Georgia’s Family Forest Landowners – 2021

Georgia’s forestry sector annually contributes about $36 billion to the state’s economy. Family forest landowners own 57% of forestlands in the state. These forestlands not only provide round wood for sustaining rural economies, but they also provide several other environmental (e.g., clean water and air, carbon sequestration and storage, wildlife habitat, and pollination) and social … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report October 20th, 2021

Northwest GA Specific (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau) The past week has been cool and sunny with a little rain, allowing many of the trees to slowly progress with color change. Areas with high concentrations of blackgum and sourwood are currently showing the most vivid colors providing differing shades of red and orange. Sassafras is also … Continue Reading →

National Forest Products Week

By: Dru Preston Forester-Staff U&M Georgia Forestry Commission Forests provide countless benefits for humanity. To recognize this and honor the tree, National Forest Products Week is observed annually during the third week of October, which this year is October 18– 23. Forests makeup almost two-thirds of the state and are an important component of water … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report October 13th, 2021

Northwest: Lowering temperatures and adequate rainfall has led to the beginning of foliage color change in NW GA. Overlooks and ridges are still predominately green with an occasional patch of red or yellow. Red maple, sumac, and blackgum are primarily responsible for the various patches of red, while hickory and poplar are providing shades of … Continue Reading →

How Foresters, Loggers, Forest Owners and the Forest Industry Became Champions for Clean Water

By: Joe Fox State Forester Arkansas Department of Agriculture – Division of Forestry Water is the most important substance on the planet – the presence of clean and abundant water is crucial to the survival of humans and thriving communities. Healthy rivers, streams, springs and lakes are also a big part of what makes the southeastern … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report October 7th, 2021

Northwest GA Specific (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): Cooler nights, sunny days, and adequate rainfall are signaling the beginning of the fall foliage season. Trees are on track to display vivid changes in color over the next four weeks. Overlooks and ridges are still predominately green with sparse patches of red and yellow. Above 1500 feet, … Continue Reading →

New Rules in Effect as North Georgia Burn Ban is Lifted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2021 Georgia’s annual summer ban on outdoor burning will be lifted on October 1. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division mandates the fire restrictions from May through September in 54 counties, primarily in the northern half of the state, to protect air quality from emissions that may increase ground level ozone. … Continue Reading →

“Good Fires” Take Center Stage at Upcoming Virtual Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2021 The role of fire in Georgia forests as it impacts air quality, climate change and wildlife and natural resource sustainability will be among the topics explored at the 2021 meeting of the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council. The annual gathering brings together partner organizations that advocate the use of prescribed … Continue Reading →

Educating future generation of decision-makers and others about the importance of our natural resources

Written by Chelsea York | Education Conservation Coordinator Back-to-school time is well underway, and though the traditional school bus and in-class learning model has changed, the season still signifies a focus on education. Both formal and non-formal educators – including parents – are facing the challenge of effectively teaching in unusual circumstances. Whether it’s in … Continue Reading →