Georgia’s Burn Notification System Changes – Coming Soon!

As of July 1, 2021, changes go into effect regarding the legal responsibilities of Georgia landowners burning outdoor yard debris. Under Senate Bill 119, GA code section 12-6-90 was changed to eliminate the need to notify the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) by the person, firm, corporation, or association who intends to burn hand-piled natural vegetation/yard … Continue Reading →

SPB & IPCP Applications

Written by Ryan Phillips, Cost Share Coordinator Currently the Georgia Forestry Commission is accepting applications for two programs that provide financial incentives to help landowners manage their forestland. The purpose of the Southern Pine Beetle Cost Share Program (SPB) is to help landowners implement forestry practices that will improve forest health and tree vigor in … Continue Reading →

Lumber Boom Not Benefitting Southern Forest Owners – So What Now?

Reference: Southern Perspective – Southern Group of State Foresters   You’ve seen it all over the news for months now – the shortage and ever-escalating price of lumber amid the housing boom. According to the National Association of Home Builders, lumber prices have more than tripled since April of last year. This boom has clearly created … Continue Reading →

Crawford County Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Wildfires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 3, 2021 A Crawford County man has plead guilty to three counts of arson of lands in the third degree and has been sentenced to 15 years’ probation, $4,500 in fines, plus restitution. Georgia Forestry Commission Law Enforcement Officers charged Matthew DeFore with six counts of arson of lands December 2015, … Continue Reading →

Reflections on the Big Fire of 2007

Fourteen years ago, the Georgia Forestry Commission was leading an intense battle against one of the worst fires in U.S. history. A downed power line sparked the blaze on April 16, 2007, southwest of Waycross. It was named the Sweat Farm Fire, and it consumed 20,000 acres in the first 48 hours alone. By April … Continue Reading →

Southern Pine Beetles

The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB), Dendroctonus frontalis, is not much bigger than an eye gnat (Figure 1). It attacks and kills all species of southern yellow pines in Georgia, including white pines. Trees are killed when beetles construct winding S-shaped egg galleries underneath the bark (Figure 2). These galleries effectively girdle the tree and destroy … Continue Reading →

Pine Bark Beetles

Pine bark beetles are native to Georgia and can have devastating effects on pine trees. Pine bark beetles found throughout Georgia include the southern pine beetle (SPB), the black turpentine beetle (BTB), and three species of Ips engraver beetles, with a fourth found just in northern Georgia. Southern pine beetles can be the most destructive … Continue Reading →

North Georgia Burn Ban Helps Boost Air Quality

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 28, 2021 On May 1, a ban on outdoor burning begins in 54 … Continue Reading →

March Tornado Timber Damage Totals Nearly $3 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 27, 2021 A new Georgia Forestry Commission report details damage left behind by an EF-4 tornado that tore through Newnan, Georgia, and surrounding areas in late March. The GFC Timber Impact Assessment of the Heard and Coweta Counties’ tornado reports a total of 4,745 acres of timber damaged, with a total … Continue Reading →

Outstanding Employees Honored at Georgia Forestry Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 26, 2021 The Georgia Forestry Commission has named the State Lands Timber Sales group its 2020 Forest Management Team of the Year. Timber Sales is one of 12 GFC teams that guides forest landowners in the growth, health and conservation of Georgia’s valuable forest resources. “Each division in this agency is … Continue Reading →