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Why MCWP Loves Missouri’s Natural Resources

There's always a lot to learn and love about Missouri. Missouri is known as the show-me state, and one of the many reasons it gets that name is because of our state's precious natural resources. From lead and iron production, Missouri ranks top for its immense supply of raw materials. Additionally, our state provides agricultural commodities, including water, highway, and railways.

Above all else, Missouri is known for its abundant forests and woodlands. Madison County Wood Products benefit greatly from Missouri’s natural resources, providing an opportunity to best serve our customers with the plentiful amount of wood products.

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Brief History of Missouri's Forests & Woodlands

In the early 1800s, close to 70% of Missouri was forested. Today, around one-third of the land area in Missouri is wooded, equalling 15.5 million acres! Missouri forests and woodlands contribute to healthy soils and streams. Our forests stabilize soils, prevent erosion, and improve air quality. Forests reduce carbon dioxide and reduce the earth's climate.

If managed wisely, a healthy forest will keep producing quality trees for years, creating tremendous economic, environmental, and social benefits. Not only are Missouri forests and woodlands incredibly beneficial to the state's ecosystem, but our forests have become this state's greatest renewable resource, and Missouri's forest products industry provides thousands of jobs to Missourians. Missouri's forest products industry contributes nearly $10 billion to the state's economy. As a state-built industry, it employs nearly 53,000 people.

Our forests produce some of the finest oak, walnut, pine, and red cedar trees in the country. Many states depend on Missouri for the lumber. Madison County Wood Products knows firsthand how vital Missouri forests are to the state's economy and environment.

Our forests have seen tremendous growth over the last century. Madison County Wood Products has become the largest supplier of pallets in Missouri and one of the largest pallet producers in the midwest.

MCWP Our Preservation and Benefits of Missouri Forests

Currently, our forests are growing at more than twice the harvest rate, and Missouri's sustainably harvested forest products are in demand worldwide. The Missouri timber industry is a major contributor to the state's economy, showing the diversity of our state and proving that it is the top economic driver.

At Madison County Wood Products, we're committed to using the whole log every...single...time! We reduce waste using scanning and automation technologies that allow better log utilization. As stewards of the environment, Madison County Wood Products wants to highlight the key benefits trees provide to the environment and ecosystems around us!

We are passionate about managing our natural resources; MCWP takes steps to ensure healthy, viable forests for generations to come. We focus on sustainability in every area, from forest management to operational management.

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At Madison County Wood Products, we are spreading awareness about the positive environmental impacts of using wood. Our job as wood managers is to guide skillfully, and sustainably harvest the Missouri timber we source. MCWP allows forests to regenerate after sourcing timber, reducing carbon footprint.

We love this midwest state for more than the trees, but we sure appreciate the abundance the Lord gave us!


Bryan Kesting is the VP of Sales for Madison County Wood Products – he’s also a 2nd generation Co-Owner of the family-run business. He helps set the company's direction and continually pursues industry-changing opportunities. Bryan is proud to serve MCWP’s clients and the entire team, from the loggers to the drivers delivering the finished goods. Everything he does supports the company’s drive to be an incredibly vertically operated wood products company by managing acreage, harvesting, logging, milling, and manufacturing while focusing on zero waste by using the whole log.


Madison County Wood Products Inc. is a vertically integrated company specializing in land and timber management, logging, sawmilling, and pallet manufacturing. With a focus on environmental impact, we take a zero-waste approach while providing customers with quality products, competitive prices, and on-time deliveries.

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