National Hardwood Lumber Association 

Strong Roots. Global Reach.

The National Hardwood Lumber Association
North America’s largest hardwood trade association.
Serving the industry since 1898.

NHLA is committed to providing its members with the resources needed to drive business, market share, and industry visibility. From standards and guidelines to lobbying efforts, marketing services, and more, NHLA strives for new heights of collaborative excellence. We are not only the premier North American hardwood trade association, but we are also the founder, keeper, and educator of the NHLA Hardwood Lumber Grading Rules and the unified voice of the hardwood industry. 


Come GROW with US! Join hundreds of hardwood industry companies who are committed to furthering the hardwood industry as a renewable and sustainable resource, contributing to the overall quality of everyday life for ALL.

NHLA Services

NHLA provides uniquely designed services that help hardwood companies solve their top business challenges. Our team of experts has the experience and knowledge to identify and solve your unique issues. Explore the services and programs we offer.


Meet us in St. Louis! Join us in the "Show Me" State at the 2024 NHLA Annual Convention, October 2-4, 2024, in St. Louis, MO. 


The NHLA Calendar includes educational courses developed specifically for the hardwood industry, industry events and affiliated group meetings.

NHLA Member of the Month

We are proud to recognize Newman Lumber Company as our Member of the Month. Thank you for an incredible 48 years of membership!


The Latest News From NHLA

NHLA takes great pride in providing members with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their companies.
Read-up on all the latest happenings in the Association, the Hardwood Industry, and how NHLA is advocating for members today.

Railway Tie Association, 2023 Year In-Review, the Director’s Perspective By Nate Irby, Railway Tie Association (RTA) in the April 2024 edition of Hardwood Matters
April 12, 2024
Railway Tie Association, 2023 Year In-Review, the Director’s Perspective
RTA is a membership association dedicated to serve the railroad crosstie and timber […]
Hardwood Matters April 2024 Rules Corner written by Chief Inspector Dana Spessert | Wood Innovation and Optimization
April 12, 2024
“Is it automated or optimized?” – April Rules Corner
As a young man growing up in this industry, I have witnessed many […]
April 12, 2024
Timber Talent: Exploring the Decline of Youth Interest in the Hardwood Industry
Current management in the hardwood industry reports strains to attract young talent into […]
Legislative Log in April 2024 Hardwood Matters, EPA Piles on Red Tape, Releases Stringent Air Quality Standard By DANA COLE, Executive Director of the Hardwood Federation
April 12, 2024
EPA Piles on Red Tape, Releases Stringent Air Quality Standard
On February 7, EPA announced it would tighten the final air quality standard […]
Allied Angle in April 2024 Hardwood Matters written by Scott Dane, Executive Director of the American Loggers Council
April 12, 2024
Stronger Together
The title of this column, “Allied Angle”, is the very essence of this […]
Membership Matters, April 2024 Hardwood Matters written by Chief Development Officer John Hester
April 12, 2024
NHLA Wins International Booth Competition at IHLA
Well, we would have if there had been a competition. Ray, Ashley, Liz, […]

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