American Tree Farm System

The American Tree Farm System is a forest certification program for private woodland owners. To participate, landowners must commit to upholding the Standards of Sustainability  and demonstrate their commitment to long-term sustainable forest management by having and implementing a written forest management plan.

ATFS Standard 1, Performance Measure 1.1:
Landowner shall have and implement a written forest-management plan consistent with the size of the forest and the scale and intensity of the forest activities.

A qualifying forest management plan includes the following information:

Additional topics that may be addressed in a management plan but are not required include:

  • Fire
  • Desired species
  • Aesthetics
  • Recreation
  • Wetlands
  • Biomass and carbon

Use the American Tree Farm System’s forest management plan addendum to ensure that your management plan meets the 2015-2020 Standards of Sustainability.