American Tree Farm System (ATFS) Certification

Responsible forest management for private landowners and family-owned forests

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Certification under the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) helps family forests and private landowners in the United States to credibly demonstrate upholding the highest environmental standards. ATFS is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which enables supply chains and companies sourcing products from ATFS certified woodlands to receive recognition in international markets. ATFS certified woodlands are a principal source of fiber for chain of custody programs under PEFC internationally and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) in the US and Canada.

With millions of acres of ATFS certified forests in the United States, ATFS is the largest and oldest family forest certification program. To achieve certification, landowners must undergo an independent assessment by a third-party certification body to ensure they have met the Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification under the ATFS. The system recognizes landowners that demonstrate sustainable management of the forest, including the wood, watersheds, healthy wildlife habitats, and recreation those working lands provide.

Why Choose SCS?

With SCS Global Services’ expertise in third-party forest management certifications since 1994, our thorough audits will reduce risk and instill confidence in the sustainable management of your forest. You will receive a customer-focused experience at SCS with an accessible account manager, prompt and helpful responses, and a dedicated team of experts to guide you through the certification process.

We are headquartered in the US and have a record of accomplishment of quality work with long-term knowledge and continuity, auditing for responsible forestry and chain-of-custody certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), SFI, and PEFC.

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  • Achieve international recognition for commitment to sustainable stewardship of your land
  • Meet demand for certified sustainably sourced wood products in the supply chain
  • Be part of the growing list of 19 million+ acres of ATFS certified family woodlands
  • Learn best practices for responsible forestry by utilizing the tools and resources in the ATFS community
  • Protect the future of your family legacy by keeping your forests healthy and productive for years to come

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