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.
- GFC is hosting two meetings on Emerald Ash Borer regulations
- On December 4 (Athens) and December 16 (Griffin) learn the basics of the regulations for the movement and treatment of ash materials. Regulations will start to be enforced on January 1, 2015.
- The 2014 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners now available
- Tax laws on timber transactions contain very specialized information that is not commonly known. This knowledge is critical to timber owners in regards to the cost of owning and managing timber, forest stewardship and compliance with tax laws. This bulletin reviews the major federal income tax laws to help forest owners in filing their 2014 income tax returns.
- Georgia Forestry Association Introduces Timber Theft Reward Program
- Following the signing of House Bill 790 - the Georgia Forestry Association's (GFA) initiative to strengthen Georgia's timber theft and timber trespass statutes - GFA officially reinstated its timber theft reward program in order to provide greater security to members who are concerned about protecting their timber assets.
- 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.