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TitleDescriptionDocument Type
2004 Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data
Area Fire Weather ForecastDaily forecasts with NFDRS Ratings and State-wide Fire Danger RatingsExternal Website
Casualty Loss and Involuntary Conversion Applicable for Timberland OwnersA review of some of the Internal Revenue Service rules, regulations and or Revenue Rulings pertaining to Casualty Losses.PDF
Cogongrass Eradication AgreementForm for landowners to submit for assistance with cogongrass eradication.PDF
Cogongrass Eradication StrategiesGFC began treating cogongrass in 2007 and has developed several methods to combat the problem.PDF
Cogongrass in Georgia14 minute Youtube video descriving cogongrass and its impact in GeorgiaVideo
Cogongrass in Georgia PSA30 second Youtube video advising Georgians to be on the look out for cogongrassVideo
Cogongrass.orgComprehensive information on cogongrass in Georgia along with links to other southeastern state efforts on cogongrassExternal Website
Consulting Foresters ListThis application allows you to search for consulting foresters that cover the state of Georgia. These professionals are registered foresters within the state and have personally requested to be added to GFC's database.External Website
Consulting Foresters ListThis application allows you to search for consulting foresters that cover the state of Georgia. These professionals are registered foresters within the state and have personally requested to be added to GFC's database.External Website
Cooperative ForestryThe Cooperative Forestry unit of the USDA Forest Service works closely with partners to enhance and maintain forests across watersheds and ecosystems, both on private and public land, for the benefits they provide to the American people. Cooperative Forestry delivers its work through states, local governments, other federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and other partners leveraging additional resources and fueling innovation.External Website
Cost Share & Incentive ProgramsLearn about Cost-share and conservation assistance through federal and state programs.Page on GFC Website
Cost Share & Incentive ProgramsSeveral federal, state, local and private cost sharing and incentive programs are available to help you meet your forestry management goals. Review programs.Page on GFC Website
Current Fire Danger RatingDaily updated information on current fire dangers across the stateExternal Website
Daily Fire Danger Rating MapDaily updates of fire risks across GeorgiaExternal Website
Debris Burning Safe Practices – EnglishBest practices to prevent injury and damage when burningPDF
Debris Burning Safe Practices – EspañolMejores prácticas para evitar lesiones y daños al quemarPDF
Disaster Resource CenterThe USDA Disaster Resource Center offers information about specific disasters and emergencies, how to prepare, recover, and help build long-term resilience, as well as information about USDA assistance during disaster events.External Website
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Rules & RegulationsEAB Rules and Regulations from the State of GeorgiaExternal Website
EmeraldAshBorer.infoWebsite formed through a multinational effort to provide the latest information about the emerald ash borer (EAB)External Website
EPA Office of Air and RadiationInformation for the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), which oversees policies and protections for air quality and radiation exposureExternal Website
Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What will become of your timberland?The purpose of this book is to provide guidelines and assistance to nonindustrial private forest owners and the legal, tax, financial, insurance, and forestry professionals who serve them on the application of estate planning techniques to forest properties.External Website
Federal Clean Air ActOverview of the Clean Air Act and corresponding protections and actions by the EPAExternal Website
FEMA Disaster Declaration MapView GA Map of disaster declaration by FEMA.PDF
Fine Fuel Moisture TableA close estimate of the fine dead fuel moisture (FDFM) on your burn unit any time a FDFM reading is desiredPDF
Fire Danger RatingGraphic data from statewide fire danger weather stations External Website
Fire Weather ForecastCurrent Fire Weather Forecasts and current National Fire Danger Ratings by GFC AreasExternal Website
Firewise USA®A program that teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together to prevent lossesExternal Website
Forecast Fire Danger GraphDaily updates for 24-hour fire danger forecastExternal Website
Forest HealthA healthy forest is a working forest. They work to filter our water, clean our air, and provide homes for wildlife and peaceful spaces for us to enjoy. Learn more about healthy forests.Page on GFC Website
Forest Management PlanA forest management plan is the roadmap to a healthy forest. Landowners have diverse goals for their forested land. Explore the benefits of creating a forest management plan.Page on GFC Website
Forest Product Sales Contract for Lump Sum Sales SampleSample contract agreement for private landowners selling trees, timber or wood by lump sum.PDF
