Asian Longhorned Beetle Found in SC

In early June 2020, a homeowner near the town of Hollywood, SC, close to the coast, found an odd looking beetle, which was sent it to Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) for identification. Agents from the DPI identified the beetle as the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis). A preliminary survey of the … Continue Reading →

GFC Seedling Sales Open!

The calendar may say summer, but we’re already thinking about the cool winter planting season ahead! Georgia Forestry Commission seedling sales begin today, July 1, so it’s time to peruse our online catalog at GaSeedlings.org and note your favorites. You’ll be glad to see that prices have not changed since last season. Don’t forget that … Continue Reading →

Caring for Trees in Summer

Keeping trees healthy is a year ’round responsibility. Whether your focus is on the back yard or the “back 40,” the Georgia Forestry Commission has a wealth of resources to help you cultivate the best growing conditions possible. GFC’s recently redesigned website contains an abundant array of fact sheets, videos, multi-media presentations, websites and contacts … Continue Reading →

GFC’s Stance on Respect and Discrimination

Recently, the Georgia Forestry Commission became aware of a serious situation in which one of our employees made an inappropriate and insensitive comment on a personal Facebook post. The comment reflected poorly on the agency and inquiries from the public received our immediate attention. Balancing the rights of individuals to express their thoughts with the … Continue Reading →

Ransomware Attack Impacting GFC Online Services

For customers who may need to reach out to GFC for burn permits or service requests, please contact us by telephone for prompt attention. Georgia’s state cybersecurity team is investigating an online security breach at our agency. No customer information has been compromised at this time, and the team is working diligently to resolve the … Continue Reading →

Hurricane Cleanup Deadlines at Hand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 2, 2020 The deadline is fast approaching for approved landowners impacted by Hurricane Michael to complete their state funded cleanup work and to submit documentation for reimbursement. The Forest Debris Management Program (FDMP) made $20 million in cleanup funds available through contract work facilitated by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the … Continue Reading →

GFC and COVID-19 – 5/27/20 Update

It’s been a trying time for us all. The challenges and restrictions caused by COVID-19 have had far-reaching effects, yet we recognize the land does not abide by society’s rules. Work needs to be done, and you have been extremely patient in working with GFC to move forward. Thank you. Here is where we are. … Continue Reading →

Get Ready for Summer with Post-Storm Tree Assessments

With all the recent severe weather activity throughout the Southeast, it’s important to assess how your trees weathered the storms. Often a home or business owner’s focus is on cleaning up vegetative debris on the ground, but it is prudent to look up and monitor the structural condition of your trees after any storm event. … Continue Reading →

GFC and COVID-19: 5/21/20 Update

Safety, flexibility and service continue to be our watchwords at GFC, where we are analyzing “next steps” for our agency that comply with Governor Brian Kemp’s most recent Executive Order. The directive stipulates that our agency follows guidance from the Department of Administrative Services for the reopening of state offices. It is our intention to … Continue Reading →

Law Enforcement Warns About Fake Burn Permitting Scam

The Georgia Forestry Commission is warning landowners to beware of an internet scam purporting to issue burn permits. The only way to secure a legal burn permit in Georgia is to get one online at GaTrees.org, by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN or by contacting a local office of the GFC. In some cases, a burn permit may … Continue Reading →