When you think of Michigan you probably think of the auto industry, but did you know the state led the nation in lumber production for much of the late 19th century? In fact, the industry started just a few miles from our location and many mills were built along the Saginaw River, which empties into the Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. This location played a key role for loggers because the lumber needed to be floated to the mills and then to market.
By 1889-1890 Michigan’s lumber production peaked when a total of 5.5 billion board feet of lumber (mostly pine) was cut. Much of the wood was shipped to the Northeast and Chicago where it was used to build cities, homes, and railroad tracks. Many thought the abundance of forests in the state would allow the industry to flourish for many years. But with few regulations and an influx of proprietors moving in to take advantage of the inexpensive land, most of the forests were cut by the 1900s.
Although we’re nowhere near the heyday of the lumber boom, decades of restoration and sustainability efforts have helped revive Michigan’s natural resources for logging. Today, more than half of Michigan is still forested with over 20 million acres of land that supplies many industries with some of the finest hard woods in North America. The wood used for our fencing materials is sourced from first-rate timber in northern Michigan and processed by the regional Amish community who take great care in supplying quality long-lasting goods. Our fencing materials are in stock, freshly cut and treated, and ready to be shipped nationwide within days.
Synonymous with quality and craftsmanship, Amish sawmills are one of the United States’ most trusted providers of top-quality hardwood and lumber products. Sourced from modern sawmills in the heart of Michigan’s Amish country, Meadow Ridge Farms & Supply delivers superior, long-lasting fencing products nationwide.