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ATFS Announces four Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year

Washington, D.C. – The 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. This annual award recognizes [...]

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On the ground success: Farm Bill programs working in Minnesota

Nancy Livingston, a Wisconsin Tree Farmer, had settled into her  hard-earned retirement when a wildfire tore through her forest.  Leaving  the land barren, the fire destroyed years of work.  To restore her  forest, she came out of retirement, but even then, Nancy didn’t have the  resources she needed.  So she turned to the Wisconsin Department [...]

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Please fill out the Tree Farm stakeholder’s survey!

We want to hear from you about how well the Tree Farm program works for you. What do you like about being a member? What can be improved? How can the Tree Farm program become a valued partner in your forest stewardship efforts? Please tell us what you think by taking our online survey before [...]

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ATFS Forest Certification Program Strengthens Its Standards

November 10, 2009—The American Forest Foundation (AFF), the nation’s oldest and largest network of woodland owners, announced today that its Board of Trustees has adopted new, revised standards for the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), its woodland certification program. Bob Simpson, AFF Senior Vice President for Forestry Programs, said “The changes do two important things: [...]

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Oregonian Elected to Lead American Forest Foundation

Priority Programs will Stem the Loss of America’s Woodlands November 9, 2009—The American Forest Foundation (AFF) today announced the election of Clint Bentz, CPA and family forest landowner from Scio, Oregon, as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees; Connie Best, co-founder and Managing Director of Pacific Forest Trust in California, as Vice-Chair; and [...]

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Forest Groups Applaud Stabenow for Leadership on Forestry Elements of Climate Change Bill

November 4, 2009—A diverse group of forestry, wildlife, conservation, and woodland owner groups today applauded Sen. Stabenow, D-MI, and Senators Baucus (D-MT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Brown (D-OH), Begich (D-AK), Harkin (D-IA), and Shaheen (D-NH) for introducing legislation that ensures America’s woodlands can contribute to climate solutions, and helps woodland owners keep their working lands intact. Read [...]

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AFF and private forests on CNN Headline News

October 22, 2009—This video segment from the show “Inside Business” discusses the value of forests and explains how the emerging carbon markets can benefit family woodland owners and help conserve America’s private forests. It features AFF President Tom Martin, Senior Vice President of Forestry Bob Simpson, and the Hanschus, Outstanding Tree Farmers in Oregon. It [...]

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Chuck Leavell Celebrates Conservation Awards to Congressional Champions

October 15, 2009—It’s not often that a Member of Congress gets to play music with one of the Rolling Stones. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and a longtime musician in various Congressional ensembles, gets a break from his legislative duties for some musical fun Thursday, October 15th at a special [...]

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AL and CT landowners recognized with national award

October 14, 2009—Most woodland owners worry about what will happen to their land when they’re gone. But this year’s winners of the American Forest Foundation’s national Conservation Forestry award, Dr. William Jahoda of Lebanon, Connecticut and Campbell B. Lanier III of Hurtsboro, Alabama have a plan. READ MORE

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Earl and Wanda Barrs named 2009 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year

October 2, 2009—The Barrs received the award during the 16th Annual National Tree Farmer Convention in Washington, D.C. on September 30. This annual award recognizes outstanding sustainable forest management on family owned woodlands. The Barrs own Gully Branch Tree Farm in Bleckley County, Georgia. READ MORE

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