Forest Product Sales Contract for Per-unit Sales SampleSample contract agreement for private landowners selling trees, timber or wood by unit.PDF
Georgia EPDContact information and resources for the state's Environmental Protection Division (EPD)External Website
Georgia EPD Open Burning RulesOverview of permissible and impermissible open burning practices External Website
Georgia Forestry LawsGFC is not liable for the distribution of out-of-date material. This document is not legal advice and cannot replace legal advice. Current Georgia Statutes are maintained by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, and can be accessed through their website. PDF
Georgia Forestry MagazineGeorgia Forestry Magazine is published by HL Strategy in partnership with the Georgia Forestry Association and Georgia Forestry Commission. Together we are focused on telling the story of Georgia's working forests, the landowners and producers who steward the land, and the manufacturers who are promoting innovative uses of wood. External Website
Georgia Prescribed Burn LawsPrescribed Burn Laws from the Official Code of Georgia, Section 12-6-90 and Sections 12-6-145 through 12-6-149External Website
Georgia Prescribed Fire CouncilCouncil for prescribed fire advocacy across the stateExternal Website
Georgia Water PlanningGeorgia manages water resources in a sustainable manner to support the state's economy, to protect public health and natural systems, and to enhance the quality of life for all citizens.External Website
Georgia’s Best Management Practices for Forestry ManualThe purpose of this manual is to inform landowners, foresters, timber buyers, loggers, site preparation and reforestation contractors, and others involved with silvicultural operations about common-sense, economical and effective practices to minimize non-point source pollution (soil erosion and stream sedimentation) and thermal pollution. These minimum practices are called BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES and are commonly referred to as BMPs. PDF
Hazards of the ForestForesters and others who work outside and those who enjoy being in the outdoors are often confronted with hazards that can cause sickness, injury, or death. This booklet provides a brief description of those hazards to help you avoid an unpleasant encounter.PDF
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) Control OptionsHWA is a very destructive pest of eastern and Carolina hemlock trees. Once the adelgid is found in your area, it is time to think about control options.PDF
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in Georgia Fact SheetHWA is a serious pest of hemlock trees in Georgia. The aphid-like insect feeds on eastern and Carolina hemlock trees, eventually resulting in tree mortality. The very existence of the eastern and Carolina hemlock species is greatly threatened by HWA. PDF
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Management in Georgia (2019)Guidelines for addressing infestation of hemlock woolly adelgid pests.PDF
Hidden Hazards of Backyard BurningImportant information about the illegal practice of burning household wastePDF
Hidden Hazards of Backyard Burning (Español)Peligros ocultos de la quema del patio trasero. En Georgia, es ilegal quemar la basura que generamos en nuestros hogares.PDF
House Bill 7902014 bill authorizing GFC Forestry Investigators to enforce laws related to the protection, security, conservation, and sale of forest resources. PDF
Hurricane Michael – Farm Recovery Block Grant Eligibility MapMap of 95 counties eligible for the Recovery Block Grant program.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Farm Recovery Block GrantsThe Georgia Department of Agriculture will accept online applications for the $347 million in block grant funds beginning March 18, 2020. Georgia farmers and forest landowners in 95 eligible counties, who suffered losses to beef, dairy, fruit and vegetable, pecan, poultry, timber, and uninsured infrastructure can enroll. The federal block grants seek to help recover losses not covered under existing USDA Farm Service Agency programs. Only online applications will be accepted. All applications must be completed and submitted by April 8, 2020.External Website
Hurricane Michael – Farm Recovery Block Grants – Press ReleaseDescription of the Farm Recovery Block Grant program.PDF
Hurricane Michael – FEMA Disaster MapMap of counties in Georgia declared disaster areas for FEMA assistance following Hurricane Michael.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Forest Landowner Relief Program Meeting (Bainbridge Part 1)Video 1 of 5 - Video footage of Bainbridge Meeting, 01/23/19 (broken into five sections)External Website
Hurricane Michael – Forest Landowner Relief Program Meeting (Bainbridge Part 2)Video 2 of 5 - Video footage of Bainbridge Meeting, 01/23/19 (broken into five sections)External Website
Hurricane Michael – Forest Landowner Relief Program Meeting (Bainbridge Part 3)Video 3 of 5 - Video footage of Bainbridge Meeting, 01/23/19 (broken into five sections)External Website
