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2011

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Texas Forestry Association Announces Outstanding Tree FarmersLufkin, 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. Read More >
New USDA Study: Wood is the Greenest Green Building MaterialWashington, 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.Read More >
Nearly 783,000 Acres of Newly Certified Forestland Give Boost to Alabama’s Paper IndustryWashington, D.C. - The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation (AFF), announced today that 782,489 acres of privately owned Alabama forestlands have been certified by AFTS for their sustainable management practices. Read More >
Idaho Family Landowners, Steve & Janet Funk, Named 2011 National Outstanding Tree FarmersWashington, D.C. – Thirty-seven years ago began the journey of sustainable forest management for Joseph "Steve" and Janet Funk of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Today, the Funks were named the 2011 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) at their National Tree Farmer Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The award, sponsored by STIHL, Inc., annually recognizes outstanding sustainable forest management on privately owned woodlands.Read More >
Joseph "Steve" and Janet Funk Named 2011 Western Region Outstanding Tree Farmers of the YearThe American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has named Joseph “Steve” and Janet Funk as Western Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Their 369 acre Tree Farm has become a valuable tool in demonstrating sustainable management of degraded forests and the pathway to a healthy and thriving forest.Read More >
Walt and Donna Lange Named 2011 North Central Region Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year  The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has named Walt and Donna Lange as North Central Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year which is sponsored by Stihl, Inc. The Langes are true ambassadors of ATFS, having hosted as many as 750 guests at a time on their 56 acre woodland in Ohio.Read More >
Putnam W. Blodgett Named 2011 Northeast Region Outstanding Tree Farmer of the YearThe American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has named Putnam “Put” Blodgett as the 2011 Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Blodgett has been a Tree Farmer for more than 50 years, managing 670 acres of woodlands in Vermont.Read More >
ATFS Announces four Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the YearThe American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has named Putnam “Put” Blodgett ( Lyme, New Hampshire); Russ and Barbara Ford (Columbia, Mississippi); Joseph “Steve” and Janet Funk (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ); and Walt and Donna Lange (Swanton, Ohio¬) as 2011 Regional Tree Farmers of the Year sponsored by Stihl, Inc..Read More >
Russ and Barbara Ford Named 2011 Southern Region Outstanding Tree Farmers of the YearThe American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has named Russ and Barbara Ford as Southern Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year sponsored by Stihl, Inc. The couple’s Ford’s River Farms boasts 1,101 acres of Certified Tree Farm near Columbia, Mississippi.Read More >
New Partnership Gives Boost to Louisiana’s Forest Owners, Timber Products IndustryThis partnership will allow Louisiana forest owners who own 10,000 or more acres to receive ATFS certification for their sustainable forest management practices under a group certificate held and managed by Louisiana Forestry Association.Read More >
480,000 Acres of Newly Certified Forestland Gives Boost to Mississippi’s Paper IndustryATFS is delivering more certified fiber that supports rural communities and jobs in Mississippi.Read More >
AFF Pres. & CEO Martin Comments on Secretary Vilsack's Commitment to Green Buildings and Wood"Today’s announcement sends a strong market signal that being green, means using wood. In fact, wood is the green building material.Read More >
"USDA’s commitment to using wood in new buildings will leverage the considerable buying power of thiTwo significant steps were taken to improve forest conservation on private lands. On Tuesday, a partnership agreement was sealed by Tom Martin, American Forest Foundation (AFF) president and CEO, and Dave White, chief of the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), which will make it easier for America’s family forest owners to access federal financial assistance programs administered by NRCS under the Farm Bill. Financial assistance helps landowners and managers improve forest management on the ground. Read More >
America's Great Outdoors: A Good Start, but More is Needed to Promote Working Forests President Barack Obama delivered remarks today about the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) report, a first step in the administration’s vision for 21st century conservation and recreation. Most forests in the United States are owned by families, not by the federal government or large companies, so conserving America’s great outdoors requires strong partnerships and the right incentives for millions of family forest owners. Read More >
The UN International Year of Forests 2011 Kicks Off The American Forest Foundation, the U. S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters announce the U.S. celebration of the official United Nations International Year of Forests 2011. The theme of the U.S. campaign is "Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life." Read More >