North Georgia Outdoor Burn Ban Ends September 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning will end September 30 in 54 counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. From May 1 through the end of September, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division mandates the restrictions to protect air quality from emissions that may increase ground level ozone. … Continue Reading →

Georgia Census 2020

Georgia is counting down to a very important deadline and your input is needed! By responding to the US Census 2020 by September 30, you will help determine how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed. The #census is used to calculate the number of representatives each state has in Congress and how much … Continue Reading →

GFC Seeking Director/State Forester

Georgia’s 25 million acres of forestland are a natural wonder. They are also an enormous responsibility for the many people who own, manage and enjoy them for the multitude of benefits they provide. The Georgia Forestry Commission has a rare opportunity for an individual to lead the agency as it takes on the challenges of … Continue Reading →

Gary White Named GFC Interim Director

Georgia Forestry Commission Deputy Director Gary White has been appointed to the post of Interim Director for the agency. Governor Brian Kemp requested White assume the role of State Forester, following the departure of the ag ency’s former director. A search committee has been established by the GFC Board of Directors (BOD) to identify the … Continue Reading →

Virtual Meeting Brings Together Prescribed Fire Proponents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council will showcase fresh perspectives, national decision-makers, the latest wildland fire research and much more during its 2020 annual meeting on Wednesday, September 30, from 10 AM – 3 PM. All elements of the online gathering are designed to promote stronger relationships and increased knowledge … Continue Reading →

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 →