Hurricane Michael – Forest Landowner Relief Program Meeting (Bainbridge Part 4)Video 4 of 5 - Video footage of Bainbridge Meeting, 01/23/19 (broken into five sections)External Website
Hurricane Michael – Forest Landowner Relief Program Meeting (Bainbridge Part 5)Video 5 of 5 - Video footage of Bainbridge Meeting, 01/23/19 (broken into five sections)External Website
Hurricane Michael – Forest Landowner Relief Program Meeting (Colquitt Part 1)Video 1 of 3 - Video footage of Colquitt Meeting, 01/23/19 (broken into three sections)External Website
Hurricane Michael – Forest Landowner Relief Program Meeting (Colquitt Part 2)Video 2 of 3 - Video footage of Colquitt Meeting, 01/23/19 (broken into three sections)External Website
Hurricane Michael – Forest Landowner Relief Program Meeting (Colquitt Part 3)Video 3 of 3 - Video footage of Colquitt Meeting, 01/23/19 (broken into three sections)External Website
Hurricane Michael – Georgia State Timber Tax Credit Replant and Restoration GuidelineTax credits can only be claimed in the taxable year in which the taxpayer first completes:
1. Replanting of timber and/or 2. Restoration of timber
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Hurricane Michael – Georgia Timber Tax Credit: Answers to Frequently Asked QuestionsLearn more about Hurricane Michael tax credit and who is eligible.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Georgia Timber Tax ProgramPresentation from Scott Griffin, GFC's Forest Management Chief.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Georgia Timber Tax Program – General Eligibility RequirementsIn November of 2018, the Georgia General Assembly enacted House Bill 4EX. This bill allows eligible taxpayers to apply for a Timber Tax Credit to assist in offsetting the substantial economic losses incurred during Hurricane Michael. This document outlines general eligibility requirements and guidelines.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Map of 28 GA Counties in declared state of emergencyMap of counties declared to be in a state of emergency following Hurricane Michael.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Resources for Impacted Forest LandownersPress release about resource available to landowners impacted by Hurricane Michael.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Timber Casualty Losses and Involuntary ConversionView presentation from Yanshu Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Forest Taxation and Economics.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Timber Tax Credit Application InstructionsA taxpayer seeking pre-approval for the Timber Tax Credit, must apply electronically through Georgia Tax Center. Get instructions.PDF
Hurricane Michael – Timber Tax Credit Program Press ReleaseIn November of 2018, the Georgia General Assembly enacted House Bill 4EX. This bill allows eligible taxpayers to apply for a Timber Tax Credit to assist in offsetting the substantial economic losses incurred during Hurricane Michael.PDF
Hurricane Michael Forest Access Road and Firebreak Debris Clearing ProgramThe Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) has established procedures for landowners seeking assistance with debris clearing and restoration of pre-existing forest roads and firebreaks. PDF
Hurricane Michael Timber Impact AssessmentThis survey examined landscape‐level impacts and classified them accordingly. PDF
Identifying Cogongrass (Field Guide)Helpful tips for identifying invasive cogongrass.PDF
Insecticide Applicators and Vendors for Hemlock Woolly AdelgidsGet help with Hemlock Woolly Adelgids. View list of vendors.Page on GFC Website
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)The IRS is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.External Website
Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern EcosystemsHelpful resource for managers to plan and execute prescribed burns in Southern forests and grasslandsPDF
Learn, Plan, ActGFC and the Southern Group of State Foresters launched “Learn, Plan, Act” as a way to promote sound forest management practices and provide helpful educational materials, guidance and other resources to Georgia landowners.External Website
Management PlansA forest management plan is the roadmap to a healthy forest. There are many reasons why it is helpful to have a forest management plan for your property. Find out how to develop a plan.Page on GFC Website
Managing Storm Damaged Trees: Do’s and Don’tsCheck out this resource for the Do's and Don'ts on how to manage damaged trees from a storm. Includes: how to hire a professional for clean up, chainsaw safety, pruning and maintenance for damaged trees and more.PDF
Map of 28 Counties Declared Under State of EmergencyView GA Map of counties declared under State of Emergency EO under Hurricane Michael.PDF
National Timber Tax WebsiteA reference source for timberland landowners; also for accountants, attorneys, consulting foresters and other professionals who work with timberland owners regarding the tax treatment of timber related activities.External Website
Optimized Insecticide Dosage for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid – Infestation MapOverview map for hemlock woolly adelgid treatment areas.PDF
