Certification Documents

Copies and summaries of the Forest Management internal control documents including the Center's Operations Manual and other documents used to maintain certification are available to the public to facilitate forest management certification. It is highly recommended that woodland owners consult with their Cooperating Forester on the completion of any Center form since they are trained by the Center in its correct usage. Documents are always under review and any comments or suggestions about any forms or documents please contact the Center.

Center for Forest and Wood Certification Operations Manual

Forest Management Section Policies and Procedures Manual

Certification Documents

Document       Description DOC PDF

Forest Management Application

Must be submitted along with appropriate fees to begin the process of certification DOC PDF 

Scoping Checklist Revised

Used by Forest Section Administrator to review main hurdles of certification to perspective Group Members DOC PDF

FM Agreement Form

Binding agreement for potential Group Members to work with the Center, lays out fees and responsibilities of the Center and Group Member to maintain certification DOC  PDF 

Family Forest Standards Monitoring Checklist

Assessment form used by Center personnel to document how family forest woodland owners are meeting the specific standards DOC  PDF 

Standards Monitoring Checklist CFWC-FM-04LP

Assessment form used by Center personnel to document how industrial, large, and public woodland owners are meeting the specific standards DOC PDF

Observations Form

Any improvement, critical, or general observations for the Standards Monitoring Checklists as well as actions to correct them are summarized DOC PDF

Annual Reporting Form

Group Members are required to submit this form along with their annual payment to remain in the group DOC  PDF 

Timber Pre-Harvest Checklist Form

Harvests are expected to adhere to standards. This form provides a checklist which should be completed prior to the harvest to ensure that all certification requirements will be met.  DOC  PDF 

Timber Volume Report Form

All harvest volumes must be reported. This form can be used for this purpose and submitted to the FM Group Administrator. DOC PDF

Harvest Site Visitation and Evaluation Revised Form

Cooperating Foresters may use this form to monitor Best Management Practice compliance and implementation DOC PDF 

Usage Form

Any usage of chemicals must be documented and this form meets the Center's minimum reporting requirements DOC  PDF

Activity Monitoring Form CFWC-FM-10

Used to monitoring silvicultural prescriptions, herbicide treatments, or any other forest practice must be documented for its success DOC PDF 

Removal from Group Form

Submitted to Center personnel to indicate voluntary or expulsion from the group DOC  PDF 

Cooperating Forester Application

All potential Cooperating Foresters must submit this form to initiate the training process DOC  PDF 

Controlled Wood SLIMF Checklist

Harvests are required to meet FSC Controlled Wood Standards. Use this form to ensure they are verified for each harvest.  




Silvicultural Planning Form

Progressive System form to document the general objectives and silvilcultural prescription DOC PDF
Harvest & Cutting Guidelines
Progressive System form to provide to Certified Master Loggers to detail the silvicultural prescription from the Planning Form DOC PDF

Guidance Documents

These documents are for use by landowners and foresters for guidance on meeting the Center's certification standards and specifically the High Conservation Value Forest analysis requirement.

Document DOC PDF
Family Forest Standards Guidance DOC PDF
Large, Industrial, and Public Standards Guidance DOC PDF
Family Forest High Conservation Value Forests Guidance DOC PDF
Large, Industrial, and Public High Conservation Value Forests Guidance DOC PDF

Cooperating Forester ATFS Resources

The following documents are provided to assist Cooperating Foresters with ATFS certification. Documents are for Cooperating Forester training and are not to be distributed.  

ATFS Inspector Training  Inspector training slide deck    PDF
ATFS Inspector Quiz Quiz used in ATFS Inspector Training in Kentucky     PDF
Inspector Manual Current ATFS inspector manual   PDF
ATFS Standard Guidance ATFS Standards and Guidance 2015-2020    PDF

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