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Fire Injuries and Fatalities Prompt Safety Warnings

GFC urges residents to take extra safety measures when burning outdoors as we examine a series of injuries and deaths associated with fire.


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.


New Report Shows Impact of Ice Storm on Georgia Trees

A GFC assessment of damage to trees resulting from February's ice storm shows more than 70,000 acres impacted, valued in excess of $65 million.


2014 Prescribed Fire Awareness Week Designated by Governor Deal

Governor Nathan Deal has designated by official proclamation the first week in February to be observed annually as Prescribed Fire Awareness Week for Georgia in recognition of land managers who protect and maintain the state's forest resources. In 2014, this is February 2-8.


Forestry Industry Continues to Power State's Economy

For the second consecutive year, Georgia's forest industry has provided more jobs for Georgians and more fuel for the state's economy than the previous year.


Faster Forestry Updates Available with Smart Phones

Georgians now have faster, easier access to GFC services through the new mobile website,


Outdoor Burn Ban To Be Lifted October 1

The annual burn ban in 54 Georgia counties will be lifted October 1, 2013.


Destructive Tree Pest Detected in Georgia

An invasive insect responsible for the death or decline of tens of millions of ash trees in 20 states has been detected in Georgia for the first time


Georgia Tree Growth Stays in the Black

More timber continues to be grown in Georgia than is harvested, according to data contained in the 2012 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) report.


Four-Thousand Forested Acres Conserved for Future Generations

Two environmentally significant pieces of Georgia property will be permanently protected under conservation easements recently finalized by the Georgia Forestry Commission.


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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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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.

Governor Deal Signs Executive Order to Increase Weight Limits on Trucks Transporting Ice-Damaged Timber
Arbor Day Webcast for Georgia Schools Available for Viewing

Fun, free event to help schools across the state celebrate Georgia Arbor Day.

Emerald Ash Borer in Georgia

Learn what EAB is, proposed regulations to slow its spread, instructions for commenting on the proposed regulations and a public hearing notice

Selling Your Timber

A timber sale is a serious matter requiring careful preparation.

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