The AFF Standards are the basis for its forest certification program, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS. The revised Standards were developed by the Independent Standards Review Panel.
All stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to comment on the revised Standards. For more information on the American Forest Foundation's standards setting procedures, please visit www.forestfoundation.org.
During the review process, it is extremely important that the Panel hear from all stakeholders - family forest landowners, Tree Farmers, volunteers, natural resource and forestry professionals, conservation organizations, PLT coordinators, educators and volunteers, and other partners.
The 60-day public comment period begins Friday, May 1, 2009 through Monday, June 29, 2009 at 5:00pm (EDT).
To submit comments on the revised AFF Standards, please visit www.forestfoundation.org or emailCertification@forestfoundation.org for more information.
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) conservation and education organization that strives to ensure the sustainability of America's family forests for present and future generations. Our vision is to create a future where North American forests are sustained by the public which understands and values the social, economic, and environmental benefits they provide to our communities, our nation, and our world.
Founded in 1941, ATFS is the oldest and largest forest conservation, certification, and advocacy program in the United States. ATFS promotes the sustainable management of forests through education and outreach to private forest landowners. ATFS has enrolled 24 million certified acres of privately owned forestland and 910,000 family forest owners who are committed to excellence in forest stewardship. Landowners manage their forestlands for wood, water, wildlife, and recreation with assistance from 4,680 volunteer foresters.