Becoming a Tree Farmer
The basic requirements to become a Tree Farmer are that you have 10 acres of managed forestland and a qualifying forestry management plan. An Inspecting Forester can help you determine if your property qualifies for Tree Farm Certification.
Inspecting Foresters include Service Foresters, Private Consulting Foresters, Soil and Water Conservation District Foresters, and Industry Foresters. While the Tree Farm inspection process is done on a volunteer basis, certain foresters may charge for other services, such as developing a management plan.
The Ohio Tree Farm Committee is also continuing to develop the Tree Farm Mentoring Program. The first on-the-ground contact in response to your request may come from a fellow private woodland owner. [link to TF Mentor page]Tree Farm Mentors[/link] are Tree Farmers who have been involved with the program and have gone through the Mentor training course. They can help new potential Tree Farmers get started on developing a management plan.
If you are interested in becoming a Tree Farmer, contact:
Joe Puperi, Program Administrator
952-B Lima Avenue
Findlay, OH 45840
Your information will be passed along to either a Tree Farm mentor or Inspecting Forester who will contact you for a possible visit.