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|About Tree Farm|
The Mississippi Tree Farm Program is affiliated with the American Tree Farm System (ATFS).
The American Tree Farm System (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.
ATFS has established standards and guidelines for property owners to meet to become a certified Tree Farmers. Under these standards and guidelines, private forest owners must have a written management plan based on strict environmental standards and pass an inspection by an ATFS volunteer forester. Every year a sample of certified Tree Farm properties are visited by an independent assessment team to assure properties are meeting ATFS standards and guidelines.
Water. Wildlife. Recreation. Wood. The four sides of the Tree Farm sign tell the story of sustainable forestry ... a thriving forestland that has clean water, a healthy wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Our green and white diamond shaped Tree Farm and Family Forest signs are widely recognized across the country.
The Tree Farm Program in Mississippi
The mission of the Mississippi Tree Farm Program is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands, while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry.
The MS Tree Farm Program is administered by the MS Tree Farm Committee, a standing committee of the MS Forestry Association (MFA). A team of more than 200 trained Tree Farm Inspectors conduct on-site inspections to determine if a forest property qualifies to become a certified Tree Farm. They also conduct annual "required reinspections” of a predetermined sample of Mississippi Certified Tree Farms.
Mississippi Tree Farm Facts
The MS Tree Farm Program is administered by the MS Tree Farm Committee, which is one of MFA’s standing committees. Any MFA member is welcome to join the Tree Farm Committee.
John B. Auel, State Tree Farm AdministratorBetsy Padgett, Chair
Garron Hicks, Vice Chair
Glenn Hughes, Immediate Past Chair
Justin Dewberry, Treasurer
Contact: John Auel, Mississippi Tree Farm State Administrator