Pass the Tissue, it’s Pollen Time!

It’s that special time of year in Georgia, when Mother Nature coaxes everything around us to sprout, bloom, and reach for the sunshine. For many people, however, it’s the most miserable time of year, when all the pollen, both visible and invisible, wreaks havoc on human bodies. Despite its shady reputation with some, we’d be … Continue Reading →

Forestry Employees Honored for Outstanding Service to Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 21, 2023 Georgia Forestry Commission employees serving a 21-county region in west-central Georgia have been honored with a prestigious agency award. The annual “Area of the Year” recognition for 2022 was presented to Newnan-based Area 3, for its performance in wildfire response, landowner services, and safety, among other criteria. “This group … Continue Reading →

Forestry Employees Honored for Outstanding Service to Georgia – Forest Management Team of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 21, 2023 A group of Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) employees is being honored for exemplary cost-share service to landowners. The ten foresters from throughout the state have been named GFC’s Fiscal Year 2022 Forest Management Team of the Year. “Cost-share programs are available for a number of purposes,” said Georgia Forestry … Continue Reading →

Georgia Celebrates Trees this Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 13, 2023 Communities across the state are planting trees and recognizing their benefits this month for Georgia’s Arbor Day. The day is observed annually on the third Friday in February, which this year falls on Friday, February 17. “Special events are being held all over Georgia this month to mark the … Continue Reading →

Guest Blog – McIntosh SEED

GUEST BLOG – McIntosh SEED Written by: Tyrah Ward Littles, Outreach Manager When we ask the question, “How much land do you think you own,” many African American landowners are uncertain, especially with land that has been passed down through generations without a clear title. And often, these landowners lack access to the services of a … Continue Reading →

How Fire Earns GOOD Marks in the Forest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 6, 2023 Keeping Georgia’s 24 million acres of forestland healthy depends a lot on Mother Nature. Sunshine and growing conditions are critical, yet forest managers rely on another important tool that has a lesser known but important role – fire. Governor Brian Kemp has declared February 5-11 “Prescribed Fire Awareness Week” … Continue Reading →

Waging War on the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

Waging War on the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid By Brandon Merz, GFC Forest Health Specialist It’s winter in Georgia, and while that means most forest pests are inactive, the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is in its full feeding swing. This invasive pest has been killing hemlock trees in the Appalachian Mountains since its introduction to the … Continue Reading →

The Wise Way to Guard Against Fire

GFC Guest blog by Michael Courey, Towns Co. Firewise Coalition leader Many people long to leave hectic, high intensity lifestyles in large metropolitan urban areas and retreat to calmer, less densely population communities. While living in rural, forested environments is peaceful, it comes with some trade-offs and lessons for homeowners. The areas in which homes … Continue Reading →

Danville Man Named GA Forester of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 10, 2023 The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) has named Danville, GA. resident Gabe Outlaw its 2022 Forester of the Year. The honor is given annually to a GFC forester who exemplifies the agency’s mission to provide leadership, service, and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. “It gives … Continue Reading →

A Message from GFC Director Tim Lowrimore

As we ring in 2023, I know many of our team members are enjoying some well-deserved time away, relaxing with family and friends. Corporately, we are taking a look back at 2022 and preparing for new initiatives that will deliver value to Georgia and its forestry community. 2022 has been an incredible year at the … Continue Reading →