The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association is dedicated to preserving and protecting America's forestlands, while providing the forest products critical to the nation's well-being. MFMA and its members are committed to providing the highest standards of quality available from America's forests.

Are we running out of hardwoods?

  • There are 737 million acres of forests in the U.S., one-third of the nation.
  • Every year the forest industry, together with federal and state forest agencies, plants more than 1.5 billion trees.
  • Forest Statistics of the United States, 2002, shows that the U.S. grows six times more hardwoods than are harvested each year.
  • Hardwoods have increased in every region of the U.S.
  • Wood is the only natural resource on Earth that is at once renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and reusable. The energy required to grow our timber supply is free. It comes from the sun.
  • More than 1,750,000 Americans are employed in the forest products industry. Many millions more employed in the home construction, home furnishing, transportation and heavy equipment industries owe their jobs to this one basic industry that converts harvested timber to finished products.

* This information was provided by the Evergreen Magazine and NHLA's Forest Resource Fact Book.

Wheels Come Off The Bamboo Cart, Study Finds Bamboo Isn't All That "GREEN"

Bamboo, used for more than 5,000 years as building material across the world, has come into vogue the last two decades as a pro-environment floor covering.

Is it, though? A STUDY RELEASED BY RESEARCH FIRM DOVETAIL PARTNERS INC. revisited the theory and concluded that bamboo is not environmentally superior to wood. But, as the authors said, it's hard to “get the green genie back in its bottle.”

The narrative that bamboo was inherently better than wood products was spread by entrepreneuring manufacturers in China looking to export their goods. When bamboo first appeared on the global market in the early 1990s, despite it being easy on the eye, it just wasn't moving. It wasn't a material for floors— Americans recognized bamboo as the material of their grandfather's fishing pole, or the numerous imported backscratchers and chopsticks. So those manufacturers decided to shift that perception, and looked at the environmentalist movement for inspiration, the study said.
The bottom line, the study says, is that those benefits come at a cost when bamboo forests are not managed properly, and ultimately "should never be designated as environmentally preferable materials without at the very least" carefully judging its environmental impact throughout the supply chain.
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