GFC News
GFC Discontinues Fuel Reduction Program

GFC is discontinuing its mechanical fuel reduction and mastication program. Effective immediately, referrals for service will be made to private vendors and contractors.

Timber Sale Warning Issued for Georgia Forestland Owners

GFC is alerting area landowners about a possible timber buying scam in the east-central Georgia area. According to GFC Law Enforcement investigators, an individual claiming to be a timber buyer has been contacting landowners by unsolicited mail, and may attempt to swindle them when meeting in person.

Temporary Change for Automated Burn Permits

Due to a temporary outage of our automatic telephone burn permit system, citizens seeking permission to burn yard debris are asked to use our online portal. Effective immediately, requests for permits to burn hand piled natural vegetation should be entered on this website. This request will be in effect for at least two weeks.

Palmetto Berry Harvest Garners Attention

Legal harvesting of saw palmetto berries is scheduled to begin shortly at the Dixon Memorial State Forest in Ware County near Waycross. A contractor has been hired to collect berries on the 35,000 acre site, where theft has been a problem in recent years.

Georgia Forestry Commission Sends Resources to Western Fires

GFC is helping wildland firefighters in five western states where fires have consumed more than 100,000 acres. More than a dozen GFC professionals are currently serving in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming.

Georgia's Annual Burn Ban Begins May 1

Georgia's annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 counties, mostly in the northern half of the state. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months, when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks.

Georgia Forest Report Shows Sustainability

Georgia's forestlands are undergoing some changes, but the state is maintaining its number one ranking in timberland, according to new statistics.

GFC Media Room

View more GFC News...

Welcome to the Georgia Forestry Commission

The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is a dynamic state agency responsible for providing leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia's forest resources. Our headquarters is located in Dry Branch, Georgia. District and county offices are located throughout the state. Commission professionals provide a wide variety of services including fire detection, issuing burn permits, wildfire suppression and prevention services, emergency and incident command system expertise, rural fire department assistance, forest management assistance to landowners and communities, the marketing and utilization of forest resources and nature services, and growing and selling quality tree seedlings for planting.

Learn more about our vision and mission

Southern Pine Beetle Cost Share Program Open for Applications
The cost share program for Southern Pine Beetle is now accepting applications. The purpose of the SPB cost share program is to help landowners implement various silvicultural practices that will prevent (or minimize) impacts of southern pine beetle infestations, restore healthy, more beetle-resistant forests and suppress current beetle infestations.
Pine Beetle: The Urban Problem
Pine Beetles don't just affect large swaths of forest lands ... they also affect Georgia's urban forests. Learn how to identify infestations and what to do if you suspect that you have one in your urban area.
Forest-Water Connection Projects
The critical link between forestland and clean water is coming into clearer focus with three seperate projects underway across the state. Click through to learn more!
Five-Year Plan for Georgia's Urban and Community Forests 2018 - 2022
A Five-Year Plan for Georgia's Urban and Community Forests has been developed by a dedicated and diverse group of industry leaders across the state to provide strategic direction for urban and community forest programs and to coordinate statewide efforts to value, conserve, manage and enhance Georgia's community forests.
Selling Your Timber
Thinking of selling some or all of your timber? Take a few minutes to educate yourself before you start the process. Click here for Application.
Emerald Ash Borer Statewide Quarantine Announced
GFC and the GA Department of Agriculture have implemented a statewide quarantine for ash wood products.

Want to try out our newsletter?

Stay in the know with the new GFC newsletter. We'll send you the latest breaking GFC and forestry updates in a concise, easy to read format for you to read any time.


Email Address