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 →

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 →

GA Forestry Report: April Tornadoes Cause $3 Million+ In Damages

GA Forestry Report: April Tornadoes Cause $3 Million+ in Damages The Georgia Forestry Commission has released its assessment of damage to timberland and rural trees following a series of tornadoes on April 12 and 13. A total of 30 tornadoes produced an estimated $3,692,960 in timber damage across 5,218 acres in 31 Georgia counties. The … Continue Reading →

Georgia Burn Ban Begins May 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 30, 2020 Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 47 counties. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months, when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks. For seven counties that are normally included in the summer burn ban, … 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 →

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 →