About the National Hardwood Lumber Association

Strong Roots. Global Reach.

NHLA was founded in 1898 when 37 lumbermen met in Chicago to establish uniformity in the grade and trade of hardwood lumber.

Today, the National Hardwood Lumber Association is a membership-based international trade association dedicated to the hardwood industry. We are the voice of the hardwood industry and represent the entire hardwood supply chain at all levels of production.

Associations in the lumber industry have proliferated over the years. Today, there are dozens of regional and state associations in the hardwood lumber industry alone. The National Hardwood Lumber Association is the only national voice for the hardwood industry. 

Our mission is to serve NHLA Members engaged in the commerce of North American hardwood lumber by maintaining order, structure, and ethics in the changing global hardwood marketplace; providing unique member services; promoting North American hardwood lumber and advocating the interest of the hardwood community in public/private policy issues; and providing a platform for networking opportunities.

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