Welcome to the Georgia Forestry Commission
The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is a dynamic state agency responsible for providing leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia's forest resources. Our headquarters is located in Dry Branch, Georgia. District and county offices are located throughout the state. Commission professionals provide a wide variety of services including fire detection, issuing burn permits, wildfire suppression and prevention services, emergency and incident command system expertise, rural fire department assistance, forest management assistance to landowners and communities, the marketing and utilization of forest resources and nature services, and growing and selling quality tree seedlings for planting.
- New Law Strengthens Timber Sale Regulations (click for details)
- A new law strengthening timber sale regulations and increasing protection for forest landowners went into effect on July 1st. House Bill 790 brings change to many parts of the timber sale process, including scale tickets, civil damages for unauthorized timber harvesting, unintended harvest protection for landowners, statute of limitations for damages, and the authority of GFC law enforcement officers to enforce all laws relating to the protection, security, conservation or sale of timber transactions.
- GFC Accepting Applications for 2014 SPB Prevention, Restoration & Suppression Program
- Applications will be accepted May 26 - June 16 for cost share monies for practices that prevent or minimize damage from southern pine beetle infestations.
- Report Shows Georgia Forests Remain Sustainable
- A new report shows Georgia's forests continue to be healthy and abundant, providing jobs, ecosystem services and nearly $29 billion to the state's economy.
- Timber Impact Assessment
The Georgia ice storm (February 11-13, 2014) had a significant impact on timber in the northern half of the state. This assessment details the specific damage observed and makes recommendations for recovery and/or salvage efforts.
- Ice Storm Damage Salvage Verification - Emergency Removal of Ice-Damaged Timber
GFC is partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation to verify timber tracts damaged in the recent ice storm, so damaged timber can be promptly harvested and removed.
- Arbor Day Webcast for Georgia Schools Available for Viewing
Fun, free event to help schools across the state celebrate Georgia Arbor Day.