About Us

True North Woods is a regional, non-profit association that fosters the awareness of the value of sustainably managed working forests, stimulates appreciation and use of the cold-forged native species of the True North Woods, and promotes artisans and manufacturers that utilize environmentally friendly materials and productions methods.

Wood product artisans and manufacturers organized our group in 2003-2005 as the Minnesota Wood Education Project (DBA True North Woods), receiving approved as a FSC group certification program in 2009.

Our Members supply environmentally friendly wood products to customer from Maine to California.

Our Members are located in the Upper Midwest.

Become A Member and Become FSC Certified

Membership is open to  primary and secondary producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, brokers and agents, and retailers of forest-based products that support the values of the Association and are located in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

Full FSC Certification is open to Members that meet the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council and have annual forest product sales of less than $5 million per facility.

Member Benefits

  1. Webpage listing
  2. Full profile of company, products, and services.
  3. Online advertising of your product categories.
  4. Sales leads matched to your products.
  5. Use of the True North Woods logo.
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FSC Certification Benefits

  1. Full FSC-COC certification
  2. Low-cost, all inclusive annual fee
  3. Quick start up training and tools
  4. Ongoing technical assistance and support
  5. Use of the FSC logo
  6. Access to LEED projects
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Wood Species, Native and Exotic

You will have access to the high character, cold-forged native species of the True North Woods as well as exotic species from around the world – from Anigre to Zebrawood – that come from responsibly managed forests.

Some of the available native species of our northern Boreal and hardwood forests include Ash, Aspen, Basswood, Birch, Cedar, Cherry, Diamond Willow, Elm, Hickory, Locust, Maple, Oak, Pine, Spruce, Tamarack, and Walnut.

Other species you may select include Alder, Beech, Chestnut, Cyprus, Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Mahogany, Sapele, Teak, and many others.

If you are looking for the unique, antique character of reclaimed wood, you may choose from species such as Barn wood, Chestnut, Elm, Douglas Fir, Oak, Pine, and Walnut.

Interested in becoming a True North Woods Member or FSC Certified?