Kingwood honored for tree farm work
Each year, the Arkansas Tree Farm Committee inspects a required number of properties to evaluate their management plans according to the Tree Farm Standards of Certification. In 2013, volunteer inspectors visited 215 Tree Farms and signed up 59 new woodlands into the program, administered in Arkansas by the Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA). There are 1,835 certified Tree Farmers in Arkansas, representing 957,324 acres of certified woodlands.
On December 13, this group recognized volunteer inspectors and partnering organizations for their work. Kingwood Forestry Service, with offices in Arkadelphia, Monticello and Texarkana, received the Consultant award for their contributions to the program.
“The Tree Farm program is an outstanding forest certification option for private woodland owners,” said AFA Administrative Director Jennifer Johnson, who coordinates the program. “It continues to be successful because of the volunteer inspectors who work with landowners to ensure their forestlands meet the program’s stringent sustainability standards.”
The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is a national network of 82,000 family forest owners sustainably managing 24 million acres of forestland. For more than 70 years, ATFS has enhanced the quality of America’s woodlands by giving forest owners the tools they need to keep their forests healthy and productive. Stemming the loss of America’s woodlands is vital to the country’s clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational activities, and producing necessary jobs, wood and paper products.