Optimized Insecticide Dosage for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control in Hemlock TreesImportant dosage information when treating for hemlock woolly adelgid.PDF
Optimized Insecticide Dosage for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Georgia (brochure)Important dosage information for treating infestations of hemlock woolly adelgid.PDF
Ordering Tree SeedlingsGFC offers a wide variety of pine and hardwood seedlings. We cater to small, private, non-industrial landowners and we serve thousands of customers in that capacity. Seedlings are available in small or large quantities and we offer varieties suitable for all environments in Georgia. Page on GFC Website
Pine Bark Beetles in Urban AreasHelpful information about managing pine bark beetle infestations in an urban environment.PDF
Pine Bark Beetles in Urban Areas BrochureOverview information regarding pine bark beetles in the urban environment.PDF
Pre-suppression Firebreak PlowingThe GFC provides the service of plowing pre-suppression firebreaks to landowners.Page on GFC Website
Prescribed BurningAssistance with prescribed burning, including firebreak installation, burn plan development and assistance carrying out a burnPage on GFC Website
Prescribed Burning BrochureOverview of best practices for preparing a prescribed burn planPDF
Prescribed Burning ManagementAssistance with prescribed burning, including firebreak installation, burn plan development and assistance carrying out a burn.Page on GFC Website
Prescribed Fire – Sprewell Bluff Natural AreaOverview of a prescribed fire near Thomaston, GA conducted by members of an inter-agency burn teamVideo
Prescribed Fire in Georgia – A Strategic Plan 2008-2020Helpful resource for detailed information on prescribed burningPDF
Public Wildfire Risk Assessment PortalA consistent, comparable set of scientific results to be used as a foundation for wildfire mitigation and prevention planning in the Southern statesExternal Website
Safety First For Landowners Burning DebrisThis video provides helpful tips for safely burning debris.Video
Selling Your Timber (Webinar – .wmv file)Video
Sirex Woodwasp – U.S. Forest Service
Smoke Management PlanGeorgia's basic procedures and requirements for managing smoke from prescribed burnsPDF
Soil Injector Loan Program for Hemlock Woolly AdelgidSoil injectors are provided by the Georgia Forestry Commission to aid those interested in treating their own trees. The injectors are loaned out free of charge but a $250 deposit is required.Page on GFC Website
Southern Pine Bark Beetle Brochure
Southern Pine Bark Beetle Brochure (2013)Overview information regarding pine bark beetles.PDF
Southern Pine Bark Beetle Coloring Book
Southern Pine Beetle – Biology, Prevention, and Restoration
Southern Pine Beetle County Hazard Rating Maps
Southern Regional Extension Forestry – Hemlock Woolly AdelgidOverview info and resource documents for the hemlock woolly adelgid, originally from Asia, which was first discovered in the eastern U.S. in the 1950’s. It has since spread throughout the range of hemlock in the East, and caused extensive mortality of mature hemlock – especially in the Appalachian Mountains.External Website
SuddenOakDeath.orgThe information below provides both quick answers to general questions about Sudden Oak Death, as well as more in-depth information.
Tax Tips for Forest LandownersThis is a collection of documents published by the Forest Service. It includes previous versions of the "Annual Tax Tips for Forest Landowners" as well as other publications related to the tax treatment of timber and timberland.External Website
Timber Security Law Fact SheetOverview of enforceable laws for harvesting of timber and forest resources in the state of GeorgiaPDF
Timber Tax Credit programMore information about the Timber Tax Credit program from the Department of Revenue.External Website
Trees & Storm SafetyDuring a storm, trees are at risk and can cause significant damage to infrastructure and personal property. A storm mitigation plan keeps citizens safe and protects valuable urban forest canopy in the event of a natural disaster.Page on GFC Website
U.S. Forest Service – Hemlock Woolly AdelgidOverview information for management of HWA invasive insectsExternal Website
USDA Forest Service – Cooperative ForestryThe Cooperative Forestry unit of the USDA Forest Service works closely with partners to enhance and maintain forests across watersheds and ecosystems, both on private and public land, for the benefits they provide to the American people.External Website
Water Quality Area MapThe state is divided into five regions to ensure the best management of water controls.PDF
Wildfire Risk Assessment PortalTool to provide a consistent, comparable set of scientific results to be used as a foundation for wildfire mitigation and prevention planningExternal Website
YHC – Hemlock ProjectThe Young Harris College (YHC) Hemlock Proiect is a volunteer effort of community members and students to help raise Sasajiscymnus tsugae, a tiny ladybird beetle that is one of the few natural predators of the HWA. The organization works in conjunction with the Forest Service and GFC to decide where to release the adult beetles.External Website