Family Forest Certification in the U.S.: Updates

Lead Author: Kathryn Fernholz

Publish date: 11.25.2008


Program and Activity Updates


Since 2004, Dovetail Partners has reported on family forest certification, related programs, and current activities. In 2008, several important changes have been made to leading family forest certification programs in the United States. These changes may have significant impact on opportunities for engaging woodland owners in forest certification and related land management and marketing activities.


This report summarizes recent developments within the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and identifies the next steps that are needed to continue to grow family forest owner participation.