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 in the year of our agency’s centennial,” said Georgia Forestry Commission Board Chairman Larry Spillers. “Tim is a UGA grad who began his career as a forester at GFC. Since then he has held a number of leadership positions with a diverse group of public and private forest industry partners. He will be instrumental in setting the tone for 2021 and guiding GFC into the next 100 years.”

Lowrimore is a registered forester with the Georgia Board of Foresters who has more than 20 years of forestry and professional experience. Most recently, he served as public affairs manager for Interfor, one of the largest lumber producers in the world. There, he worked with all levels of government regulatory agencies and community and economic development officials to promote and protect operations and sustainability initiatives. Lowrimore was a senior account executive at Davis-Garvin Insurance Agency, servicing a national portfolio of forestry business; Resource Manager of Eastern Forest Resources at Rayonier; Director of Forest Policy at the Georgia Forestry Association and senior forester at the GFC.

Lowrimore has served several professional organizations and has been recognized for numerous achievements. He is current chairman of the Georgia Paper and Forest Products Association and was treasurer for two years. He is a Society of American Foresters Fellow who served on its National Policy Committee for four years, Georgia Forestry Association member, and was Chairman of the Georgia Forestry Foundation in 2016. Lowrimore was Southeastern Division Chairman of the Society of American Foresters in 2014, its Georgia State Chair in 2009 and its Ocmulgee Chapter Chair in 2005. He has also served on the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources’ Deans Advisory Committee, and is a UGA Warnell Jay Hole Society member and past chair.

Lowrimore and his wife, Wendi, have two daughters. The family lives in Macon.

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11 thoughts on “Georgia Forestry Commission Director Named by Governor Kemp

  1. Congratulations. We live in Macon also. My grandfather Georfe Peake Sr. and father worked with Georgia Timberlands, Forest Farms, Pineland, and many more. My brothers and I are principals in Tinkey Timberlands.

  2. Congratulations, Tim. You are a perfect fit for this position and I look forward to working with you. Thank you for your leadership at Forest Resources Association and your ongoing work to strengthen the forest products industry! We wish you the very best.

  3. Congratulations Tim! I wish you and your family the best in the next chapter. Thankful Mr. Kemp recognized a true asset to the State of Georgia and the experience you bring for this role.

  4. Congratulations!
    My father, Jim Turner, was Chief of Fire Control at the GFC for many years. We treasure those memories!!

  5. I own 300 acres in Extreme NW Georgia on very difficult terrain. We have both hardwood and pine stands. Ranger Carnell Bryant, Chief Ranger Mike Brunson, and Ranger Fletcher Davis came out today (a Saturday) and comprehensively burned our land in 3 hours. I would like to sincerely thank the Chattooga County Unit. All three of these gentleman were off their ATVs many times and working with rakes. Mr. Bryant surveyed the entire property before hand even making sure that plastic drain pipes along farm access road were free of fuel that could melt them. Even chief Ranger Brunson was working diligently on foot to fight fires at the base of large hardwoods and short leaf pines. What a professional and hardworking unit. Thanks again, Ben Brown, Morningstar Conservation LLC.

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