North GA Burn Ban to be Lifted October 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 The summer ban on outdoor burning in 54 northern Georgia counties will be lifted on  October 1, 2022. The annual restrictions are imposed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division from May 1 through the end of September to protect air quality from emissions that may increase ground level ozone … Continue Reading →

GFC Launches Weekly Fall Foliage Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 The fall foliage season in Georgia begins soon and the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is ready with valuable tips for leaf peepers! Beginning on Thursday, September 29 and continuing through early November, GFC foresters will provide weekly updates on tree species color changes, the effect of current weather, and … Continue Reading →

Berrien County Woods Arson Suspect Jailed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 16, 2022 A Berrien County man is in jail without bond following his arrest on numerous charges of woods arson and endangering human life. Christopher Michael Brown, 37, is facing 55 charges in connection with 13 intentionally set fires that burned 13.7 acres and threatened the lives of local and state … Continue Reading →

Wildfire Risk High as July Fourth Holiday Approaches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 1, 2022 High temperatures and lack of widespread significant rainfall are prompting new safety warnings for the upcoming July Fourth holiday. As drought conditions continue to build throughout Georgia, the Georgia Forestry Commission is reminding residents about the increasing risk of wildfire. “We need everybody’s help in keeping our communities and … Continue Reading →

North Georgia Burn Ban Boosts Air Quality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 26, 2022 On May 1, an outdoor burn ban will begin in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. Affected residents are asked to refrain from burning yard and land clearing debris, whose smoke can negatively impact the state’s air quality during the hot summer months by … Continue Reading →

Special Committee Tackles Carbon Credit Tracking in Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 21, 2022 Georgia is taking steps to ensure the emerging sustainable development carbon market is open to the state’s forests. A special technical advisory committee has been seated to help build Georgia’s Sustainable Development Carbon Registry. The action will supplement Georgia’s existing voluntary Carbon Registry by tracking the amount of carbon … Continue Reading →

Summer Camp Openings for Nature-Loving Middle Schoolers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 20, 2022 A limited number of openings remain for one of Georgia’s “best-kept secret” summer camps – which also happens to be FREE! The Billy Lancaster Forestry Youth Camp for rising seventh and eighth-graders will be held July 10-14 at the FFA/Family Career and Community Leaders of America facility on Lake … Continue Reading →

Bloom-time BOLO for Invasive Weed in Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 12, 2022 Local landscapes come alive in springtime with beautiful buds, sprouts, and flowers. Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) forest health specialists are requesting, however, we “be on the lookout,” for an invasive weed disguised as an attractive, wispy grass that’s especially visible in April. “Cogongrass is classified as one of the … Continue Reading →

Prevention Tactics Shared as Fire Danger Rises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 4, 2022 A special team from the Georgia Forestry Commission will be canvassing the southwest portion of Georgia and working with adjacent states the week of April 3, spreading the word about fire danger. The current weather outlook for the next couple of months is indicating dry conditions and a potential … Continue Reading →

High Fire Danger Prompts Outdoor Burning Warnings this Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 25, 2022 A National Weather Service special alert has prompted the Georgia Forestry Commission to prepare for the elevated threat of wildfires by discouraging outdoor burning this weekend. Burning permits may also be temporarily suspended in certain areas until conditions change. “Most of Georgia has been placed under a fire weather … Continue Reading →