Southern Pine Beetles

The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB), Dendroctonus frontalis, is not much bigger than an eye gnat (Figure 1). It attacks and kills all species of southern yellow pines in Georgia, including white pines. Trees are killed when beetles construct winding S-shaped egg galleries underneath the bark (Figure 2). These galleries effectively girdle the tree and destroy … Continue Reading →

Asian Longhorned Beetle Found in SC

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 →

GFC Seedling Sales Open!

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 →

Caring for Trees in Summer

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 →

SPB and Invasive Plant Control cost share programs open for applications

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 →

GFC’s Stance on Burning during the COVID-19 Pandemic (4/9/2020)

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. Since COVID-19 hit the scene in Georgia, GFC has been researching whether smoke from all permitted sources, … Continue Reading →

#SpringIntoAction with GFC!

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 →

GFC and COVID-19

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. Safety. Flexibility. Service. Those are the themes we’re embracing at the Georgia Forestry Commission during this extraordinary … Continue Reading →

Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project: Hurricane Michael Relief Package

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 →