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 →

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 →

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’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 →

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 →

Think safety before starting a burn.

* 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. Weather conditions have been ideal this year for creating a busy prescribed burn season. Landowners across the … Continue Reading →