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As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.

The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accreditation – assessing the competence of organizations determining conformance to standards.

Recognized by EPA as the industry’s voice, the American Wood Council’s (AWC) Environmental Regulation Program engages federal and state government agencies to provide credible data and policy recommendations that ensure the wood products industry’s interests are understood and respected and if necessary, advocated in litigation. The industry’s unified engagement in the Environmental Regulation Program has been the key to its success over the past decade. In addition, AWC’s strong relationships on the Hill provide leverage and oversight of EPA to ensure more balanced policies.

American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) is a non-profit organization responsible for promulgating voluntary wood preservation standards. AWPA Standards are developed by its technical committees in an ANSI accredited consensus-based process that involves individuals from all facets of the wood preservation industry and AWPA’s Standards are universally specified for wood preservation in the United States and are recognized worldwide.Accordion Content

ASTM International—Standards Worldwide (ASTM) – Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use.

The Mission of the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is to expand market access and increase demand for Canadian wood products through excellence in codes, standards, regulations, and education.

The Council produces technical information about wood products and communicates it to the construction and academic communities to ensure knowledge is transferred and target audiences are educated about wood as a superior building product.

The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC©) mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.

Intermountain Roundwood Association (IRA) represents firms engaged in the harvesting, production, and marketing of roundwood and associated products, materials, and supplies. Through education and training, IRA helps members and consumers stay current on industry trends and new advancements in wood products technology.

The International Research Group provides a forum for scientists to present and publish their works related to wood preservation. Annual meetings are held to allow wood preservation scientists to discuss the latest information and research findings.

North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) members are dedicated to growing and nurturing every aspect of the lumber industry, from the careful stewardship of forest resources to the harvesting and distribution of lumber products, to championing wood’s role in a greener economy and a healthier planet.

Since our founding in 1893, NAWLA has been at the very heart of the industry– longer than any other lumber organization in America. We represent the best interests of wholesalers, manufacturers, and service provider companies, from the planting of seedlings to the selling of building materials and wood in all of its many forms.

Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NLMA) is the rules-writing agency for Eastern White Pine lumber and the grading authority for Eastern Spruce, Balsam Fir, Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPFs) grouping, and other commercially important eastern softwood lumber species. In addition, NELMA is a leading agency for export wood packaging certification and the marketing voice for the wood products industry in the Northeast.

The Southern Pine Awareness Network (SPAN), the funding organization for Wood. It’s Real., was founded in January of 2005 with the goal of raising the awareness of Southern Yellow Pine as a leading building material. Led by funding from members of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA), SPAN is designed to be an information clearinghouse for homeowners.

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction. Programs and initiatives supported by the SLB focus on increasing the demand for softwood lumber products in the U.S.

Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA) – In 1962, 46 lumber manufacturers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina gathered to discuss lack of organized representation of southeastern lumber manufacturers. This group agreed to form a new regional association to be named the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.

Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) – SFPA’s mission is to advance the Southern Pine lumber industry, promote the use of member products in domestic and international markets, and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas.

Southern Pressure Treaters’ Association (SPTA) Pressure treated wood poles and wood crossarms form the backbone of the electrical and telecommunications system that delivers electricity, phone, cable and internet to our homes and workplaces allowing us to experience a standard of living unparalleled in the world.

The Southern Forest Products Association is one of the foremost trade organizations in the forest products industry and represents Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Treated Wood Council serves companies that harvest and saw wood, manufacture wood preservatives, produce pressure-treated wood products, or serve the treated wood industry. The Council monitors and responds to legislation and regulatory activities related to the treated wood industry.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. EPA works to ensure that:

  1. Americans have clean air, land, and water.
  2. National efforts to reduce environmental risks are based on the best available scientific information.
  3. Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are administered and enforced fairly, effectively and as Congress intended.
  4. Environmental stewardship is integral to U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy.
  5. All parts of society–communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments–have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks.
  6. Contaminated lands and toxic sites are cleaned up by potentially responsible parties and revitalized.
  7. Chemicals in the marketplace are reviewed for safety.

Western Wood Products Association – Supported by Western lumber manufacturers, WWPA delivers lumber grading, quality control, technical, business information and product support services to sawmills as well as those who use Western softwood lumber products throughout the world.

The Western Wood Preservers Institute is a nonprofit member trade organization that represents the preserved wood products industry throughout western North America. The primary activities of the WWPI include regulatory and market outreach programs aimed at sustaining a viable western North America preserved wood industry.

Wood Preservation Canada (WPC) is the industry association that represents the treated wood industry in Canada. WPC operates under Federal Charter and serves as a forum for those concerned with all phases of the pressure treated wood industry, including research, production, handling and use and the environment. WPC members are committed to producing safe, quality products in an environmentally sound and progressive manner.

Wood Preservative Science Council (WPSC) – Welcome to the site of the Wood Preservative Science Council. On this site you will find sound, scientific information on the wood preservative chromated copper arsenate (CCA) and the suitability of CCA-treated lumber, plywood, poles, piling, and timbers for a range of common applications. The data support that CCA-treated wood is safe when used as recommended.

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Wood Utility Pole Data

180M wood poles in service in North America
1.7M trees are planted each day (USDA Forest Service)
Over 100 years of proven performance
70 years or more service life