In early June 2020, a homeowner near the town of Hollywood, SC, close to the coast, found an odd looking beetle, which was sent it to Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) for identification. Agents from the DPI identified the beetle as the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis). A preliminary survey of the … Continue Reading →
The calendar may say summer, but we’re already thinking about the cool winter planting season ahead! Georgia Forestry Commission seedling sales begin today, July 1, so it’s time to peruse our online catalog at GaSeedlings.org and note your favorites. You’ll be glad to see that prices have not changed since last season. Don’t forget that … Continue Reading →
Keeping trees healthy is a year ’round responsibility. Whether your focus is on the back yard or the “back 40,” the Georgia Forestry Commission has a wealth of resources to help you cultivate the best growing conditions possible. GFC’s recently redesigned website contains an abundant array of fact sheets, videos, multi-media presentations, websites and contacts … Continue Reading →
Applications are being accepted now for two cost share programs for landowners seeking assistance with forest health issues. One program targets pests and the other targets invasive plants. For details, click the links included in these program summaries: Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Cost Share Program Open for Applications The purpose of the SPB cost share … Continue Reading →
Since COVID-19 hit the scene in Georgia, GFC has been researching whether smoke from all permitted sources, including prescribed fire, has a defined impact on COVID-19 transmission, complications or severity. We have been in ongoing communication on this issue with Georgia’s air quality regulators, the Environmental Protection Division of DNR, and with Governor Kemp’s office. … Continue Reading →
Springtime in Georgia is always a sight to behold – even, and especially – in these challenging times. Whether enjoying the outdoor splendor an acceptable social distance from other humans, or just peering out the living room window, nature’s finest is on full display right now. Let’s capture these memorable moments together! What are you … Continue Reading →
Safety. Flexibility. Service. Those are the themes we’re embracing at the Georgia Forestry Commission during this extraordinary time. While COVID-19 directives have temporarily altered the way we’re working, fulfilling our mission to you and the state of Georgia remains unchanged. Our primary concern is for the safety of our customers and staff. Like you, we … Continue Reading →
Forest landowners who have been approved for post-Hurricane Michael cleanup assistance through a special state program have been given a bit longer for the work to be completed.
On November 18, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 1EX, which provides emergency disaster relief assistance for cleanup efforts for timberland owners as well as emergency funding for state agencies and local governments in areas heaviest impacted by Hurricane Michael, and HB 4EX, which creates a tax credit for timber growers in the 28 counties included … Continue Reading →
A tract of land in Dawson County will soon be growing some distinctive trees whose seeds will benefit Georgia for decades to come. The Georgia Forestry Commission has planted 60 specially-grafted shortleaf pines and 70 Virginia pines on a 2.5-acre site adjacent to its office on Highway 53.