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American Tree Farm System® Announces New Independent Standards Review PanelThe American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation (AFF), today announced the 14 members of a new Independent Standards Review Panel (ISRP), a body of forest stakeholders that is charged with reviewing AFF's current Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification (Standards) and recommending revisions to the AFF Board of Trustees based on public review.Read More >
Boy Scouts and MWV Join Forces to Add 13,600 ATFS-Certified Acres in Virginia

The Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America has joined forces with Richmond-based packaging company MWV and the American Tree Farm System® to create the newest Independently Managed Group in ATFS, adding 13,600 acres of certified forestland to the Tree Farm system in Virginia. 

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LEED Misses Mark on Forest Conservation and Promoting Green Building

Read CEO Tom Martin's letter to the editors of USA Today in response to an article about green building ("In U.S. building industry, is it too easy to be green?").

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Amy Yambor to Pass ATFS Operations Manager Torch to Sara Anrrich

On October 19, Amy Yambor will begin working for the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City. After nearly seven years of dedicated service to the American Tree Farm System, Amy leaves us in good hands as she passes the torch to Sara Anrrich who has been promoted effective October 22.

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Texas Forestry Association Announces Outstanding Tree Farmers

Lufkin, Texas -The Texas Forestry Association recently named Dr. Jerry and Mary Marcontell the 2012 Texas Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year for the excellent management of their Tree Farm in Liberty County. Tom Martin, CEO of the American Tree Farm System made the announcement at Texas Forestry Association's Annual Convention on October 20th in Galveston.

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New USDA Study: Wood is the Greenest Green Building Material

Washington, D.C. – The American Forest Foundation (AFF), the parent organization of the American Tree Farm System, today welcomed a new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing that wood is truly the green building material, with environmental benefits that dwarf other common building materials.

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2010 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year

The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) named Dr. Salem, Dianne, and Patrick Saloom as the 2010 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year presented by STIHL. This annual award recognizes outstanding sustainable forest management on family-owned woodlands. The Saloom Properties, LLC, is a family-owned Tree Farm in Brewton, Alabama.

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2010 Regional Outstanding Tree Famers of the YearRead More >

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