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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.

Local Forestry Professionals Receive Special Recognition

Three area professionals with GFC have received special recognition for their exemplary performance with the state agency. Employees of the Bleckley/Pulaski Unit of GFC have been chosen as the Outstanding Unit of the Year for the southern part of Georgia in fiscal year 2017.

Local Forestry Professionals Receive Special Recognition

Five area professionals with GFC have received special recognition for their exemplary performance with the state agency. Employees of the Clayton/Pike/Lamar/Spalding/Upson Unit have been chosen as the Outstanding Unit of the Year for the northern part of Georgia in fiscal year 2017.

Local Forestry Professionals Honored

A group of GFC employees who work in 23 area counties have been honored for their work with the commission's Chattahoochee District, which was recently named "District of the Year 2017."

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.


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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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"One Tree Planted" Campaign Offers Free Oak Seedlings to North GA Landowners
North GA landowners can receive free oak seedlings as part of the "One Tree Planted" program. The non-profit group donated funds to purchase a designated number of oak tree seedlings from GFC, which will be given to qualified applicants with 2-15 eligible acres in specified counties in north GA. Deadline to apply is August 24, and approved applicants will be visited by a GFC forester to develop a tree planting plan for acreage involved. Download the official announcement for more details and the application.
How Potential New Laws from Georgia's 2017-2018 Legislative Session could Affect Forest Landowners' Tax
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.
2016 Economic Impacts of Forestry in Georgia
The 2016 Economic Impacts of Forestry in Georgia report has been released.
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.

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