EAB Quarantine Removal

The emerald ash borer (EAB) was first found in Georgia in 2013 in DeKalb and Fulton Counties. At the time, EAB was a federally regulated pest, and this initiated a state level quarantine. The first EAB quarantine (GA Chapter 224-3) went into effect in January 2014 and covered only Dekalb and Fulton Counties. In 2014 … Continue Reading →

Local Forest Ranger Receives Fire Prevention Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 2, 2021 A member of the Georgia Forestry Commission’s North Georgia Forest Protection team has been selected to receive a prestigious award recognizing outstanding work to prevent wildfire. Anthony English, Georgia Forestry Commission Wildland Urban Interface Specialist, of Cornelia, GA has won the Robert E. Browning award for 2019 in Georgia. … Continue Reading →

New Report Shows Continued Growth for Forestry in Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 22, 2021 The forest industry continued to be a powerful economic driver for Georgia in 2019. A recently released report from Georgia Tech shows more than $36.5 billion in total sales for the industry, supporting more than 141,000 jobs. It was the ninth consecutive year for job growth in the industry, … Continue Reading →

Meet GFC’s Director: Tim Lowrimore

It is a real honor to be meeting you here, virtually. I am excited to be joining the Georgia Forestry Commission team and I look forward to the time we can again freely congregate, shake hands and meet in person. With one of the most challenging years of my career I can recall now behind … Continue Reading →

Georgia Forestry Commission Director Named by Governor Kemp

Governor Brian Kemp has appointed Georgia forestry veteran Timothy M. Lowrimore to serve as state forester and director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. Following a swearing-in ceremony on December 21 at the state capitol, Lowrimore will assume his new duties on January 16, 2021. “It is especially fitting that Tim Lowrimore rejoins the GFC family … Continue Reading →

Georgia Forestry Commission Says Now is the Time to Order and Plant Trees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 1, 2020 Georgia’s tree planting season is well underway, along with brisk seedling sales by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Buyers have been busy choosing popular hardwood and pine selections, and supplies are beginning to diminish. Genetically improved loblolly and slash pine seedlings remain in stock and available to landowners at attractive … Continue Reading →

Choose a LIVE Christmas Tree for 2020!

Despite the fact that 2020 has been one of our most unusual years in memory, it is “that time of year again!” The holiday season is here and many families will venture out, wearing masks no doubt, to buy the annual Christmas tree. As always, the Georgia Forestry Commission is proud to endorse the purchase … Continue Reading →

GFC Leaf Watch: November 5, 2020 (final leaf watch post)

Northwest GA (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): Peak color has passed in a majority of NW GA, as last week’s high winds and heavy rains encouraged the loss of the remaining leaves with vivid colors. Currently, overlooks and ridges are predominately composed of dull greens, maroons, and browns with very little yellow or red. Many of … Continue Reading →

Local Forester Named GFC 2020 Forester of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 2, 2020 The Georgia Forestry Commission has named Region 4 Field Forester Stephen Martin, as the agency’s 2020 Forester of the Year. The prestigious award is given annually to a GFC Forest Management professional whose outstanding performance advances GFC’s mission to provide leadership, service, and education in the protection and conservation of … Continue Reading →