Issues and Advocacy

The Foundation of the Hardwood Industry Since 1898

NHLA’s commitment to representing our members’ interests in Washington, D.C. began more than 125 years ago with the creation of the NHLA Hardwood Lumber Grading Rules. The Rules not only provide stability to developing hardwood markets, but they also demonstrate the industry’s willingness and ability to self-regulate. The implementation of the Rules through the NHLA Inspection Services is the cornerstone of NHLA’s long-term partnership with government agencies like the United States Department of Agriculture and has helped prevent unnecessary government regulations on the hardwood industry.

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A United Voice for the Hardwood Industry

Today, NHLA is proud to advocate on our members’ behalf in Washington, D.C. 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. Over the last 5 years, NHLA and its members have contributed more than $900,000 to support the work of the Hardwood Federation.

Write to Congress

Write to the Representatives that represent your Congressional districts

Hardwood Federation Fly-In

Every year, NHLA joins the Hardwood Federation in Washington, D.C. for the Fly-In, an excellent opportunity to speak with elected officials on Capitol Hill about what's important to your business and the hardwood industry. 

Industry News & Trends

NHLA monitors and reports on all major hardwood industry news and trends. Stay up to date with us

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