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Fast Facts on American Hardwoods

Homegrown ~ Don’t search the globe for renewable and sustainable materials:  American hardwoods fit the bill! From alder and cherry to the oaks and walnut – to name just a few – American hardwoods have been bringing warmth and beauty to the built environment for centuries.

Selection ~ Nearly two dozen abundant species provide plenty of color, grain and pattern.  American hardwood forests offer more choices than any other temperate hardwood forest in the world.

The Natural Choice ~ American hardwoods are the natural choice for environmentally conscious builders, architects and designers looking to specify green materials.

Healthy ~ American hardwoods are ideal for healthy environments.  They don’t trap dust, dirt and other allergens.  Low-VOC finishes keep hardwoods looking great and performing well.

Renewing Resource ~ The USDA Forest Service reports that more hardwoods grow than are harvested each year.  Since 1953, the volume of hardwoods in American forests has increased 119%.  Supply is increasing and it is sustainable.  

Natural Regeneration ~ By mirroring natural occurrences, hardwood forestry practices are a long-established form of biomimicry that supports natural regeneration.

Responsible Harvesting ~ In american hardwood forestry, based on regional climate factors, single-tree selection is a preferred harvesting method.  Foresters choose individual trees for harvest based on a complex array of considerations.

Life Cycle Costing ~ When considering life cycle costing, the useful life of American hardwoods can span generations, making them more favorable and cost effective than most other materials.

Energy Efficient ~ It takes less energy to make products from wood than other materials.  Making products from aluminum, glass, plastic, cement or brick can require as much as 126 times form energy than making them from wood.


Reprinted with permission by the American Hardwood Information Center at

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