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.

AHEC Mike Snow in Hardwood Matters Magazine European Union “Deforestation Regulation” EUDR
January 10, 2024
The European Union “Deforestation Regulation” (EUDR) Represents a Significant Change in the International Regulatory Environment and a Major Challenge for Small, Non-Industrial Timber Operators, Including the US Hardwood Industry
The EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) represents a very significant change in the regulatory […]
Hardwood Federation featured in Hardwood Matters magazine with the National Hardwood Lumber Association
January 9, 2024
Carbon Markets and Hardwoods – Key Players
The U.S. has witnessed an exponential increase in the number of private carbon […]
Rules Corner monthly with Chief inspector Dana Spessert breaking down different NHLA Grading Rule definitions and terms
January 9, 2024
Unveiling Ambiguities: Exploring Controversial Terms in the NHLA Rules Book
The National Hardwood Lumber Association created the Rules for Inspection of Hardwood Lumber […]
Dr. Sally Augustine, PhD, an environmental/design psychologist, led the charge, unraveling the secrets of biophilic design.
January 9, 2024
A New Year – A New Resolution
There is a drinking game, or so I’ve been told, called “Never have […]
Dallin Brooks in Hardwood Matters January February Edition
January 9, 2024
The Imperfect Journey of Decision-Making
I have lived in Canada and the United States. I have experienced the […]
New Year
January 9, 2024
Chart a Course for the New Year
I am always enthused at the beginning of a new year. What lies […]

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