North American Hardwoods

Renewable. Biodegradable. Sustainable.

This section of our website is dedicated to showing the sustainability of North American hardwoods. We have put together some great quick facts that you will find on the “Hardwood Benefits” tab.  If you are looking for something a little more visual, you will want to check out our Video Resources tab.” 

North American hardwoods are also incredibly important to our economy.  Check out the Economic Impact Study to see more.

You can also explore the environmental profile of American hardwoods in more detail using the American Hardwood Export Council’s online tools:

  • American Hardwood Forest Explorer provides detailed information on hardwood forest volume, growth and harvest at state and county level throughout the United States.
  • American Hardwood Environmental Profiler is an interactive tool for AHEC members providing environmental impact data such as carbon footprint, forest replenishment time, acidification, and eutrophication for different species, lumber thicknesses and transport scenarios.

Why Are North American Hardwoods Sustainable?

America has more temperate hardwood species than any other country, and its accomplishments in ensuring the long-term viability of its hardwood forests are unmatched by the rest of the world. The hardwood forests of North America support robust and healthy standing timber, as well as a vast and diverse wildlife population, clean rivers and streams, and a myriad of recreational activities.

Improved forest management and state and federal laws, along with an industry and public willingness to maintain forests, have resulted in a spectacular recovery and rejuvenation of the American hardwood supply.

The world’s greatest producer of sawn hardwood is the hardwood sawmilling and processing industry, which is reliant on North American forests. The United States and Canada have worked hard to sustain our forests through smart forest management. As a result, both countries grow more hardwood each year than it harvests, providing reliable and long-term supply.

To learn more about why you should choose North American Hardwoods, click on the photo below.

*Information courtesy of AHEC

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