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Sustainability & Legality

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The Appalachian Hardwood Forest is growing 2.45 trees for every tree that is harvested!

The hardwood resource in the Appalachian Region of the U.S. is banking more trees for the future, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The greater inventory is the result of modern forest management and wise utilization.

A 2012 analysis of USDA data finds the growth to removals ratio in the Appalachian forest at 2.45 to 1, an increase of five percent in the past five years.


verfied sustainable logoAppalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) introduced the Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable program in 2007 to certify its members as producing, distributing and manufacturing goods from the region. Lumber certification is a complex issue that has multiple stakeholders from the individual landowner through the retailer of finished goods. AHMI has researched and developed programs to assist its members in making decisions that benefit both the environment and individual operations. The research is based on the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory Analysis which is compiled in each state by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. AHMI requested specific data from the 344 counties of the Appalachian Region from northern Georgia through western New York. AHMI also found:

  • Forested land in the 344-county region has increased 300,000 acres to 65.7 million acres
  • More than 33 billion live trees are in the region, an increase from 32.7 billion
  • The top species are Soft Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, Hard Maple and Yellow Poplar

According to the U.S. Forest Service bulletin SRS-142, considerable attention has been given to the Appalachian Region in the Eastern United States because of its scenic beauty, rich biodiversity, and abundance of natural resources. Of particular importance are the hardwood forests that dominate the Appalachian landscape.

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verified legal logoAHMI also launched the Appalachian Hardwood Verified Legal program in 2013 to help explain the legality of hardwood products from the region.

This initiative requires participating companies to follow a set of guidelines and uses a third party to verify that participants:

  1. Operate a legal business entity;
  2. Follow accepted industry practices and all local, state and federal laws applicable to forest management and timber harvesting including all applicable environmental regulations.
  3. Pay all compensation, taxes and fees due to timber owners or the owner’s designated representative and government entities as required by local, state and federal laws.