Forest Industry Continues to Boost Georgia’s Economy

A new report shows Georgia’s forest industry continues to deliver strong results for the state’s economy. The report shows the top three employment regions in Georgia for forestry related jobs are Atlanta, Southern Georgia, and Coastal Georgia. These areas account for almost half of the forestry related jobs in the state.

Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project: Hurricane Michael Relief Package

On November 18, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 1EX, which provides emergency disaster relief assistance for cleanup efforts for timberland owners as well as emergency funding for state agencies and local governments in areas heaviest impacted by Hurricane Michael, and HB 4EX, which creates a tax credit for timber growers in the 28 counties included … Continue Reading →

Special Team Dispatched to Spread Fire Safety Alerts

In response to the deepening drought and the rising risk of wildfire, a special team has been dispatched to north Georgia by the U.S. Forest Service and Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).

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 outdoors. The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging everyone to follow established procedures and exercise extreme caution when using fire outside.

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. The Georgia Forestry Commission has planted 60 specially-grafted shortleaf pines and 70 Virginia pines on a 2.5-acre site adjacent to its office on Highway 53.

Wildfires on the Rise in Georgia


Hot temperatures and low rainfall are pushing up wildfire activity in Georgia. The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging people to be extremely cautious about the use of fire outdoors, especially with campfires and outdoor cooking devices.

Kemp Leads Forest Field Day

Landowners got a first-hand look at how good forest management enhances Georgia’s woods, water, wildlife and recreation recently at a special event in Madison County. The Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Tree Farm Program put on a field day at “Plantation Partners” Tree Farm to highlight the resources available that support sustainable forestry.

Searching for the Next “Great American Tree”

Trees work hard for us every day. They give us clean air, cooler temperatures, nourishment and they even mitigate floods. In celebration of trees’ innumerable accomplishments and the benefits they provide, The American Grove is sponsoring the 5th annual Great American Tree Competition.