Oklahoma Tree Farm System
Dear Tree Farmer,
Since June 1957, Oklahoma has been a part of the American Forest
Foundations’ (AFF) American Tree Farm System in which the Oklahoma Forestry
Association (OFA) is the administrative organization responsible for
the program. Administration
and management has been a volunteer effort by individuals in the Oklahoma
Forestry Community. In 2015,
AFF updated their standard to include the third party audit and certification
of Tree Farms with additional cost for the landowner.
These new standards increased the workload to administer the
program coupled with a lack of committed volunteers has forced the OFA
Board of Directors to cease the administration of the Tree Farm Program
in Oklahoma. In the event
an individual(s) step forward to lead and manage a Tree Farm Program
under the certification guidelines of AFF, the OFA Board of Directors
will strongly consider reestablishing the program.
Your working forest is not left without resources to assist with
your management objectives. Oklahoma
Forestry Services has the Oklahoma Forest Stewardship program (www.forestry.ok.gov).
A primary focus of the program is the development of comprehensive,
multi-resource management plans that provide landowners with the information
they need to manage their forests for a variety of products and services.
Additionally, consulting foresters are available and can be found
The OFA Board of Directors regretted
the decision that had to be made to exit the Tree Farm Program in Oklahoma,
however, we encourage you to continue to seek the resources you need
to continue the stewardship of your tree farm.
Corey Bouffleur – 2016 OFA President