Partnerships That Matter: NHLA & the Hardwood Federation

NHLA's commitment to representing our members' interest in Washington, DC, began over 111 years ago with the creation of the NHLA Rules. The Rules not only provided stability to developing hardwood markets, they also demonstrated the industry's willingness and ability to self-regulate. The implementation of the Rules through the NHLA Inspection Service, is the cornerstone of NHLA's long-term partnership with government agencies like the United States Department of Agriculture, and has helped prevent unnecessary regulation for generations.

Today, NHLA is proud to advocate on our members' behalf in Washington, DC through its partnership and support of the Hardwood Federation (HF). HF works collaboratively with its hardwood industry members to ensure our voices are heard by the administration, legislators and government officials. As HF's largest contributor, NHLA donates 10% of member dues annually.

Follow the NHLA Blog for the latest news on tariffs, exports and all these government affairs. Right now, we want to Your Opinion on the Potential Hardwood Tariffs. 

Write Your Members of Congress

Writing your Congressional members (Representatives or Senators) is an extremely effective way to voice your opinion on an issue and try to persuade them to support or appose an action or piece of legislation. To help you compose a well-written and powerful letter, we've put together some helpful information.

Who to Contact:
You should write to your specific Congressional member. If you know who your Congressional members are, you can look up their address and email address on their websites. If you don't know who your Senators or Representatives are, then find out by visiting  - Who Is My Representative.

General Writing Advice
1. You can use the template HERE as an example. The the best letters utilize personalized accounts of a program that directly impacts you and your community. Explain who you are. If there is a particular reason (such as professional or personal credentials or experience) that you are qualified to address the topic you are writing about, say so.

2. Make sure your letter is focused on addressing one single topic or issue and state your main purpose in the opening paragraph of your letter. Example: My name is Bob Smith, and I am writing this letter to ask you that you vote in favor of SB0000.

3. Be informed and knowledgeable about the topic at hand. Be honest and accurate in the information you present. Use specific statistics, numbers or examples.

4. The best letters are succinct and courteous.

5. Proofread your letter

6. Know who and how to address your letter.
For your Senator:
The Honorable (full name)
(Room Number) (Name) Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (last name)

For your House Representative:
The Honorable (full name)
(Room Name) (Name) House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515
Dear Representative (last name)

7. Your vote, your voice matters.