Hardwoods from America offer specifiers, manufacturers and end-users around the world a great variety of colour, grain and character; from the warm, darker tones of walnut, elm, cherry and red oak to the lighter hues of white oak, maple and ash. The real advantage for the manufacturer is that both veneers and solids are available in most species ensuring a good fit for any project
American hardwoods are traded under a Standard set of grading rules that have been accepted throughout the hardwood industry. These Rules were established over 100 years ago by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) and provide consistency and a common language that both buyer and seller can work with to produce successful transactions over and over again. Visit the AHEC website for more information. www.americanhardwood.org
No other country can boast the success the Americans have had in the sustainability of its hardwood forests. Due to the intensive application of Best Management Practices (BMP), the hardwood forests in America not only support a vibrant healthy stand of timber, but also huge populations of wildlife, clean rivers and streams, and a host of recreational activities. The net volume of hardwood growing stock in the USA increased from 184,090 million cubic feet in 1953 to just under 400,000 million cubic feet in 2007.