Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 03, 2014
The panel began its work with two months of public input on the 2010-2015 Standards, which were last reviewed in 2010. The ISRP gathered feedback through the ATFS website, online webinars, public listening sessions, and written comments submitted by multiple forest stakeholder groups.
“What we found during the first stage of the review process was that, in general, the current standards remain a good match for the size, scale, and characteristics of family forestlands, and require no major changes” said Sarah Crow, Senior Director of Certification for ATFS. “We received more than 500 comments on the 2010-2015 Standards from a diverse range of stakeholders and the most prevalent comment was ‘Don’t make unnecessary changes; these standards are well suited for family woodlands.’ The ISRP listened, but also balanced that with the opportunity to promote forest health and align with market opportunities.”
The American Tree Farm System(R) is a network of 82,000 family forest owners sustainably managing 24 million acres of forestland. ATFS is the largest and oldest sustainable woodland system in the United States, internationally recognized, meeting strict third-party certification standards.