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Forestry Specialists Assess Local Storm Damage

A team of GFC specialists is analyzing local tree damage in the wake of Hurricane Michael. The Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) has fanned out across 13 counties to map and assess the condition of impacted trees for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

11.08.18
 
Georgia Forest Damage Calculated Following Hurricane Michael

GFC has released a detailed analysis of the state's timber losses as a result of Hurricane Michael. A combination of geospatial analysis and aerial and field examinations show damage to more than two million acres of forestland impacted by the storm, with an estimated timber value of $374 million.

10.22.18
 
Renewable Forests Recognized for Essential Products and Services

From paper, pencils, lumber and bath tissue to lipstick, clothing, paint and football helmets, forestry touches the daily lives of everyone. In recognition of National Forest Products Week, October 21-27, Georgia citizens can be proud that our 24 million acres of timberland has a positive impact on the economy and the ecosystems that make our state the ideal place to call home.

10.22.18
 
Burn Permitting Resumes in More Storm-Struck GA Counties

Burn permitting is resuming in all but six of 108 GA counties that were declared disaster areas following Hurricane Michael. Burn permits issued by GFC in the remaining 11 counties are effective as of 12pm on Wednesday, October 17. Conditions have improved enough to resume issuing permits for all types of burning, except in Decatur, Seminole, Miller, Early, Mitchell and Baker counties. To aid in cleanup, the burning of hand piled natural vegetation will be permitted in those six counties with proper notification of intent to burn to GFC.

10.17.18
 
Burn Permitting Resumes in Most Storm-Struck GA Counties

GFC has resumed issuing burning permits in all but 17 GA counties hit hard by Hurricane Michael. The 17 counties in which burn permitting is still suspended are: Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth.

10.15.18
 
Burn Permits Temporarily Suspended in Disaster Zone Counties

GFC has temporarily stopped issuing burn permits in 108 Georgia counties under the #HurricaneMichael state of emergency declaration.

10.11.18
 
Fall Foliage Reports Set to Begin

Georgia's colorful leaf season is beginning, and so are weekly foliage reports from GFC. Having foresters and rangers in every North Georgia county enables us to provide timely updates that include information about color changes, tree species and recommended scenic drives at GaTrees.org and on social media.

10.02.18
 
 
 
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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.

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Managing Storm Damaged Trees: Do's & Dont's
As we prepare for Hurricane Michael, please take time to educate yourself about how to safely and effectively manage any trees that may fall during the storm.
 
Southern Pine Beetle Cost Share Program Open for Applications
The cost share program for Southern Pine Beetle is now accepting applications. The purpose of the SPB cost share program is to help landowners implement various silvicultural practices that will prevent (or minimize) impacts of southern pine beetle infestations, restore healthy, more beetle-resistant forests and suppress current beetle infestations.
 
Pine Beetle: The Urban Problem
Pine Beetles don't just affect large swaths of forest lands ... they also affect Georgia's urban forests. Learn how to identify infestations and what to do if you suspect that you have one in your urban area.
 
Forest-Water Connection Projects
The critical link between forestland and clean water is coming into clearer focus with three seperate projects underway across the state. Click through to learn more!
 
Five-Year Plan for Georgia's Urban and Community Forests 2018 - 2022
A Five-Year Plan for Georgia's Urban and Community Forests has been developed by a dedicated and diverse group of industry leaders across the state to provide strategic direction for urban and community forest programs and to coordinate statewide efforts to value, conserve, manage and enhance Georgia's community forests.
 
Selling Your Timber
Thinking of selling some or all of your timber? Take a few minutes to educate yourself before you start the process. Click here for Application.
 
Emerald Ash Borer Statewide Quarantine Announced
GFC and the GA Department of Agriculture have implemented a statewide quarantine for ash wood products.

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