Skip navigation

Resources for Foresters

Documents for Foresters

The following documents include:

  1. Tools to help you engage landowners
  2. Resources on ATFS certification including:
    • The ATFS Standards of Sustainability
    • Certification policies
    • Independently Managed Group information
    • Individual Third Party Certificate information
    • The ATFS Region Certificates
    • The third party certification assessment results
    • Internal monitoring reports
    • The 2010 Management Plan Addendem
    • Chain of Custody handout
    • ATFS Logo Rules
    • Recent interpretations

Brochures

Wonder about Your Woods Brochure
This brochure was developed as a resource to provide to new landowners or landowners who are just starting to learn more about their land.  It has four easy steps that landowners can take to help them have a healthier woods. 

Standards

2010 - 2015 Standards of Certification
The 2010-2015 Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification serve as the basis for the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) certification program. These standards promote the vitality of renewable forest resources while protecting environmental, economic and social benefits and work to increase public understanding of all benefits of sustainable forestry. 
Standards Guidance
The Standards Guidance document includes examples and information on how the 2010 - 2015 ATFS Standards can be implemented on the ground. The guidance statements are intended to inform landowners, ATFS-trained inspectors and the third-party auditors as to the intent of the ATFS Standards.  Guidance statements are not the Standard.

Certification Policies

Dispute and Appeals Procedure
This document describes the responsibilities and actions in relation to the investigation and resolution of complaints and appeals.
Eligibility Requirements for ATFS Certification
ATFS eligibility rquirements were developed to ensure ATFS Certification remains consistent with the mission of outreach to small private landowners and to positively affect the management of their lands.

Independently Managed Group (IMG) Documents

List of active ATFS IMGs
Scope of Certificates (states) and group names

Individual Third-Party Certificate Documents

Regional Third-Party Certification Assessments

Other Documents

2010 Management Plan Addendum [Word]
This management plan addenduum is for Tree Farmers whose management plans already meet the current requirements and are looking to update thier plans to be in conformance with the 2010-2015 Standards.
2010 Management Plan Addendum [PDF]
This management plan addenduum is for Tree Farmers whose management plans already meet the current requirements and are looking to update thier plans to be in conformance with the 2010-2015 Standards.
Chain of Custody handout
This document depicts the chain of custody system to track certified wood fiber from the forest to the store shelf.

Recent Interpretations