Becoming a Certified Tree Farmer

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is a unique certification program designed specifically for landowners who actively manage woodlands between 10 and 10,000 acres in size 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.

 

GETTING A MANAGEMENT PLAN

To become a Certified Tree Farmer, 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. Read further to learn what a qualifying forest management plan must include.

THE INSPECTION PROCESS

 

MAINTAINING YOUR CERTIFICATION

The N.C. Tree Farm Program requires certified Tree Farms to be re-inspected and recertified every five years. Once fees are paid and the re-inspection process is completed, the Tree Farm certification will be valid for five years.