How Fire Earns GOOD Marks in the Forest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 6, 2023 Keeping Georgia’s 24 million acres of forestland healthy depends a lot on Mother Nature. Sunshine and growing conditions are critical, yet forest managers rely on another important tool that has a lesser known but important role – fire. Governor Brian Kemp has declared February 5-11 “Prescribed Fire Awareness Week” … Continue Reading →

Waging War on the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

Waging War on the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid By Brandon Merz, GFC Forest Health Specialist It’s winter in Georgia, and while that means most forest pests are inactive, the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is in its full feeding swing. This invasive pest has been killing hemlock trees in the Appalachian Mountains since its introduction to the … Continue Reading →

The Wise Way to Guard Against Fire

GFC Guest blog by Michael Courey, Towns Co. Firewise Coalition leader Many people long to leave hectic, high intensity lifestyles in large metropolitan urban areas and retreat to calmer, less densely population communities. While living in rural, forested environments is peaceful, it comes with some trade-offs and lessons for homeowners. The areas in which homes … Continue Reading →

Danville Man Named GA Forester of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 10, 2023 The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) has named Danville, GA. resident Gabe Outlaw its 2022 Forester of the Year. The honor is given annually to a GFC forester who exemplifies the agency’s mission to provide leadership, service, and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. “It gives … Continue Reading →

A Message from GFC Director Tim Lowrimore

As we ring in 2023, I know many of our team members are enjoying some well-deserved time away, relaxing with family and friends. Corporately, we are taking a look back at 2022 and preparing for new initiatives that will deliver value to Georgia and its forestry community. 2022 has been an incredible year at the … Continue Reading →

Dreaming of a Green Christmas? Start by Recycling Your Tree

Dreaming of a Green Christmas? Start by Recycling Your Tree Submitted by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation As the holiday season comes to a close each year, Georgians face an important question: what should we do with our well-loved, and now quite dry, Christmas trees? For the past 32 years, the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation … Continue Reading →

Think Trees for the Holidays

Can you believe it? It’s “that time of year again!” The holiday season is here and many families ware venturing out to buy the annual Christmas tree. As always, the Georgia Forestry Commission is proud to endorse the purchase of a live Christmas tree from one of the state’s many tree farms. The Georgia Forestry … Continue Reading →

The Season for Giving Thanks

By: Tim Lowrimore, GFC Director To my GFC colleagues, our customers, and the extended Georgia forestry family… Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for another great year of working together! As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and begin celebrating with our families and friends over the next few days, I’m reaching out to personally thank you … Continue Reading →

Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

Guest Blog By: Kimberly P. Champney, MD, MSCR / Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Care Note: November 17 is National Take a Hike Day! To mark the occasion and the importance of physical activity, Dr. Kimberly Champney accepted our invitation to write this relevant blog. It’s time for the holidays, and chances are your calendar is filling … Continue Reading →

STEM & Forestry

STEM & Forestry By Chelsea York GFC Conservation Education Coordinator November 8 is National STEM/STEAM Day! Chances are you’ve heard those buzzwords over the past few years, especially in the education and career fields. So, what exactly does STEM/STEAM stand for, and how does that relate to forestry? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and … Continue Reading →