Tree Farm Program

The Mississippi 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.  

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 first Mississippi Tree Farm was certified in 1944, and Mississippi was one of the first states to join the American Tree Farm System.  Two Mississippi Tree Farmers have even won the National Tree Farmer of the Year Award - Terry and Anne Ozier in 1990 and Chester and Rosett Thigpen in 1995.

In 2018, Michael Hughey, a Mississippi Tree Farm Inspector, won the National Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year award.

The Mississippi Tree Farm Program is administered by the Mississippi Tree Farm Committee.  Garron Hicks currently serves as the chair of this committee, and John Auel serves as the State Tree Farm Administrator. 

For more information on the Mississippi Tree Farm Program, please contact Administrator John Auel at or 662-325-7948.

For more information on the Tree Farm Program in your county, contact one of the regional chairs below: