North GA Burn Ban to be Lifted October 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 The summer ban on outdoor burning in 54 northern Georgia counties will be lifted on  October 1, 2022. The annual restrictions are imposed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division from May 1 through the end of September to protect air quality from emissions that may increase ground level ozone … Continue Reading →

GFC Launches Weekly Fall Foliage Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 The fall foliage season in Georgia begins soon and the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is ready with valuable tips for leaf peepers! Beginning on Thursday, September 29 and continuing through early November, GFC foresters will provide weekly updates on tree species color changes, the effect of current weather, and … Continue Reading →

My Experience as an Urban and Community Forestry Intern

Guest Blog by William Knapp GFC Urban and Community Forestry Intern Hello, my name is William Knapp and I got the opportunity to work for the Georgia Forestry Commission this summer as an urban and community forestry intern. I study community forestry and arboriculture at the University of Georgia. My advisors spoke highly of the … Continue Reading →

GFC Tracking Palmetto Berry Thieves

Blog by Stasia Kelly | Our Media Relations Specialist Landowners in 14 southeast Georgia counties have been seeking help from law enforcement as the theft of saw palmetto berries increases. The Georgia Forestry Commission is working with local authorities to track illegal harvesters who are canvassing forestland in search of the in-season berries. Arrests have … Continue Reading →

My Three-Month Internship with the GFC

Guest Blog by Loic Harousseau Forester Intern My name is Loic Harousseau, and I am a senior at Auburn University pursuing a degree in forestry. I am originally from New York, but I was fortunate to grow up visiting a piece of family property in southwestern Georgia. Before I was born, my great uncle envisioned … Continue Reading →

Berrien County Woods Arson Suspect Jailed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 16, 2022 A Berrien County man is in jail without bond following his arrest on numerous charges of woods arson and endangering human life. Christopher Michael Brown, 37, is facing 55 charges in connection with 13 intentionally set fires that burned 13.7 acres and threatened the lives of local and state … Continue Reading →

My Internship Experience Working with GFC State Lands

Guest Blog by Jason Rucker UAS Flight Ops Intern My name is Robert “Jason” Rucker, and this summer, I was an intern with the Georgia Forestry Commission’s State Lands Department. I was fortunate to work on several projects, including flight operations, to help revise the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) policy, making sure it is as … Continue Reading →

Forestry Intern’s Experience at GFC

Guest Blog by Colin Kane Clemson University Student My name is Colin Kane, and I am working towards my Forest Resource Management degree at Clemson University. This summer, I interned with the GFC under the Region 5 Foresters. I learned a lot of valuable experience from visiting private landowners and being present on wildfires and … Continue Reading →

Making your Home more Energy Efficient – by Planting Trees

GFC Blog:   by Media Relations Specialist Stasia Kelly It’s summertime in Georgia…do you know where your energy dollars are going? Chances are, the cost of cooling your home has risen, with no obvious way to stop the bleeding other than sweating it out. Unless, that is, you take time this month to evaluate your home’s … Continue Reading →

Seedling Webstore is Open for Business!

GFC Guest Blog:   Seedling Sales by Reforestation Chief Jeff Fields Georgia Forestry Commission seedling sales began on July 1 and orders are coming in at a rapid pace. If you haven’t had a chance to look over the selections yet, don’t wait much longer! While more hardwoods are available this season over last, some of … Continue Reading →