Western Species & Grades

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Western Species & Grades

The hardwoods of the Western region have made their way into the mainstream in a serious way. Once an afterthought, Western species are now in high demand. We operate 4 sawmills throughout Oregon and Washington. Our Western manufacturing facilities produce the finest Alder and Pacific Coast Maple in the country.


Decades ago, NWH pioneered the use of Alder as a viable species for commercial use. Today, Alder’s popularity continues to grow.

Pacific Coast Maple

Go modern. Go rustic. Go ornate. No matter the design direction you choose, Pacific Coast Maple can bring it to life.

Photos courtesy of The Wood Database.

Western Growing Region

Generally known for softwoods, this region also produces a number of hardwood trees. Alder, Ash, Birch and Maple can be found growing throughout this region.

Growing Region


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.

FSC Chain-of-Custody Standard

NWH 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


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. 

NWH PEFC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certified Alder, PC Maple and PC Birch 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.


IWPA Supporting Member
The IWPA and Northwest Hardwoods are committed to supporting the legal and sustainable harvesting of wood products from around the world. The IWPA supports the sustainable management of global forests for both current and future generations and the benefits to local communities that depend on the forest resource while generating economic growth and quality jobs for those who manufacture, sell, and use these remarkable products. DOWNLOAD CERTIFICATE