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Forest Industry Continues to Boost Georgia's Economy

According to a GFC report provided by the Georgia Institute of Technology's Enterprise Innovation Institute, total economic activity generated by the state's forest industry rose to $36.2 billion between 2017 and 2018. Additional gains were recorded in employment and wages and salaries, as documented in the "2018 Economic Benefits of Forestry in Georgia" report.


Hurricane Cleanup Time Extended; State Timber Tax Credit Deadline Nears

Forest landowners who have been approved for post-Hurricane Michael cleanup assistance through a special state program have been given a bit longer for the work to be completed. The deadline to finish assignments through the Forest Debris Management Program has been extended by six months to June 30, 2020.


New Online Tool Tracks Georgia Wildfire Activity

GFC has launched an online tool that pinpoints wildfire activity throughout the state. The Wildfire Public Viewer provides an interactive map showing wildfire locations and details about response activities.


High Fire Danger Impacts Outdoor Burning

Though burning leaf piles and campfires are hallmarks of fall, Georgia's current drought is impacting decisions to burn outside. GFC is urging everyone to follow established procedures and exercise extreme caution when using fire outside.


Governor Kemp Names Seventeen Appointments

On September 17th, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced seventeen (17) appointees to serve on various state boards, authorities, and commissions. Included among them is J. Chad Nimmer, who will serve on GFC's Board of Directors.


Second Timber Tax Credit Sign-up for Hurricane Michael Restoration and Replanting

A second timber tax credit application period has begun for forest landowners who missed the first sign-up that closed on May 31. The tax credit applies to landowners with timber damage from Hurricane Michael within the 28-county state-declared disaster area who plan to replant or restore acreage for the production of forest products or ecological services.


Heavy Equipment Academy Provides Hands-On Training for Wildland Firefighters

For the fifth consecutive year, heavy equipment operators will have the opportunity for hands-on learning in "real life scenarios" during special training at GFC headquarters in Dry Branch. The Southern Area Geographic Area Heavy Equipment Operator Academy (GHEOA), will take place June 3-13.


Forestry Commission Plants Special Seedlings in Dawson County

A tract of land in Dawson County will soon be growing some distinctive trees whose seeds will benefit Georgia for decades to come. GFC planted 60 specially-grafted shortleaf pines and 70 Virginia pines on a 2.5-acre site adjacent to its office on Highway 53.


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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.

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Forest Industry Continues to Boost Georgia's Economy
The 2018 Economic Benefits of Forestry in Georgia report is now available!
Storm Damage Resources
Find information and resources available to landowners who sustained damage to their forest lands during Hurricane Michael.
Timber Tax Credit Program
Georgia Department of Revenue is now accepting applications for the Timber Tax Credit to assist in offsetting the substantial economic losses incurred during Hurricane Michael. Per HB 4EX, eligible timber properties must be located in the disaster area established by Executive Order, which includes Baker, Bleckley, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth counties.
Save Energy - Plant Trees!
Plant trees to lower utility bills, save energy and add value to your property. A homeowner learns how in this Georgia Forestry Commission video.
Healthy Trees Healthy Lives
As research is being conducted and becoming available, findings reinforce what much of the urban forestry community already knows - that trees have a positive impact on human health.
Sustainability Report for Georgia's Forests: 2019
A new report shows Georgia's forests are healthy today and are ready to meet the needs of tomorrow, if we're mindful of some emerging trends.
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.

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