Georgia Census 2020

Georgia is counting down to a very important deadline and your input is needed! By responding to the US Census 2020 by September 30, you will help determine how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed. The #census is used to calculate the number of representatives each state has in Congress and how much … Continue Reading →

GFC Seeking Director/State Forester

Georgia’s 25 million acres of forestland are a natural wonder. They are also an enormous responsibility for the many people who own, manage and enjoy them for the multitude of benefits they provide. The Georgia Forestry Commission has a rare opportunity for an individual to lead the agency as it takes on the challenges of … Continue Reading →

Gary White Named GFC Interim Director

Georgia Forestry Commission Deputy Director Gary White has been appointed to the post of Interim Director for the agency. Governor Brian Kemp requested White assume the role of State Forester, following the departure of the ag ency’s former director. A search committee has been established by the GFC Board of Directors (BOD) to identify the … Continue Reading →

GFC’s Stance on Respect and Discrimination

Recently, the Georgia Forestry Commission became aware of a serious situation in which one of our employees made an inappropriate and insensitive comment on a personal Facebook post. The comment reflected poorly on the agency and inquiries from the public received our immediate attention. Balancing the rights of individuals to express their thoughts with the … Continue Reading →

Ransomware Attack Impacting GFC Online Services

For customers who may need to reach out to GFC for burn permits or service requests, please contact us by telephone for prompt attention. Georgia’s state cybersecurity team is investigating an online security breach at our agency. No customer information has been compromised at this time, and the team is working diligently to resolve the … Continue Reading →

Get Ready for Summer with Post-Storm Tree Assessments

With all the recent severe weather activity throughout the Southeast, it’s important to assess how your trees weathered the storms. Often a home or business owner’s focus is on cleaning up vegetative debris on the ground, but it is prudent to look up and monitor the structural condition of your trees after any storm event. … Continue Reading →

GFC and COVID-19: 5/21/20 Update

Safety, flexibility and service continue to be our watchwords at GFC, where we are analyzing “next steps” for our agency that comply with Governor Brian Kemp’s most recent Executive Order. The directive stipulates that our agency follows guidance from the Department of Administrative Services for the reopening of state offices. It is our intention to … Continue Reading →

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

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 →

Forestry Considered Critical Workforce Under “Shelter in Place” Executive Order

This article was published by our friends and partners, the Georgia Forestry Association. For more information, visit www.gfagrow.org/covid-19. On April 2, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order, which instated a statewide “shelter in place” order in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Georgia Forestry Association has prepared an issue … Continue Reading →

Prescribed Fire and COVID-19

During the #COVID19 pandemic, it is imperative that prescribed fire practitioners statewide exercise heightened judgement about smoke management. GFC is communicating with Georgia’s air quality regulators and with Governor Kemp’s office about how forestry and prescribed fire can minimize any potential air quality issues. While those discussions continue, our request of anyone considering a burn … Continue Reading →