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 →

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 →

Dreaming of a Green Christmas? Start by Recycling Your Tree

Dreaming of a Green Christmas? Start by Recycling Your Tree Submitted by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation As the holiday season comes to a close each year, Georgians face an important question: what should we do with our well-loved, and now quite dry, Christmas trees? For the past 32 years, the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation … Continue Reading →

Think Trees for the Holidays

Can you believe it? It’s “that time of year again!” The holiday season is here and many families ware venturing out to buy the annual Christmas tree. As always, the Georgia Forestry Commission is proud to endorse the purchase of a live Christmas tree from one of the state’s many tree farms. The Georgia Forestry … Continue Reading →

The Season for Giving Thanks

By: Tim Lowrimore, GFC Director To my GFC colleagues, our customers, and the extended Georgia forestry family… Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for another great year of working together! As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and begin celebrating with our families and friends over the next few days, I’m reaching out to personally thank you … Continue Reading →

Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

Guest Blog By: Kimberly P. Champney, MD, MSCR / Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Care Note: November 17 is National Take a Hike Day! To mark the occasion and the importance of physical activity, Dr. Kimberly Champney accepted our invitation to write this relevant blog. It’s time for the holidays, and chances are your calendar is filling … Continue Reading →

STEM & Forestry

STEM & Forestry By Chelsea York GFC Conservation Education Coordinator November 8 is National STEM/STEAM Day! Chances are you’ve heard those buzzwords over the past few years, especially in the education and career fields. So, what exactly does STEM/STEAM stand for, and how does that relate to forestry? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and … Continue Reading →

Georgia Forestry Commission hosts a Fall Huddle with Leadership and Partners

2022 GFC Fall Huddle Written by Troy Clymer | GFC’s Associate Chief of Forest Management On Monday, October 24, and Tuesday, October 25, the Georgia Forestry Commission held a “Fall Huddle” at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele, Georgia. Personnel from across the agency gathered to receive agency updates, technical training, leadership development, and team building. … Continue Reading →

GFC’s people and services impact Georgians

Written by Stasia Kelly | GFC Media Relations Specialist When you see the words “Georgia Forestry Commission,” what comes to your mind? Trees, of course – millions upon millions of trees! We at the GFC are devoted to each and every one of them across the state and to all the people who grow, use, … Continue Reading →