GFC Leaf Watch: October 23, 2020

Northwest GA (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): The past week has been cool and sunny with little rain or wind, allowing many of the trees to progress with color change. Hickory and poplar are showing the most significant changes and are now providing bright and vivid yellows. Black gum and sourwood have continued to turn and … Continue Reading →

GFC Leaf Watch: October 16, 2020

Northwest GA (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): Lots of rain over the past week has led to a slightly different look in the higher elevations. Many of the trees previously displaying the brightest reds and yellows have lost their leaves while other species are slowly beginning to shift from green to yellow and brown. Early turners … Continue Reading →

GFC Leaf Watch Report: October 9, 2020

Northeast Sunny days and cool nights are doing their work…  While tree canopies across most of the ridges and slopes in NE GA continue to be a sea of various shades of greens that are getting lighter, we are seeing more punctuations of color in the bright reds of maple and sourwood, and yellows and … Continue Reading →

Fire Prevention Week 2020

Fire Prevention Week is observed annually during the first full week in October (October 4-10, 2020.) It’s a good time to think about “good fire” and “bad fire,” both of which have an impact on our lives. Prescribed fires are considered “good fires,” because they are used by knowledgeable practitioners to manage forestland for optimal … Continue Reading →

GFC Leaf Watch Report: October 1, 2020

All signs are pointing to a great leaf season, and it has begun! NORTHEAST: Bright sunny days and cool nights spur on the change and the trusty sourwoods have started to turn red and burgundy, and dogwoods are showing muted reds. At higher elevations, a number of maples are already turning deep red. Along roadsides, … Continue Reading →

Fall Leaf Watch Kickoff

While 2020 has thrown us some curves, one constant we can depend on is a colorful autumn in north Georgia. Dropping temperatures and sunny days usher in a special time of gratitude, with an enhanced appreciation for Mother Nature and human connection – and who’s not feeling those emotions right now? The fall foliage season … Continue Reading →

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 →

Georgia Census 2020

Georgia is counting down to a very important deadline and your input is needed! By responding to the US Census 2020 by September 30, you will help determine how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed. The #census is used to calculate the number of representatives each state has in Congress and how much … Continue Reading →

GFC Seeking Director/State Forester

Georgia’s 25 million acres of forestland are a natural wonder. They are also an enormous responsibility for the many people who own, manage and enjoy them for the multitude of benefits they provide. The Georgia Forestry Commission has a rare opportunity for an individual to lead the agency as it takes on the challenges of … Continue Reading →

Gary White Named GFC Interim Director

Georgia Forestry Commission Deputy Director Gary White has been appointed to the post of Interim Director for the agency. Governor Brian Kemp requested White assume the role of State Forester, following the departure of the ag ency’s former director. A search committee has been established by the GFC Board of Directors (BOD) to identify the … Continue Reading →