Pennsylvania’s Tree Farm Program is sponsored by your Pennsylvania Forestry Association. Tree Farm’s mission is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of the benefits productive forests provide.
Nationally, the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), is a program of the American Forest Foundation, committed to sustaining forests, watershed and healthy habitats through the power of private stewardship.
Since 1941, ATFS has educated and recognized the commitment of private forest owners in the United States. Currently, ATFS has 33 million acres of privately owned forestland and 51,000 family forest owners who are committed to excellence in forest stewardship in 46 states. In Pennsylvania there are currently 980 Tree Farmers with more than 260,000 acres certified in the program.
Tree Farmers share a unique commitment to protect wildlife habitat and watersheds, to conserve soil and to provide recreation for their communities while producing wood for America and the world. These individuals hold the key to the kinds of forests, forest activities and forest resources future generations of Americans will enjoy.
Each Tree Farm meets established standards and guidelines to become a certified Tree Farm. Under these standards and guidelines private forest landowners must have a management plan developed for their wood lot and must verify that they are implementing that plan when visited by an ATFS certified volunteer tree farm inspector on a five year cycle.
Water. Wildlife. Recreation. Wood. The four sides of the green and white Tree Farm sign tell the story of sustainable forestry … a thriving forestland that has clean water, a healthy wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.