Forestry Management Program

The Girl Scout Law challenges every member to “use resources wisely.”  This includes Girl Scout council resources as well.  It is our responsibility to maintain and protect the forests and resources that we manage to ensure sustainability and success.  We hope you will celebrate the decision to actively manage our resources wisely through sustainable forestry management.  

For information to share with your girls please see the Life of a Tree handout that we have put together.  This information may compliment your activities in the Journey – It’s Your Plant Love It.  

Verso Paper Company in Memphis shares our commitment to maintaining and protecting the forests and resources that we manage to ensure sustainability and success.  We are grateful to Verso for supporting our efforts.  

Sondra Dowdell, Communications & Corporate Relations Manager of Verso presents a donation to Peggy Butze, Director of Fund Development after a presentation to Verso employees about Girl Scouts Heart of the South.

 Girl Scouts Heart of the South has hired a professional forestry & wildlife consulting firm, Mitchell Forestry & Wildlife Services, Inc., to advise us regarding the best way to sustainably manage our forest resources. 

Sustainable forest management means managing forests to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  By practicing a land stewardship ethic which integrates the reforestation, managing, growing, nurturing and harvesting of trees for useful products with the conservation of soil, air and water quality, wildlife and fish habitat and aesthetics, we have chosen to manage our forest resources according to the standards of the American Tree Farm System (ATFS).  

The ATFS is a program of the American Forest Foundation's Center for Family Forests and is committed to sustaining forests, watershed and healthy habitats through the power of private stewardship.  ATFS has established standards and guidelines  for property owners to meet to become a Certified Tree Farm. The standards address management issues such as water quality maintenance, sound silvicultural practices, and protection of threatened and endangered species to name a few. 

Under these standards and guidelines, private forest owners must develop a management plan, which has been accomplished, based on strict environmental standards and pass an inspection by an ATFS volunteer forester every five years.  The ATFS is also now endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC), which requires the American Tree Farm System follow internationally accepted third-party certification auditing procedures.  This endorsement by PEFC does two things for the Council’s forest resources:  It gives assurance to the Council and all its members that the forest resources of the Council are being managed in a manner that is responsible and sustainable over time and it puts the Council in a position to take advantage of any current and/or emerging environmental markets such as carbon sequestration.  

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