Visit My Forest Campaign

The Georgia Forestry Commission and Southern Group of State Foresters have launched a communications campaign to educate the public about the benefits of forests and prescribed fire. The campaign invites internet visitors to 'Take a Forest Break' by providing a listing of forested public areas by zip code at www.visitmyforest.org. The site also offers access to learn more about prescribed fire at www.goodfires.org.

When people hear the words "forest fire" they often become alarmed. But fire in the forest is not always a bad thing, and the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) wants that message to resonate with Georgians.

"When fires in the forest are carefully controlled, they actually improve the health of the forest," said Neal Edmondson, Prescribed Fire Program Manager for the GFC.

"Foresters know this tool as 'prescribed fire.' This type of burning helps protect the forest from devastating wildfires by reducing hazardous tinder on the forest floor that fuels wildfires and threatens homes and property."

Edmondson explained that prescribed burning also enhances reforestation, aesthetics and forest access, and is beneficial for many types of wildlife.

Learn more about prescribed fire.