Certification

Forest certification is a voluntary process that identifies and recognizes forest land that meets a standard of sustainability. During the certification process a trained natural resource professional reviews the landowner’s management plan and evaluates land management practices against the standard. Periodic inspections are performed in order to maintain certification.

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is a unique certification program designed specifically for the size, scale and intensity of small-scale and family owned woodlands in the United States. The ATFS Certification system is internationally recognized, and the certified ATFS sign tells your community, and the world, that you are meeting the highest standards of sustainablilty and being good stewards for the future.

WHAT IS CERTIFICATION?

 

THE STANDARDS

The Standards of Sustainability are the road map woodland owners must follow as they work to obtain or maintain certification in the American Tree Farm System. Read further for detailed information about the requirements for certification.

BECOMING A CERTIFIED TREE FARMER

ATFS is the United States’ oldest family forest certification program. In 1941, ATFS began promoting responsible forest management on our nation’s private forests. ATFS certification gives family woodland owners confidence and validation that they are doing right by their land.

INSPECTOR RESOURCES

INSPECTORS

The N.C. Tree Farm Program has volunteer Inspectors in most counties throughout the state. Click here for a county list of Tree Farm Inspectors or here for an alphabetical list of all N.C. Tree Farm Inspectors.