The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) was founded in 1941 and is now the oldest and largest forest conservation, certification, and advocacy program in the United States. Maine joined the ATFS in 1952 and today there are approximately 1,800 Tree Farms in the state, encompassing more than 768,000 acres. Benefits of the program are: recognition to display on your woodlot, certification to potentially improve access to forest products markets, professional forestry advice, educational resources and advocacy.
To qualify for Tree Farm Certification, your woodland must be:
- At least 10 acres in size
- Managed under a qualified written management plan
- Managed for the sustainable production of timber and other forest products, while recognizing the importance of water, wildlife, and recreational opportunities
Click here for the Maine Tree Farm Committee website.