MARCH 18, 2024

Landowners in South Georgia already know what a special part of the state they live in. Now the can take extra pride in the award-winning service provided them by the Georgia Forestry Commission’s (GFC) Berrien County Unit, which earned the agency’s South Zone Unit of the Year award for FY23.

“The GFC annually reviews all the services we offer our customers statewide, and this evaluation showed the exceptionally high performance of employees in our Berrien Unit,” said Georgia Forestry Commission Director Tim Lowrimore. “From preventing and protecting citizens from wildfire to equipment maintenance and educational outreach, this group has consistently demonstrated outstanding levels of skill and dedication.”

Berrien staff consistently maintained a high level of equipment and facilities maintenance while keeping agency costs at a minimum. They provided support for construction projects at other GFC units and assisted with area firebreak and prescribed fire services, as they kept Berrien County fire response time rapid and average wildfire size under five acres. Employees were also praised for their special woodworking services, in- and out-of-area training cadres, as well as community outreach through forestry field days and other programs.

The Georgia Forestry Commission’s Berrien County team received South Zone Unit of the Year recognition at the state capitol on March 7.

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