Mission and History


The mission of the National Woodland Owners Association is to use unbiased, research-based, objective and factual information to inform, educate and advocate for woodland owners, forest managers, natural resource agencies, media professionals, cooperating organizations, the general public, and policy makers to ensure a sustainable managed forest resource in the United States.


1)    Assist/educate in making informed decisions and polices to accomplish sustainable management and stewardship of the nations private and public forest lands.

2)    Ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy our woodlands as we enjoy them today for their beauty, their conservation values, the wildlife found in them and for the forest products they produce.


The National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA) is a nationwide organization made up of non-industrial private woodland owners with offices in the Washington DC area. Membership includes landowners in all 50 states and Canada and also includes affiliations with 36 state and 287 county woodland owner associations throughout the United States.

Founded by non-industrial private woodland owners in 1983, NWOA is independent of the forest products industry and government forestry agencies. NWOA works with all organizations to promote non-industrial forestry and the best interests of woodland owners. Some of these organizations include: The National Council on Private Forests, Natural Resources Council of America, National Forestry Association, and Society of American Foresters.

NWOA, with its 36 affiliated state organizations working as the Alliance of Landowner Associations, has become the most active, independent landowners group in the country. The alliance starts at the grass-roots level and is comprised of local and state associations of forest and woodland owners. Its purpose is to develop policy, legislation and representation at the national level as one unified voice as well as provide educational and networking opportunities to landowners throughout the country. Currently there are 36 state forest and woodland owner associations that make up the alliance, and that number is growing each year. It is NWOA’s goal to have all 50 states represented by this influential alliance.

The National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA) is a 501(c)(3) organization and is exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. NWOA is a publicly supported non-profit organization established to conduct charitable, educational, research and scientific programs aimed at the responsible use and conservation of renewable resources.

Membership dues are tax deductible as a business expense, depending on how forestry income is reported. Cash donations are fully deductible as a charitable contribution. For tax purposes NWOA sends a written confirmation of all donations for the previous year in January.