this, but the Biewer family was not always in the lumber business. The family, originally from Germany, made a living as a brewmeister. Prohibition eventually shut down the Biewer beer business, leaving the family looking for other opportunities.
Workforce development is a top priority for the forest products industry as well as for many other industries. Primary education focuses on preparing students for higher education but often fails to address...
Much of the controversy over the listing of the northern spotted owl has subsided, but the memory of what took place and the impact of the listing on many rural communities in the Pacific Northwest remains.
Ticks have made headlines in recent years with seven new tick-borne pathogens having been discovered in the U.S. since 2004.  The latest is called Powassan, named after the municipality in Ontario where the illness was first identified in 1958.
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