Sustaining forests, watersheds and healthy habitats

through the power of private stewardship.

The term “tree farming” was first used in the 1940s to introduce the public to sustainable forestry terminology they could easily understand.By linking the term “farming” with trees, foresters could communicate the concept of sustainable production of forest products over time. Tree farming implies commitment to the land and was the philosophical opposite of the “cut-out and get-out” philosophy of the early 20th century.

More than 500,000 private forest landowners in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Tree Farm program targets the more than 500,000 private forest landowners in the State. The program encourages them to do an effective job of growing trees as a crop just like corn or oats. Tree Farms are varied in nature and contain many different habitats for wildlife and stages of forest growth, from seedlings to mature timber. Tree Farms are working examples of applied forestry. They are privately-owned managed forests producing continuous crops of trees while providing wildlife habitat, clean water, and outdoor recreation.

The American Tree Farm System is a nationwide community of individuals and families joined by their desire to practice good forest stewardship.