Outstanding GFC Employees Honored by State Legislators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2020 The Georgia Forestry Commission has named its outstanding groups of employees for 2019, and last week they were recognized at the state capitol. “We’re honored that our ‘best of the best’ had an opportunity to be congratulated in the Georgia House and Senate and by Governor Brian Kemp,” said … Continue Reading →

Arbor Day Celebrated Across Georgia in February

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2020 Tree plantings and commemorative events are taking place across the state this month, as communities mark Georgia’s Arbor Day 2020. Governor Brian Kemp signed a proclamation declaring Friday, February 21, Arbor Day in Georgia, which is always celebrated on the third Friday in February. Arbor Day is observed nationally … Continue Reading →

Carefully Planned “Good Fires” Prevent Bad Ones

The many benefits of prescribed fire on Georgia forestland are being recognized February 2-8 during “Prescribed Fire Awareness Week.” Prescribed Fire Awareness Week is recognized annually during the first week in February by land managers in Georgia, from private landowners to state and federal public land managers.

Forest Industry Continues to Boost Georgia’s Economy

A new report shows Georgia’s forest industry continues to deliver strong results for the state’s economy. The report shows the top three employment regions in Georgia for forestry related jobs are Atlanta, Southern Georgia, and Coastal Georgia. These areas account for almost half of the forestry related jobs in the state.

Forest Access Road and Firebreak Restoration Project: Hurricane Michael Relief Package

On November 18, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 1EX, which provides emergency disaster relief assistance for cleanup efforts for timberland owners as well as emergency funding for state agencies and local governments in areas heaviest impacted by Hurricane Michael, and HB 4EX, which creates a tax credit for timber growers in the 28 counties included … Continue Reading →

Special Team Dispatched to Spread Fire Safety Alerts

In response to the deepening drought and the rising risk of wildfire, a special team has been dispatched to north Georgia by the U.S. Forest Service and Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).

High Fire Danger Impacts Outdoor Burning

Though burning leaf piles and campfires are hallmarks of fall, Georgia’s current drought is impacting decisions to burn outdoors. The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging everyone to follow established procedures and exercise extreme caution when using fire outside.

Forestry Commission Plants Special Seedlings in Dawson County

A tract of land in Dawson County will soon be growing some distinctive trees whose seeds will benefit Georgia for decades to come. The Georgia Forestry Commission has planted 60 specially-grafted shortleaf pines and 70 Virginia pines on a 2.5-acre site adjacent to its office on Highway 53.