New York
Tree Farm Program




2019 Tree Farm Committee


2019 Tree Farm Advisory Board


August 2018 New York Tree Farmer Newsletter

Woodlands Resources


Presentations from 2018 Field Days:

Black Walnut Plantations

Young Forest Habitats

Lyme disease and Ticks

Invasive Species on Tree Farms

What is a Consulting forester?





2019 NYS Tree Farm Field Day
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday June 8, 2019
4-H Camp Shankitunk and Lennox Memorial Forest, Delhi, NY

The morning program will highlight the new Harvests for Habitat program and opportunities for family forest owners to get involved. Harvests for Habitat is a partnership that began in 2018 in the Upper Delaware Watershed between Audubon NY, the Watershed Ag Council, and NY Tree Farm Program with funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and American Forest Foundation; and enables habitat improvements through active forest management and financial incentives. Also on the agenda is an update on the potential threat to NYS’s forests from the invasive Spotted Lanternfly. After lunch, the program moves outdoors for an educational forest management tour through some of the 18 blocks of the Lennox Model Forest’s silvicultural treatments. Included will be several units that demonstrate how the application of certain sustainable forestry practices can improve forest habitat conditions for at-risk bird species such as Wood Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, and many others.

Download agenda here >>>
or call the NY Tree Farm office, 518-854-7386.
Registration form>>>>

Please postmark by June 1, 2019 to insure space will be available

Camping and rustic cabins are available on-site, for an additional fee, for the nights of June 7 and 8. NYS-DEC Pesticide Applicator recertification and SAF credits are pending approval.

The mission of the NY Tree Farm Program is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands in New York State while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry. This mission is shared by our national organization, The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) which is a program of the American Forest Foundation. We are committed to sustaining forests, watershed and healthy habitats through the power of private stewardship.


Since 1941, ATFS has educated and recognized the commitment of private forest owners in the United States. Currently, ATFS has 22 million acres of privately owned forestland and 73,000 family forest owners who are committed to excellence in forest stewardship, in 43 states. In NY State alone, there are nearly 1500 certified Tree Farms. New York State is about 61 percent forested. Over 11.2 million acres of New York's forestland are owned by 614,000 family forest owners. 

Tree Farmers share a unique commitment to protect wildlife habitat and watersheds, to conserve soil and to provide recreation for their communities while producing wood for America. These individuals hold the key to the kinds of forests, forest activities and forest resources future generations of Americans will enjoy.

Getting Started with Tree Farm
1. Contact the Area Chair for the region where your woods are located. List of Area Chairs and the counties they cover >>>

2. Meet with an Inspecting Forester and walk through your property. Your Area Chair will help to connect you with an Inspecting Forester.

3. You must have a management plan in order to be a certified Tree Farm (if you don't, your Inspecting Forester can help you create one; or make your own using Tree Farm's My Land Plan).

4. If your property and plan meet Tree Farm performance standards, the Inspector completes the paperwork and your Area Chair and the NY State Chair sign off on it. The information will be entered into the National Tree Farm database. The National Tree Farm office will send you an official Tree Farm certificate and you are eligible for a sign, shown on left.

Water. Wildlife. Recreation. Wood.

The four sides of the Tree Farm sign tell the story of sustainable forestry ... a thriving forestland that has clean water, a healthy wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Our green and white diamond shaped Tree Farm signs are widely recognized across the country.  X

Contact us!
Mary Jeanne Packer / GWC, Inc.
NY Tree Farm Office
PO Box 705
Salem, NY 12865
(518) 854-7386
(802) 236-0881 (c)



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Last updated April 2019