Leaf Watch Report for October 05, 2022

Northwest GA Specific (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): This week has been cool and sunny, with mild to moderate winds and very little rain. Average temperatures have been slightly higher, possibly leading to a later peak season. With sufficient rainfall over the summer, the overall forest health appears to be very good. Overall, leaf retention is … Continue Reading →

Leaf Watch Report for September 28th, 2022

Northwest GA Specific (Ridge and Valley/Cumberland Plateau): Cooler nights and sunny days with large fluctuations in temperature have signaled the beginning of fall. These conditions coincide with foliage color change within hardwood dominant areas across North Georgia. Trees are beginning to drop their leaves as the annual foliage cycle progresses. The area has had sufficient … Continue Reading →

Wildfire Danger Elevated Across Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 Wildfire danger is on the increase across Georgia. High winds from Hurricane Ian coupled with dry conditions in many areas has prompted the Georgia Forestry Commission to prepare for the elevated threat of wildfires by discouraging outdoor burning this weekend. “We are asking everyone who may be planning to … Continue Reading →

Georgia Forestry Commission Wildfire Prevention Leader Earns Prestigious Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 A veteran Georgia Forestry Commission forester has earned the nation’s highest wildfire prevention honor. Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Mark Wiles of Elbert County has been named winner of the 2022 Silver Smokey Bear Award. The award recognizes people and organizations that provide sustained, outstanding service, with significant wildfire prevention impact. … Continue Reading →

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 →