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.

Weather conditions have been ideal this year for creating a busy prescribed burn season. Landowners across the state are taking advantage of the proper humidity, winds, moisture levels and more to put fire to work reducing fuel levels, enhancing wildlife habitat and aesthetics, preparing for reforestation and accomplishing many other forest management goals. With wet … Continue Reading →

Spring Tree Care

By Seth Hawkins, GFC Urban Forest Specialist Springtime is here and with longer days and warmer temperatures at hand, trees are waking up for the growing season. Trees’ water needs are also waking up, so it’s time to start a watering regime for trees that were recently planted or planted within the last two years. … Continue Reading →

Meet GFC’s Director: Tim Lowrimore

It is a real honor to be meeting you here, virtually. I am excited to be joining the Georgia Forestry Commission team and I look forward to the time we can again freely congregate, shake hands and meet in person. With one of the most challenging years of my career I can recall now behind … Continue Reading →

Choose a LIVE Christmas Tree for 2020!

Despite the fact that 2020 has been one of our most unusual years in memory, it is “that time of year again!” The holiday season is here and many families will venture out, wearing masks no doubt, to buy the annual Christmas tree. As always, the Georgia Forestry Commission is proud to endorse the purchase … Continue Reading →

GFC Seeking Director/State Forester

Georgia’s 25 million acres of forestland are a natural wonder. They are also an enormous responsibility for the many people who own, manage and enjoy them for the multitude of benefits they provide. The Georgia Forestry Commission has a rare opportunity for an individual to lead the agency as it takes on the challenges of … Continue Reading →

Gary White Named GFC Interim Director

Georgia Forestry Commission Deputy Director Gary White has been appointed to the post of Interim Director for the agency. Governor Brian Kemp requested White assume the role of State Forester, following the departure of the ag ency’s former director. A search committee has been established by the GFC Board of Directors (BOD) to identify the … Continue Reading →

GFC’s Stance on Respect and Discrimination

Recently, the Georgia Forestry Commission became aware of a serious situation in which one of our employees made an inappropriate and insensitive comment on a personal Facebook post. The comment reflected poorly on the agency and inquiries from the public received our immediate attention. Balancing the rights of individuals to express their thoughts with the … Continue Reading →

Ransomware Attack Impacting GFC Online Services

For customers who may need to reach out to GFC for burn permits or service requests, please contact us by telephone for prompt attention. Georgia’s state cybersecurity team is investigating an online security breach at our agency. No customer information has been compromised at this time, and the team is working diligently to resolve the … Continue Reading →