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 →

High-flying Tools for Fire – and More!

High-flying Tools for Fire – and More! By RT Lumpkin, GFC Prescribed Burn Center Coordinator Science and technology are critical tools utilized daily by the Georgia Forestry Commission. One such tool we are strategically moving forward with is UAS – Unmanned Aerial Systems. More commonly known as drones, they provide a unique opportunity to complete … Continue Reading →

A Note from GFC’s New Deputy Director

GFC Family and Friends, It is truly my pleasure to be serving you as Deputy Director as we promote forestry and protect Georgia’s natural resources, both through a stewardship ethic and protection from wildfires. I would also be remiss if I did not start by thanking Tim Lowrimore, the GFC Board of Directors, those who … Continue Reading →

Here comes summer – your trees are getting thirsty!

By Seth Hawkins, GFC Urban Forest Specialist Now that planting season has ended, springtime is delivering longer days and warmer temperatures. Trees are waking up for the growing season and their water needs are also waking up. It’s time to start a watering regimen for trees that were planted this or last planting season. So, how much supplemental … 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 →

Guest Blog – McIntosh SEED

GUEST BLOG – McIntosh SEED Written by: Tyrah Ward Littles, Outreach Manager When we ask the question, “How much land do you think you own,” many African American landowners are uncertain, especially with land that has been passed down through generations without a clear title. And often, these landowners lack access to the services of a … Continue Reading →

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 →