MARCH 18, 2024

Georgia forest landowners facing decisions about what to plant where, how to deal with insect invasions, and ways to save money while supporting the environment are getting custom help from state experts. Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) foresters provide advice on these issues and many more, and the agency has just rewarded one of its best performers with the “Forester of the Year Award” for FY 2023.

“We take great pride in recognizing Jason McMullen with this well-deserved honor,” said Georgia Forestry Commission Director Tim Lowrimore. “Jason has such a great commitment to serving our customers and deep knowledge about how to manage trees for optimal benefits. We couldn’t be prouder to have him with the GFC family.”

The prestigious Forester of the Year award is given annually to a GFC Forest Management professional whose outstanding performance advances GFC’s mission. That mission is to provide leadership, service, and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources.

Through cost-share, stewardship plans, and other programs, McMullen is credited with positively impacting close to 27,000 acres of Georgia forestland. He has helped protect waterways alongside GFC’s Water Quality team, fought wildfires in- and out-of-state, plowed firebreaks, assisted with nursery operations, and influenced some 2500 people through outreach efforts with groups as diverse as professional forestry organizations, educators, and Scouts.

Jason McMullen graduated with a degree in forestry from the University of Georgia and has been with the agency for three years. He and his wife live in Milledgeville with their two sons and are expecting a baby daughter in March.

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