“Good Fires” Take Center Stage at Upcoming Virtual Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2021 The role of fire in Georgia forests as it impacts air quality, climate change and wildlife and natural resource sustainability will be among the topics explored at the 2021 meeting of the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council. The annual gathering brings together partner organizations that advocate the use of prescribed … Continue Reading →

Educating future generation of decision-makers and others about the importance of our natural resources

Written by Chelsea York | Education Conservation Coordinator Back-to-school time is well underway, and though the traditional school bus and in-class learning model has changed, the season still signifies a focus on education. Both formal and non-formal educators – including parents – are facing the challenge of effectively teaching in unusual circumstances. Whether it’s in … Continue Reading →

“Friends that travel together, stay together”: Hand Crews of the Georgia Forestry Commission

By Jennifer Tapley / Training Specialist “We got one!” That’s what Annie Potts’ character, Janine Melnitz, from the original Ghostbusters movie, said excitedly when she received the first ghost-removal call at the Sedgewick Hotel. That’s the exact emotion I have when I get a call requesting our 20-man Type 2 Initial Attack (T2IA) hand crew … Continue Reading →

Georgia Forestry Commission Helping Fight Western Wildfires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2021 The Georgia Forestry Commission has dispatched another group of wildland firefighters to help contain raging fires in the western United States. The latest cadre from Georgia traveled this past weekend to the Summit Trail Fire near Inchelium, WA., where they were assigned to various duties and posts in surrounding … Continue Reading →

Connecting with the next Generation of Passionate Professionals

One of the most important aspects of sustainable forestry is connecting with the next generation of passionate professionals. We reach out to them in a number of ways, including camp programs for school kids and special training for educators. The Georgia Forestry Commission also works with several colleges and universities to target young adults who … Continue Reading →

USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) is now available from July 22, 2021 through October 15, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2021 The USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) will provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced losses due to COVID-19. Timber harvesting and hauling businesses that have experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% during the period of Jan. 1 and Dec. … Continue Reading →

Would wood work? Builders eye mass timber for construction, conservation

By Dan Chapman, Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Hawkinsville, Georgia – Dr. John Bembry roams his 2,200-acre tree farm pointing out the ecological wonders bestowed by “the good Lord.” Here, he says, is an age-old longleaf pine stand towering over wiregrass and gallberry scrub. There’s a gopher tortoise whose sandy … Continue Reading →

Landowners Can Help Reduce Wildfire in Georgia

By Frank Sorrells, GFC Chief of Protection. Over the years, the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Protection team has responded to tens of thousands of wildfires. In fact, each year more than 3500 wildfires are recorded in our state, and most of them got their start in the same way. Escaped debris burning. It’s not that … Continue Reading →

Georgia Burn Notification Law Changing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 15, 2021 Changes are coming to laws affecting Georgians who burn outdoor yard debris. As of July 1, 2021, landowners will no longer be required to notify the Georgia Forestry Commission of their intention to burn hand-piled vegetative matter. However, the legal responsibilities of those burning outdoor yard debris will be … Continue Reading →