What's wrong with maple? (kidding). I live in a tropical country, and laws protecting rare woods are getting harder day by day here. There is a reason, and it's a good thing that customs all over the world are making an effort. These trees are living habitats for monkeys, sloths, insects, birds, small mammals which are food for larger predators. They provide soil humidity, dead leaves to rot there and make food for mushrooms, which are food for other animals etc. For short, a lot of problems arise when forests are cut down, these ecosystems rely on a variety of species of trees living close to each other, including rare hardwoods, fruit trees, etc. But... There are "tree farms" which produce a variety of woods for industry, we just have to choose builders that use hardwoods that come from sustainable sources.