American Tree Farm System
The American Tree Farm System is a great way for private landowners to join a program that allows them to certify their property and demonstrate their commitment to responsible land management. ATFS is the world’s oldest sustainable forestry and certification program, which currently has a membership of over 90,000 Tree Farmers on more than 24 million acres. ATFS members start off by deciding what resources they have on their lands and then develop a written management plan to manage those resources. These comprehensive management plans must address all four components shown on the Tree Farm sign; Wood, Water, Wildlife, and Recreation.
Becoming an ATFS member can provide many benefits to you and your property. It enters you into a network of professionals and landowners who share your commitment to sustainable forestry. It also gives you free professional advice from a forester during an initial inspection and during re-certification inspections every five years. You’ll also receive invitations to seminars, field days, and workshops that can help you achieve the goals you have set for your Tree Farm.