How do you become an Inspector?
All candidates who meet the Inspector Requirements take a 4-hour classroom Inspector Training held by each State's Committee.
Please contact your state for the next classroom Inspector Training.
- Online training: a 1-hour training that serves as a refresher for Inspectors, available through the ATFS Database You must have already taken an in person class in order to use this refresher.
Tree Farm Standards
- 2010-2015 AFF Standards of Sustainability are the current Standards all ATFS certified Tree Farms must follow.
- Management Plan Template is a useful tool for landowners and foresters when creating or updating forest management plans. It is a unified plan created jointly by several forestry groups. Here is a presentation explaining the Template further
- 2010 Management Plan Addendum is a tool foresters and landowners can use to update their management plans from the 2004 Standards to the 2010-2015 Standards. It's also a great place to record their research throughout to keep their management plan current and relevant.
Other Resources for Inspectors
- 004 Forms are the forms Inspecting Foresters fill out when initially certify or re-inspecting Tree Farms. Best Practice: keep a stack of these forms in your vehicle so you can perform an inspection anytime!
- Certification provides information about certification options for landowners, and background information about third-party certification and recognition.
- Guidence for Carbon Sequestration: a document that provides information on the importance of carbon sequestration and the steps foresters can take with their clients to get involved in carbon markets
- Southern Woodland Owners and Conservation Agreements: A comprehensive guide to various conservation agreements
- Sightline: the quarterly newsletter for Inspectors
- Sightline Express: the monthly E-newsletter for Inspectors. Please email email@example.com to receive Sightline Express!