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 →

#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

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 →

Outstanding GFC Employees Honored by State Legislators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2020 The Georgia Forestry Commission has named its outstanding groups of employees for 2019, and last week they were recognized at the state capitol. “We’re honored that our ‘best of the best’ had an opportunity to be congratulated in the Georgia House and Senate and by Governor Brian Kemp,” said … Continue Reading →

Wildfires on the Rise in Georgia


Hot temperatures and low rainfall are pushing up wildfire activity in Georgia. The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging people to be extremely cautious about the use of fire outdoors, especially with campfires and outdoor cooking devices.

Forestry Education Tools at Hand Through New Websites

Georgia’s educators and the learning community have enhanced access to forestry and natural resource materials through a new web portal. The Georgia Project Learning Tree and Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop programs are now being administered by the Georgia Forestry Commission, giving teachers a wealth of study tools and hands-on learning opportunities that enrich students’ environmental awareness.

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) in Georgia

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) was first reported in 1995 in central coastal California. Since then, tens of thousands of tanoaks (Lithocarpus densiflorus), coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia), and California black oaks (Quercus kelloggii) have been killed by the fungus, Phytophthora ramorum. On these hosts, the fungus causes a bleeding canker on the main stem of … Continue Reading →