Tree Farm Program
The American Tree Farm System: Helping Trees Grow
The American Tree Farm System is a nationwide community of nearly 60,000 landowners linked by a desire to promote effective woodland management. This includes continuous tree crop production to supply our nation's wood products needs, while simultaneously maintaining the forests' beauty and wildlife benefits.
Tree farmers play a critical role in our economy. An estimated 58% of all timber harvested in the United States comes from non-industrial private woodlands. These are lands owned by individuals, not the government or timber companies. Tree farms are also valuable to their communities. They can provide wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and even recreational opportunities.
Certified tree farmers typically own a minimum of ten forested acres. To qualify for certification, they must have their land inspected by one of the 10,000 foresters who volunteer with the American Tree Farm System. At a minimum, lands are re-inspected at a every five years to assure proper management..
Committees operate the American Tree Farm System in each participating state. The national system is an American Forest Foundation program, administered by the American Forest Council. It is supported by private donations and contributions from the forest products industry.
A free inspection of your woodlands can be arranged with your local NMSF district office.
To qualify for Tree Farm certification, the woodlands must be:
Pioneer Tree Farm Program
Contact your local district office.
NM Tree Farm Committee Newsletter