Sung to the tune of “School’s Out for Summer!”

Guest Blog by Conservation Education Coordinator Chelsea York Temperatures are rising, graduations are being celebrated, and end-of-year parties are underway. Can the summer doldrums be far behind? One can almost hear that woeful whine, “I’m BOOORRRRRED!” For anyone simultaneously excited and fearful of the summer ahead, we have some great news for you! Georgia’s forests … Continue Reading →


Written by Lynne Womack, Forest Health Coordinator As the weather warms up and we all start to get out and about more, the signs of spring are all around us. At GFC’s Forest Health Department, spring is the start of our early detection season. The majority of this early detection work is done by placing … Continue Reading →

“Wildfires in Georgia”

Guest blog by GFC Ranger III Eric Evans When you hear the word “wildfire,” what goes through your mind? TV news video of big blazes ripping through mountainous terrain? Images of helicopters dumping water on smoky fires below? Pictures like that are mostly associated with western fires that happen in the summer. California, for instance, … Continue Reading →

Pass the Tissue, it’s Pollen Time!

It’s that special time of year in Georgia, when Mother Nature coaxes everything around us to sprout, bloom, and reach for the sunshine. For many people, however, it’s the most miserable time of year, when all the pollen, both visible and invisible, wreaks havoc on human bodies. Despite its shady reputation with some, we’d be … Continue Reading →

Lancaster Forestry Youth Camp

GFC Guest Blog: Billy Lancaster Forestry Youth Camp by Preston Lancaster          Back in 1988, my father, Billy Lancaster, decided to start a forestry camp for young kids. He went to one when he was a kid and wanted today’s youth to have the same opportunity he had at their age. With the … Continue Reading →

“The Best Time to Plant a Tree was Yesterday.”

GUEST BLOG – Scott Berta, President, Plant Newnan INC. There is a saying that states “you don’t know you have a good thing until it’s gone.” In 30 seconds on March 26, 2021, we in Newnan lost everything good that we maybe never realized we had. I am a forester by trade, and I have … Continue Reading →

Prescribed Burn Time in Georgia

By RT Lumpkin, GFC Prescribed Burn Center Coordinator Prescribed Burn Awareness Week is Jan. 30 through Feb. 5 in Georgia – a time to recognize the many benefits of this important forest management tool. Are you interested in prescribed burning this year? Do you have all the tools to burn with? The GFC has two … Continue Reading →

Georgia’s Conservation Woodland Program

By Alexandra Ford | GFC Forester & Stewardship Specialist Georgia is well known for its timberland and forest industry. Unfortunately, for a lot of landowners within the state, their property may be overlooked and undermanaged because it measures 20 acres or fewer. No matter how much forestland you have, every bit of it matters to … Continue Reading →

The Timber Harvest Notification Website is Live!

We’re off and running! The Timber Harvest Notification (THN) website, housed on the Georgia Forestry Commission’s site at, has been activated. What exactly does it do? It gives timber harvesters a uniform format for providing counties or cities that require harvest notification the information they need. Information such as harvest site location, public road … Continue Reading →

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 →