As a manufacturer and supplier of products made from natural resources, it’s our responsibility to make sure those resources are protected and responsibly managed. Both your customers and our business demand nothing less. We do our part by actively pursuing the strictest sourcing and resource management practices.
Legal, Sustainable, Abundant Resource
North American Hardwoods are among the most plentiful and well-managed natural resources in the world. Hardwood forests naturally regenerate themselves and do not require planting. The preferred method of harvesting is single-tree selection. This provides a sustainable supply and ensures the overall health of the forest – including water quality, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity. As a result, the volume of hardwoods has more than doubled since 1950.
We have a team of over 40 professional foresters throughout the various growing regions who are knowledgeable and experienced in forest management best practices as well as sustainable forest management. This team is responsible for operating forest harvests in a way that promotes a continuous supply of high quality, desirable hardwood trees for the company’s sawmill, while maintaining and enhancing all the other benefits that healthy forests provide, such as clean water, clean air and recreation, both for today and for future generations.
FSC® Chain-of-Custody Standard
Northwest Hardwoods is certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood Standards. We can offer a variety of products and species with FSC® claims. Ask us today about availability and refer to the www.fsc.org for more details.
Products certified to the PEFC Chain-of-Custody Standard
PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification standard promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to ensure good forest practices and wood sourcing.
Northwest Hardwoods PEFC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certified alder, PC maple, PC birch, and hemlock are sourced from forests certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and PEFC. Each national forest certification system undergoes rigorous, third party assessment against PEFC’s unique Sustainability Benchmarks to ensure consistency with worldwide standards.
NHLA Sustainability Verification
Northwest Hardwoods is a member in good standing in the National Hardwood Lumber Association’s sustainability verification program. The NHLA and its members are committed to the sustainability, education and advocacy of North American Hardwoods.
Certified Appalachian Sustainable and Legal
Northwest Hardwoods is “Certified Appalachian” through the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. Northwest Hardwoods has successfully passed a third-party audit which verifies that our Appalachian products are legally and sustainably sourced from the 65 million acres in the 12-state region with a growth-to-removal ratio of 2.4 to 1.
Legally Sourced Imports
Our commitment to providing certified, legally sourced hardwood products extends beyond our North American offerings to all imported species as well. You can be assured we’ve applied stringent due diligence to ensure all hardwood products you buy from us, including exotic hardwoods, are sourced from legal and sustainable timberlands.