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 →

SPB and Invasive Plant Control cost share programs open for applications

Applications are being accepted now for two cost share programs for landowners seeking assistance with forest health issues. One program targets pests and the other targets invasive plants. For details, click the links included in these program summaries: Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Cost Share Program Open for Applications The purpose of the SPB cost share … Continue Reading →

GA Forestry Report: April Tornadoes Cause $3 Million+ In Damages

GA Forestry Report: April Tornadoes Cause $3 Million+ in Damages The Georgia Forestry Commission has released its assessment of damage to timberland and rural trees following a series of tornadoes on April 12 and 13. A total of 30 tornadoes produced an estimated $3,692,960 in timber damage across 5,218 acres in 31 Georgia counties. The … Continue Reading →

Georgia Burn Ban Begins May 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 30, 2020 Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 47 counties. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months, when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks. For seven counties that are normally included in the summer burn ban, … Continue Reading →

Caring for your Trees: Proper Watering

Now that spring is here and trees are budding out, it is important to remember to water newly planted trees throughout the growing season. During the establishment phase (2-3 years), young trees require more water and attention. It is best to water trees in the late afternoon or early morning when evaporation rates are at … Continue Reading →