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Arkansas Tree Farm Program
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The Arkansas Tree Farm Program is affiliated with the American Tree Farm System (ATFS).  ATFS is a program of the American Forest Foundation and is committed to sustaining forests, watersheds, and healthy habitats through the power of private stewardship.  The four sides of the Tree Farm sign - Water, Wildlife, Recreation, and Wood - tell the story of sustainable forestry.

 

What is the Membership Fee?

Each Tree Farmer will be assessed an annual fee of $75 for the first tree farm, and $20 for each additional tree farm, with a maximum fee of $5,000.

 

What are the Benefits of Being a Certified Tree Farmer in Arkansas?

MEMBERSHIP: Provides you with membership in a national organization that is a leader in representing private landowners, keeps you abreast of new developments and political trends, gives you a voice in decisions affecting land management, and provides you with an opportunity to shape the future.

NETWORKING: Making connections with other landowners, sharing ideas, learning from each other, connecting with professional foresters, avoiding problems others have had, becoming part of a community that works together for better land management.


RECOGNITION: The green and white diamond shaped Tree Farm sign recognizes Tree Farmers for meeting the standards of the Tree Farm System with a written, approved management plan. We're proud to be Tree Farmers.


CERTIFICATION: Tree Farm Certification that meets international, third party standards of sustainable forest management may provide greater access to markets with more bids on your timber, potentially higher timber prices and preferences when mills are on quota.


EDUCATION: Landowner education programs, tours, and field trips are provided for forest landowners. Tree Farm foresters provide on the ground assistance during initial and re-inspections. Monthly e-newsletters, the Arkansas Tree Farm quarterly newsletter the Family & Forests, and Woodland magazine (quarterly) are provided.


ADVOCACY: Tree Farm advocacy protects your property rights and the right to grow timber in Arkansas.


The National Tree Farm staff works on issues related to Tree Farming, soil and water conservation, and much more. Notable success includes the $5.43 million estate tax exemption and the Farm Bill making Tree Farmers equal to farmers and ranchers for government programs. Tree Farm advocates have also worked diligently on issues related to the Endangered Species Act, Waters of the U.S./ Carbon neutrality of biomass, and many more.

 

Frequent Questions About the Arkansas Tree Farm Program:

Who do I contact with questions?

Please contact Jennifer Johnson, program administrator, with any questions related to the program or certification in Arkansas. 

 

I am currently a member of the Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA) and also a certified tree farmer, do I need to pay the membership fee for the Tree Farm Program as well?

Yes. Although the Tree Farm Program is administered by the Arkansas Forestry Association, each are unique programs with individualized costs associated with them. You may pay both memberships at the same time, but the fees for each program are specific to the administration costs of each program.

 

Tree Farm in the News

 

Bill Chaney was awarded the 2019 National Tree Farm Inspector of the Year Award in February, 2019. You can click here to read a release from the Arkansas Forestry Association about Bill and his award. Photo courtesy of Fusion Photography.

 

Tree Farm Resources

Estate Planning for Family Forests

 

Tree Farm Publications:

"Families and Forests" Spring2019

 

"Families and Forests" Winter 2018


"Families and Forests" Fall 2018


"Families and Forests" Summer2018

  

"Families and Forests" Spring 2018


"Families and Forests" Winter 2017

 

Centennial Family Forest Program

AFA is looking for private forest owners to participate in the Centennial Family Forest Program.
To qualify as a Centennial Family Forest, the land must currently be certified as a Tree Farm and/or Stewardship Forest. Also, it must have been in family ownership for at least 100 years (it does not have to be forested the entire time).

 

Centennial Family Forest Application: Download a PDF of the application.

Century Farm Application: Download a PDF of the application.

 

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