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.