U.S. Hardwood Grading
The efficient use of wood is a key factor in the sustainability of
the U.S. hardwood resource. To this end, U.S. hardwood lumber is graded
to the rules of the National
Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA). The NHLA grading rules maximize
both the yield and the value of sawn wood, which minimizes waste and
reduces pressure on the environment.
In addition, the NHLA
grading rules provide both the buyer and seller with a consistent
language for conducting hardwood lumber transactions. Buyers worldwide
rely on the NHLA grading rules to specify degrees of quality. For
more information on NHLA grading rules, browse through AHEC's Illustrated
Guide to American Hardwood Lumber Grades.