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 →

Arbor Day Celebrated Across Georgia in February

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2020 Tree plantings and commemorative events are taking place across the state this month, as communities mark Georgia’s Arbor Day 2020. Governor Brian Kemp signed a proclamation declaring Friday, February 21, Arbor Day in Georgia, which is always celebrated on the third Friday in February. Arbor Day is observed nationally … Continue Reading →

Forest Industry Continues to Boost Georgia’s Economy

A new report shows Georgia’s forest industry continues to deliver strong results for the state’s economy. The report shows the top three employment regions in Georgia for forestry related jobs are Atlanta, Southern Georgia, and Coastal Georgia. These areas account for almost half of the forestry related jobs in the state.

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 →

Forestry Continues to Boost State’s Economy

Georgia’s forest industry continues to fuel the state’s economic engine. According to a new report, in 2017, increases were recorded in the number of jobs, net state revenue, and output – the total revenue generated by the industry. Statistics documented in “2017 Economic Benefits of the Forest Industry in Georgia, 2017,” from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institution, detail advances made in categories across the board.

Campaign Shares Health Benefits of Trees

The many health benefits linked to trees are being shared through a new campaign called “Healthy Trees – Healthy Lives.” According to a compilation of significant research, trees have a positive impact on human health, and the Healthy Trees campaign details the numerous benefits in a captivating and easy to apply style.

Georgia to Celebrate Trees’ Many Benefits on Arbor Day

Citizens across the state are observing Georgia’s Arbor Day this month to celebrate the many benefits of trees. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp acknowledged the occasion by signing a proclamation and meeting with forestry representatives at the state capitol this week.

Appreciating “Good Fire” in the Forest

The many benefits of fire on Georgia forestland are being recognized February 3-9 during “Prescribed Fire Awareness Week.” Prescribed fire is known as “good fire,” because it is carefully applied to forest vegetation under specific weather conditions to advance defined forest management objectives.

Help at Hand for Michael-Struck GA Landowners

Emergency assistance for landowners impacted by Hurricane Michael is being rolled out by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Aid approved by the Georgia Legislature in November includes $20 million for debris cleanup in areas where the storm decimated millions of acres of forestland and tree orchards.