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Healthy Gains Sustained in Georgia's Forest Industry

Two recent reports reflect the strength of Georgia's forest industry at home and abroad. According to a report from the Georgia Institute of Technology's Enterprise Innovation Institute, the industry's output, employment, and compensation all had robust growth between 2014 and 2015.


Celebrate Trees This Week in Georgia - #GAArborday

Several events that celebrate the many benefits of trees are being held across the state this week, in observance of Georgia's Arbor Day.


Georgia's Drought Ushers in Beetle Outbreak

Georgia's ongoing drought has led to an unprecedented outbreak of destructive beetles that are killing pine trees. Aerial surveys by the Georgia Forestry Commission show active infestations of Ips engraver beetles in timber stands, primarily in north and central Georgia.


Prescribed Fire Week Marks Importance of "Good Fire"

Governor Nathan Deal has signed a proclamation naming February 5-11, 2016, "Prescribed Fire Awareness Week," which highlights an important land management tool that can lessen wildfire intensity.


Governor's Order Hastens Tornado-Damaged Timber Removal

Salvage operations have begun on an estimated 27,000 acres of forestland in southeast Georgia, where recent tornadoes resulted in 16 fatalities and extensive property damage. To facilitate operations, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued an executive order to temporarily lift specific restrictions on logging trucks using state maintained roadways.


Floyd/Polk County Fires NOT Intentionally Set

The cause of fires that have burned at least 50 acres in Floyd and Polk Counties this week has been determined. An investigation conducted by the Georgia Forestry Commission shows a malfunctioning exhaust system on an automobile's catalytic converter sparked the initial blazes on Tuesday, October 25.


Search Launched for the Great American Tree

Fall is the perfect time to appreciate trees, and The American Grove website has launched a competition to find 2016's "Great American Tree."


GFC Issues Outdoor Burning Guidance in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

GFC has evaluated the local conditions affected by Hurricane Matthew and has determined that burning may resume in some locations beginning October 13, 2016, but only for some types of burning.


Drought May Affect Georgia's Burning Season

The summer ban on outdoor burning will end Friday, September 30 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. This fall and winter, the burn permitting process may be impacted by GA's deepening drought.


Emerald Ash Borer Spreading in Georgia

The invasive insect responsible for the death or decline of hundreds of millions of ash trees in 27 states is on the move in Georgia.


Caution Urged in Vicinity of Gordon County Wildfire

GFC is working with partner agencies to contain a fire burning in Gordon County near Talking Rock and the Carters Lake area.


Dry Holiday Weather Raises Fire Concerns

Dry weather conditions and the upcoming July 4th holiday are prompting warnings about the possibility of wildfire in Georgia.


GFC Hosts Heavy Equipment Academy

Forestry professionals from eight states gathered with heavy equipment experts and wildlife, land and defense personnel for the "Geographic Area Heavy Equipment Academy."


Northwest Georgia at Increased Risk of Wildfire

Northwest Georgia residents are encouraged to use extreme caution with outdoor fires because of a recent increase in wildfire activity and a growing potential for wildfire risk.


Georgia Joins Nation in Focusing on Forest Arson

GFC is partnering with the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to focus attention on the problem of wildland arson.


Georgia's Burn Ban Begins May 1

Georgia's annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 counties, mostly in the northern part of the state.


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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.

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UPDATE: 2016 Ips Engraver Beetle Outbreak
Ips engraver beetles continue to heavily infest drought-stressed trees in northern and central Georgia.
Georgia Wildfire Information
County-level burn ban information, fire updates and other information about Georgia's 2016 wildfires.
Timber Impact Assessment for Southwest GA Storm Damage, January 2, 2017
Severe weather on January 2, 2017, caused widespread damage in Calhoun, Dougherty, Worth, Turner, Early, Baker and Mitchell counties.
Emerald Ash Borer Regional Quarantine Announced
With the discovery of EAB in several new counties, GFC and the GA Department of Agriculture have implemented a regional quarantine for ash wood products.
Timber Impact Assessment: Hurricane Matthew, October 8-9, 2016
Assessment of overall damage to forests in GA due to Hurricane Matthew
2015 Economic Impact of Forestry Report Released
The 2015 Economic Impact of Forestry report was released November 22, 2016 and may be downloaded HERE.
Winter 2016 Cogongrass in Georgia Update
Find out the latest information on cogongrass in Georgia.
Notice of Timber Harvesting Activity
The updated Notice of Timber Harvesting Activity Form is effective July 1, 2015 and may be downloaded HERE.
Wildfires and Drones Don't Mix
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in their simple message to drone operators: If you fly; we can't.
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 and the authority of GFC law enforcement officers to enforce all laws relating to the protection, security, conservation or sale of timber transactions.

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