Barreling Towards a Sustainable Future

Earth Day is a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, encouraging people and businesses to take action for a healthier planet and brighter future.

The Effects of Climate Change on White Oak

The changing climate presents foresters and land managers with a variety of new challenges. The good news? With proper forest management, white oak should be just fine.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Our company was founded in 1912 and we have been fortunate to have had access to a steady supply of white oak throughout our history. For decades, ISC has invested in the sustainability of our most valuable resource – white oak. While we are confident there is an ample supply for the next 110 years, we also believe that we have a responsibility to support the long-term sustainability of white oak to protect the heritage of our company and our distillery partners.

Missouri Woodland Steward Program

Supporting Missouri Woodland Owner EducationMissouri Woodland Steward is a natural resource education program through the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) that helps Missouri woodland owners become competent and connected. Through field days and workshops, landowners and land managers learn to rehabilitate neglected woods, identify, …

Promoting the Long-term Sustainability of White Oak with the White Oak Initiative

Sustainability is always top of mind at ISC Barrels. Continuity of log supply is essential to ensuring we can make the barrels that our customers need to craft the world’s finest spirits. As a fourth generation, family-owned company, we plan for the future of our next generation and routinely ask the question – what do we need to be doing to guarantee the continued abundance of cooperage quality white oak that we have today, 50 to 100 years from now?

Forest Management

Besides the differences in what an oak species can impart to the spirit in flavor, there are vast differences in how each country manages their oak forests… [MORE]

Partnering with American Forests

Independent Stave Company and American Forests have launched a one of-its-kind Oak Restoration Fund to invest in key projects that ensure the sustainability of oak forests.

Independent Stave Company is passionate about sustainable forest management. Partnerships with organizations like American Forests are important to us to continue finding ways to translate this passion into action.

Missouri Forest Products Association’s Logging School

At ISC, we take sustainability and growth of our white oak resource seriously. We support the Missouri Forest Products Association Logging school which emphasizes the importance of safely harvesting timber while implementing sustainable management practices to ensure the long-term health of our forests.

Benton Wood Products to Open in Western Kentucky

In September, 20 employees, local and state officials, loggers, community members, and media representatives gathered at the site of the future Benton Wood Products in Marshall County, Kentucky for an official ground breaking ceremony.