Prevention Tactics Shared as Fire Danger Rises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 4, 2022 A special team from the Georgia Forestry Commission will be canvassing the southwest portion of Georgia and working with adjacent states the week of April 3, spreading the word about fire danger. The current weather outlook for the next couple of months is indicating dry conditions and a potential … Continue Reading →

COGONGRASS: IF YOU SEE IT, REPORT IT!

Written by Lynne Womack, Forest Health Coordinator As the weather warms up and we all start to get out and about more, the signs of spring are all around us. At GFC’s Forest Health Department, spring is the start of our early detection season. The majority of this early detection work is done by placing … Continue Reading →

High Fire Danger Prompts Outdoor Burning Warnings this Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 25, 2022 A National Weather Service special alert has prompted the Georgia Forestry Commission to prepare for the elevated threat of wildfires by discouraging outdoor burning this weekend. Burning permits may also be temporarily suspended in certain areas until conditions change. “Most of Georgia has been placed under a fire weather … Continue Reading →

“Wildfires in Georgia”

Guest blog by GFC Ranger III Eric Evans When you hear the word “wildfire,” what goes through your mind? TV news video of big blazes ripping through mountainous terrain? Images of helicopters dumping water on smoky fires below? Pictures like that are mostly associated with western fires that happen in the summer. California, for instance, … Continue Reading →

Newnan Tornado Recovery – One Year Later

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 24, 2022 Residents, special guests, and the Georgia Forestry Commission will be on hand Saturday, March 26 in Newnan to mark the first anniversary of tornadoes that tore through the city. More than $75 million in losses were recorded from the F-4 storm and 567 acres of tree canopy were destroyed. … Continue Reading →

Pass the Tissue, it’s Pollen Time!

It’s that special time of year in Georgia, when Mother Nature coaxes everything around us to sprout, bloom, and reach for the sunshine. For many people, however, it’s the most miserable time of year, when all the pollen, both visible and invisible, wreaks havoc on human bodies. Despite its shady reputation with some, we’d be … Continue Reading →

Spongy Moth (formerly Gypsy Moth) in Georgia

In March 2022, the Entomological Society of America adopted the common name “spongy moth” as the common name for the invasive moth Lymantria dispar (formerly known as “gypsy moth”). We will be working toward changing this name in our publications and on our website. Find more information about this name change.  Spongy moth (formerly gypsy … Continue Reading →

Forest Water Quality Team Honored for Outstanding Achievements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 7, 2022 Protecting water quality in Georgia is a primary focus of the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC). A specialized team at GFC that is instrumental in monitoring water resources near forestry operations has earned the agency’s 2021 Forest Management Team of the Year award. “It is especially fitting for the GFC’s … Continue Reading →

Fire Danger Rising – Public’s Help Needed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 4, 2022 An alarming increase in the number of wildfires is happening in Georgia and fire officials are warning everyone to be hyper-aware of weather conditions before doing any type of outdoor burning. The Georgia Forestry Commission reports 577 wildfires in the past month, which burned some 3,500 acres, and 229 … Continue Reading →

Local Forestry Employees Earn 2021 Performance Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 3, 2022 Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) employees working throughout Dawson, Forsyth, Lumpkin, Gilmer, and Pickens Counties have been awarded the agency’s “North Zone County of the Year” award. The annual honor is given by the GFC’s Forest Protection Department, which manages wildfire readiness throughout the state. Criteria were measured in the … Continue Reading →