The American Tree Farm System
The mission of the NY Tree Farm Program is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands in New York State while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry. This mission is shared by our national organization, The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) which is a program of the American Forest Foundation. We are 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 22 million acres of privately owned forestland and 73,000 family forest owners who are committed to excellence in forest stewardship, in 43 states. In NY State alone, there are nearly 1500 certified Tree Farms. New York State is about 61 percent forested. Over 11.2 million acres of New York’s forestland are owned by 614,000 family forest owners.
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. These individuals hold the key to the kinds of forests, forest activities and forest resources future generations of Americans will enjoy.