Sustainability of North American Hardwoods

Renewable. Biodegradable. Sustainable.

This section of our website is dedicated to sharing the facts about the sustainability of North American hardwoods. The U.S. hardwood resource is mainly located in the east from Maine in the North to the Gulf of Mexico in the South, and westwards across to the Mississippi valley. Today, North America is home to more temperate hardwood species than any other region of the world.


Hardwood Benefits

North American hardwoods are incredibly important to our economy and our planet. Hardwood products offer a sustainable solution for building materials, homes, furniture, and much more. The economic impact of the hardwood industry is best illustrated in the Economic Impact Study.

Explore the environmental profile of North American hardwoods in more detail using the American Hardwood Export Council’s online tools:

American Hardwood Forest Explorer

This interactive map provides detailed information on hardwood forest volume, growth, and harvest at the state and county level throughout the United States.

American Hardwood Environmental Profile

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.

NHLA Member Sustainablity

NHLA offers its members the Sustainability Verification Certificate to help understand and answer questions regarding the sustainability of North American hardwoods. Learn more about getting your SVC today!

Video Resources

Our Video Assets provide a fun way to learn more about the variety and sustainability of North American hardwoods.

Sustainability of North American Hardwoods video resources image

Subscribe to the NHLA Newsletter

Discover the world of hardwood like never before with the National Hardwood Lumber Association’s newsletter! We invite you to join our community of hardwood enthusiasts, professionals, and hobbyists by signing up today.