About Tree Farm
The American Tree Farm System is NOT about Christmas trees, although some of our members grow Christmas trees… The Tree Farm System is NOT about monoculture tree plantations or genetically engineered nonnative tree programs! We are about the sustainment and promotion of our native, working forest!
Today’s Tree Farm program is sponsored by the American Forest Foundation (AFF), AFF is a landowner-managed nonprofit organization dedicated to the working forest concept and the stewardship of sustainably managed forests. AFF is advised by leading foresters and other environmental specialists and funded through grass roots, private, and corporate donations. On a state level, each Tree Farm program is locally sponsored and managed by a state Tree Farm Committee.
During the last decade, the Tree Farm (TF) Program has changed and matured dramatically to reflect the lessons learned in forestry in the US and to showcase the high standards expected by the public in forest management.
New York has 1,145 Certified Tree Farms managing a total of about 319,229 acres. Among this number there are nearly twenty who have been Tree Farmers for more than fifty years and many more are twenty-five-year land stewards in Tree Farm.