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Georgia to Celebrate Trees' Many Benefits on Arbor Day

Citizens across the state will observe Georgia's Arbor Day on Thursday and Friday, February 15 and 16, 2018. Special events that celebrate the many benefits of trees will be held in cities including Atlanta, Athens and Woodbine.


"Good Fire" Awareness Week February 4-10

Governor Nathan Deal is helping raise awareness about reducing the risk of wildfire by proclaiming February 4-10, 2018, "Prescribed Fire Awareness Week" in Georgia. Deal signed the proclamation in a special ceremony at the state capitol on February 6.


Forest Industry Packs a Punch for Georgia

A new report shows Georgia’s forest industry continues to provide a substantial impact to the state’s economy. In 2016, notable increases were recorded in the number of jobs, compensation paid to employees, and output - the total revenue generated by the industry. That figure rose 9.6% from the previous year to $35.2 billion.


Deputy Director Named at GFC

GFC has promoted Gary White to the position of deputy director. White will oversee a diverse range of support, operations and program activities for the agency and assist the director in management functions of GFC.


EPD's Summer Burn Ban Lifting

The summer ban on outdoor burning will end Saturday, September 30 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state.


Georgia Forestry Commission Launches Pre-Irma Safety Plans

GFC is taking steps to protect the safety of citizens in advance of incoming weather associated with Hurricane Irma. Effective Saturday, September 9, permits for all types of open burning will be suspended. Conditions will be re-evaluated on Monday, September 11.


Deal Announces Director for the Georgia Forestry Commission

Governor Nathan Deal announced Chuck Williams as the director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.


Search Launched for "Great American Tree"

The American Grove has launched its annual competition for the extraordinary tree that will represent the nation’s canopy as 2017's "Great American Tree."


Public Help Needed to Find Arsonist

GFC is asking for assistance from the public to help solve a series of arson fires in Clinch and Echols counties.


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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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Georgia Landowner Academy Hosts Spring Sessions
This six session course is offered to landowners who own 10 or more acres of land and want to learn the basics of land management. It is designed to serve those who want to make their land more profitable and sustainable. Click through link above for registration information.
2016 Economic Impacts of Forestry in Georgia
The 2016 Economic Impacts of Forestry in Georgia report has been released.
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.
Timber Impact Assessment for the West Mims Wildfire
GFC conducted a timber impact assessment on private and industrial lands affected by the West Mims wildfire to determine fire severity and predict survival of damaged stands.
Coastal Georgia's Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management (video)
Discover the damaging effects of stormwater runoff and how you can help protect, preserve and restore Coastal Georgia's water qualit and natural resources.
Emerald Ash Borer Statewide Quarantine Announced
GFC and the GA Department of Agriculture have implemented a statewide quarantine for ash wood products.
Notice of Timber Harvesting Activity
The updated Notice of Timber Harvesting Activity Form is effective July 1, 2015 and may be downloaded HERE.
New Law Strengthens Timber Sale Regulations (click for details)
A new law strengthening timber sale regulations and increasing protection for forest landowners went into effect on July 1st. House Bill 790 brings change to many parts of the timber sale process and the authority of GFC law enforcement officers to enforce all laws relating to the protection, security, conservation or sale of timber transactions.

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