Crawford County Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Wildfires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 3, 2021 A Crawford County man has plead guilty to three counts of arson of lands in the third degree and has been sentenced to 15 years’ probation, $4,500 in fines, plus restitution. Georgia Forestry Commission Law Enforcement Officers charged Matthew DeFore with six counts of arson of lands December 2015, … Continue Reading →

North Georgia Burn Ban Helps Boost Air Quality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 28, 2021 On May 1, a ban on outdoor burning begins 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 during the hot summer months because smoke can negatively impact the state’s air quality by … Continue Reading →

March Tornado Timber Damage Totals Nearly $3 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 27, 2021 A new Georgia Forestry Commission report details damage left behind by an EF-4 tornado that tore through Newnan, Georgia, and surrounding areas in late March. The GFC Timber Impact Assessment of the Heard and Coweta Counties’ tornado reports a total of 4,745 acres of timber damaged, with a total … Continue Reading →

Outstanding Employees Honored at Georgia Forestry Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 26, 2021 The Georgia Forestry Commission has named the State Lands Timber Sales group its 2020 Forest Management Team of the Year. Timber Sales is one of 12 GFC teams that guides forest landowners in the growth, health and conservation of Georgia’s valuable forest resources. “Each division in this agency is … Continue Reading →

Legislature Marks Forest Agency’s Centennial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 8, 2021 The Georgia Forestry Commission is marking an important milestone – its 100th year of service to Georgia. Forests make up 24 million acres, or 75 percent, of the State of Georgia, and the Georgia General Assembly recently passed a resolution recognizing the agency for its centennial and its role … Continue Reading →

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 →