Forest products

Welcome to Teraprom Forest Products. Our mission is to sustainably utilize the wood products produced from properties we own and manage. At the heart of our mission is sustainability and an absolute commitment to improving the quality of the woodlands that we own, such that their productivity is improved as a result of our stewardship. 

We offer the following products for sale and would be happy to provide you with what the pieces you need for your project:

Custom Hand-crafted Rustic Furniture - handmade rustic furniture including fireplace mantels, benches, table tops and bar tops for homes and businesses.

Teraprom's philosophy regarding the harvesting of trees and the production of forest products::
  1. Invasive or non-native species - Invasive or non-native species are trees or shrubs which were introduced by man and are not part of the natural environment. A few examples from west-central Illinois include: Osage Orange, Black Locust, Autumn Olive, Amur Honeysuckle and Multiflora Rose. Some of these, like Osage Orange, produce incredibly abundant, beautiful and valuable wood. For these species, we harvest all that we can to free up space for native species to flourish and generate operating funds for the maintenance of our properties. This is a perfect example of utilizing natural resources to benefit the environment.
  2. Reclaimed wood - Reclaimed wood includes native species that have died naturally in the woods. This could be a white oak tree that fell over five years ago, yet still has strong heartwood, or a tree that was blown over during a recent thunderstorm. Wildlife use some of these "snags" and dead trees, so we carefully consider the wildlife impact of harvesting this type of wood. This category also includes second-use lumber from old buildings which are being de-constructed.
  3. Small-diameter native species - This category includes trees which are native to Illinois, such as valuable species like White and Red Oak, Black Walnut, Hickory, Maple and Cherry. For smaller trees less than eight inches in diameter, we cut these species to increase sunlight to the forest floor and to decrease the competition for resources for larger trees in the area. Many of the trees we cut in this category are three inches or less in diameter and are used to produce walking sticks, log furniture and craft pieces, which are sold to businesses, artisans and hobbyists across the country. Cutting this type of tree is highly beneficial to the forest because it thins out the understory. Before humans were present in such large numbers, forests would burn naturally every so often, keeping the understory in check, and encouraging the sprouting of new oak seedings. Today, many of the sun-loving oak-hickory forests are giving way to shade tolerant maple-elm forests. In order to sustain the natural oak-hickory forest type into the future, it is our goal to keep the number of maples, elms and other shade tolerant species (e.g., Eastern Hophornbeam, American Hornbeam, etc.) in check so that the next generation of oaks and hickories can thrive.
  4. Large-diameter native species - Large and growing native trees, such as those twelve inches or more in diameter are subjected to the greatest scrutiny before they are harvested. Their harvest is done on a selective basis, where only a few trees in a given area are cut. This method opens up the canopy to enable the next generation of native hardwoods to thrive. These trees are managed according to a Forest Stewardship Plan.
If you're interested in our Forest Products, please visit our eBay Store, where we sell walking sticks as well as lumber products harvested from our properties.