Georgia’s forest industry continues to fuel the state’s economic engine. According to a new report, in 2017, increases were recorded in the number of jobs, net state revenue, and output – the total revenue generated by the industry. Statistics documented in “2017 Economic Benefits of the Forest Industry in Georgia, 2017,” from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institution, detail advances made in categories across the board.
The many health benefits linked to trees are being shared through a new campaign called “Healthy Trees – Healthy Lives.” According to a compilation of significant research, trees have a positive impact on human health, and the Healthy Trees campaign details the numerous benefits in a captivating and easy to apply style.
Citizens across the state are observing Georgia’s Arbor Day this month to celebrate the many benefits of trees. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp acknowledged the occasion by signing a proclamation and meeting with forestry representatives at the state capitol this week.
The many benefits of fire on Georgia forestland are being recognized February 3-9 during “Prescribed Fire Awareness Week.” Prescribed fire is known as “good fire,” because it is carefully applied to forest vegetation under specific weather conditions to advance defined forest management objectives.
Cogongrass, Imperata cylindrica (L.), is considered the seventh worst weed in the world and listed as a federal noxious weed by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Plant Protection and Quarantine. Cogongrass was first introduced into the United States near Grand Bay, Alabama in 1911 via seed packing material in shipping containers from Japan.