Local Forest Ranger Receives Fire Prevention Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 2, 2021 A member of the Georgia Forestry Commission’s North Georgia Forest Protection team has been selected to receive a prestigious award recognizing outstanding work to prevent wildfire. Anthony English, Georgia Forestry Commission Wildland Urban Interface Specialist, of Cornelia, GA has won the Robert E. Browning award for 2019 in Georgia. … Continue Reading →

New Report Shows Continued Growth for Forestry in Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 22, 2021 The forest industry continued to be a powerful economic driver for Georgia in 2019. A recently released report from Georgia Tech shows more than $36.5 billion in total sales for the industry, supporting more than 141,000 jobs. It was the ninth consecutive year for job growth in the industry, … Continue Reading →

Georgia Forestry Commission Director Named by Governor Kemp

Governor Brian Kemp has appointed Georgia forestry veteran Timothy M. Lowrimore to serve as state forester and director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. Following a swearing-in ceremony on December 21 at the state capitol, Lowrimore will assume his new duties on January 16, 2021. “It is especially fitting that Tim Lowrimore rejoins the GFC family … Continue Reading →

Georgia Forestry Commission Says Now is the Time to Order and Plant Trees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 1, 2020 Georgia’s tree planting season is well underway, along with brisk seedling sales by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Buyers have been busy choosing popular hardwood and pine selections, and supplies are beginning to diminish. Genetically improved loblolly and slash pine seedlings remain in stock and available to landowners at attractive … Continue Reading →

Local Forester Named GFC 2020 Forester of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 2, 2020 The Georgia Forestry Commission has named Region 4 Field Forester Stephen Martin, as the agency’s 2020 Forester of the Year. The prestigious award is given annually to a GFC Forest Management professional whose outstanding performance advances GFC’s mission to provide leadership, service, and education in the protection and conservation of … Continue Reading →

North Georgia Outdoor Burn Ban Ends September 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning will end September 30 in 54 counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. From May 1 through the end of September, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division mandates the restrictions to protect air quality from emissions that may increase ground level ozone. … Continue Reading →

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 →

Virtual Meeting Brings Together Prescribed Fire Proponents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council will showcase fresh perspectives, national decision-makers, the latest wildland fire research and much more during its 2020 annual meeting on Wednesday, September 30, from 10 AM – 3 PM. All elements of the online gathering are designed to promote stronger relationships and increased knowledge … Continue Reading →

Hurricane Cleanup Deadlines at Hand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 2, 2020 The deadline is fast approaching for approved landowners impacted by Hurricane Michael to complete their state funded cleanup work and to submit documentation for reimbursement. The Forest Debris Management Program (FDMP) made $20 million in cleanup funds available through contract work facilitated by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the … Continue Reading →

Law Enforcement Warns About Fake Burn Permitting Scam

The Georgia Forestry Commission is warning landowners to beware of an internet scam purporting to issue burn permits. The only way to secure a legal burn permit in Georgia is to get one online at GaTrees.org, by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN or by contacting a local office of the GFC. In some cases, a burn permit may … Continue Reading →