by Ron Sheay
The American Tree Farm System was established in 1941, primarily to help ensure a steady supply of wood needed for the country’s anticipated war effort. The first Tree Farm nationally was dedicated in 1941 in Montesano, Washington to demonstrate ‘sustainable forest management’ to local landowners. Thus the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) had its beginning.
Over time, ATFS has continually improved to respond to societal, economic, and scientific changes and also to inform the continuing dialogue on sustainable forest management and private land ownership. ATFS recognizes and validates family forest owners for their work and commitment to sustainable stewardship of their land. The ATFS Certification system is internationally recognized, and the certified ATFS sign tells the community, and the world, that the subject property stands among the best woodland stewards in America.