Sustainability Verification Certificate (SVC)

Showcase Your Sustainability!

The National Hardwood Lumber Association offers a Sustainability Verification Certificate (SVC), for the specific role of assisting its members answer questions regarding the sustainability of North American hardwoods.

NHLA and its members are committed to the sustainability, education, and advocacy of North American Hardwoods. Sustainability is defined by ensuring that North American hardwoods are able to meet the needs of today while conserving the resources that will be needed tomorrow.

The sustainability of North American hardwoods has been documented and supported by a number of scientific and academic reports and independent and government agencies.

The SVC references specific information about the legality of hardwood forests, hardwood tree inventory, and growth rates in the United States and Canada. The letter is customized to each individual member company and contains their unique NHLA member number and renewal date.

The SVC is renewed every year. If you are a member and need to request a certificate, please call 901-377-1818, or fill out our contact form to get in touch.

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Use these resources to discover information related to the industry’s impact on the U.S. economy, emerging trends, hardwood sustainability, research, and more. Can’t find what you need or have a resource that we should add? Drop us a line at 901-377-1818.


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