A Look Back at GFC in 2021

By: Tim Lowrimore, Director As we near the end of another year, it’s a good time to take a moment and say thank you, to you – our employees, our stakeholders and all of our supporters. Thank you for all you’ve done for our agency over the past 12 months. You have helped the Georgia … Continue Reading →

Why Choose a Live Christmas Tree?

Guest blog – by Matthew Gay, Gays Christmas Tree Farm, Augusta GA., GA Christmas Tree Association It’s that time of year when we’re all getting ready for the holiday season. We look forward to spending time with family and friends. And besides the turkey or ham selection, preparations are made for Christmas. Tree selection is … Continue Reading →

Final Leaf Watch Report for November 17th, 2021

Northwest GA Specific (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): Foliage color change is ending in NW GA as a large percentage of trees have lost their leaves. The few leaves remaining are showing dull colors of brown, yellow, and red. Chestnut oak, white oak, and red oak are among the few species retaining leaves contributing to arrays of brown and yellow.  Select … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report for November 11th, 2021

Northwest GA Specific (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): Color change has surpassed peak in a majority of NW GA. Overlooks are showing duller shades of yellow, brown and gold, with occasional patches of red. There is very little green left and many species such as yellow poplar, sourwood, and blackgum have lost a majority of their … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report for November 4th, 2021

Northwest GA Specific (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): Fall color change in Northwest GA remains approximately one week behind last year. Many areas from 1500 to 3000 feet are currently at peak, displaying a wide variety of vivid yellows and dull reds. A large percentage of red maple have transformed into differing shades of bright and … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report for October 27th, 2021

Northwest GA (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): Foliage color change is steadily progressing and is most visible in areas above 2000 feet. Sourwood and blackgum continue to provide a majority of the red patches seen from overlooks and ridges. Hickory and poplar have made the most significant changes over the past week as they are beginning … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report October 20th, 2021

Northwest GA Specific (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau) The past week has been cool and sunny with a little rain, allowing many of the trees to slowly progress with color change. Areas with high concentrations of blackgum and sourwood are currently showing the most vivid colors providing differing shades of red and orange. Sassafras is also … Continue Reading →

National Forest Products Week

By: Dru Preston Forester-Staff U&M Georgia Forestry Commission Forests provide countless benefits for humanity. To recognize this and honor the tree, National Forest Products Week is observed annually during the third week of October, which this year is October 18– 23. Forests makeup almost two-thirds of the state and are an important component of water … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report October 13th, 2021

Northwest: Lowering temperatures and adequate rainfall has led to the beginning of foliage color change in NW GA. Overlooks and ridges are still predominately green with an occasional patch of red or yellow. Red maple, sumac, and blackgum are primarily responsible for the various patches of red, while hickory and poplar are providing shades of … Continue Reading →

How Foresters, Loggers, Forest Owners and the Forest Industry Became Champions for Clean Water

By: Joe Fox State Forester Arkansas Department of Agriculture – Division of Forestry Water is the most important substance on the planet – the presence of clean and abundant water is crucial to the survival of humans and thriving communities. Healthy rivers, streams, springs and lakes are also a big part of what makes the southeastern … Continue Reading →