Who are we?

About Us

Who Are We?

Founded in 1970, the Walnut Council is an international association representing nearly 800 woodland owners, foresters, forest scientists, and wood-producing industry representatives in 45 states and three foreign countries. The purpose is to assist in the technical transfer of forest research to field applications, help build and maintain better markets for wood products and nut crops, and to promote sustainable forest management, conservation, reforestation, and utilization of American black walnut (Juglans nigra) and other high quality fine hardwoods. Walnut Council has 12 state chapters and publishes quarterly bulletins.


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Council Objectives

  • To advance cultural practices and help transfer science and technology from the laboratory to actual field practice.
  • To encourage good forest management and sustainability of existing timber.
  • To encourage new plantings of walnut and other forest species.
  • To sponsor state chapters and other events of interest to tree growers.
  • To assist foresters in keeping current with the latest research and industry information.

The Walnut Council is a 501(c)(3), not for profit corporation that promotes sustainable forest management and utilization of American black walnut and other high quality fine hardwoods.

Our Partners

The Walnut Council over 50 years has established important partnerships with many agencies and groups who are interested in the science of growing fine hardwood trees. The support and guidance of these organizations has been critical to the success of our organization and its members.

US Forest Service Northern Research Station

In a region extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland, Northern Research Station science aims to understand all of the elements of forests and related landscapes. Learn more

Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration Center

The HTIRC is a collaborative national research, development and technology transfer center for hardwood stewardship located at Purdue University in collaboration with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and Purdue University Department of Forestry & Natural Resources. The mission of the HTIRC is to advance the science and application of tree improvement, management, and protection of hardwood forests, with emphasis in the Central Hardwood Forest Region (CHFR). Learn more

State Forestry Agencies

The State Divisions/Departments of Forestry across the black walnut native range provide valuable resources and guidance to landowners about growing fine hardwood trees.

Other Partners

There are many other organizations that provide technical assistance and other support to the Walnut Council and its members. See a full list here.