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High Fire Danger Impacts Outdoor Burning

Though burning leaf piles and campfires are hallmarks of fall, Georgia's current drought is impacting decisions to burn outside. GFC is urging everyone to follow established procedures and exercise extreme caution when using fire outside.


Governor Kemp Names Seventeen Appointments

On September 17th, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced seventeen (17) appointees to serve on various state boards, authorities, and commissions. Included among them is J. Chad Nimmer, who will serve on GFC's Board of Directors.


Second Timber Tax Credit Sign-up for Hurricane Michael Restoration and Replanting

A second timber tax credit application period has begun for forest landowners who missed the first sign-up that closed on May 31. The tax credit applies to landowners with timber damage from Hurricane Michael within the 28-county state-declared disaster area who plan to replant or restore acreage for the production of forest products or ecological services.


Heavy Equipment Academy Provides Hands-On Training for Wildland Firefighters

For the fifth consecutive year, heavy equipment operators will have the opportunity for hands-on learning in "real life scenarios" during special training at GFC headquarters in Dry Branch. The Southern Area Geographic Area Heavy Equipment Operator Academy (GHEOA), will take place June 3-13.


Forestry Commission Plants Special Seedlings in Dawson County

A tract of land in Dawson County will soon be growing some distinctive trees whose seeds will benefit Georgia for decades to come. GFC planted 60 specially-grafted shortleaf pines and 70 Virginia pines on a 2.5-acre site adjacent to its office on Highway 53.


Wildfires on the Rise in Georgia

Hot temperatures and low rainfall are pushing up wildfire activity in Georgia. GFC is urging people to be extremely cautious about the use of fire outdoors, especially with campfires and outdoor cooking devices.


Kemp Leads Forest Field Day

Landowners got a first-hand look at how good forest management enhances Georgia's woods, water, wildlife and recreation recently at a special event in Madison County. GFC and the Georgia Tree Farm Program put on a field day at "Plantation Partners" Tree Farm to highlight the resources available that support sustainable forestry.


Georgia Prescribed Fire Council Announces First North Georgia Meeting

The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council, a statewide coalition of land managers, landowners, forestry consultants, conservation organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies that promotes the safe use of prescribed fire as an essential natural resource management tool to ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk, will hold its first-ever meeting in North Georgia on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Chattahoochee Technical College's Appalachian Campus in Jasper, GA.


Cusseta Man Facing Charges of Serial Arson

A Cusseta, GA man has been charged with arson in connection with a series of fires near Fort Benning spanning two years. GFC Law Enforcement led the investigation resulting in the arrest of 63-year old Samuel Lloyd Hudson, who is charged with two counts of arson of lands.


Report Card for Georgia's Forestland Released

A new report shows Georgia's forests are healthy today and are ready to meet the needs of tomorrow, if we're mindful of some emerging trends. The 2019 "Sustainability Report for Georgia's Forests" details the conditions of the state's 24-million acres of forestland. It outlines the numerous economic, environmental and social benefits of GA's forests and details specific challenges to the resource that provided more than 147,000 jobs and generated nearly $36 billion in economic value to the state in 2017.


Forestry Employees Honored by Georgia Legislature

A group of employees from GFC has been recognized by state legislators for their outstanding leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia's forest resources. Members of the GA House of Representatives and Senate congratulated the group recently at the state capitol, where a resolution was passed praising the GFC North and South Units of the Year for executing the agency's mission with distinction.


Area Timber Thefts Yield Arrest and More Investigation

A Hephzibah man is in Richmond County jail facing felony charges for timber theft. Ryan Casey Price, 23, was arrested after GFC investigators traced a trail of illegally cut trees to his home. Authorities believe Price stole timber on several nearby properties in Richmond County, then cut, split and sold it as firewood. He is formally charged with theft of more than 100 tons of timber on one tract.


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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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Storm Damage Resources
Find information and resources available to landowners who sustained damage to their forest lands during Hurricane Michael.
Timber Tax Credit Program
Georgia Department of Revenue is now accepting applications for the Timber Tax Credit to assist in offsetting the substantial economic losses incurred during Hurricane Michael. Per HB 4EX, eligible timber properties must be located in the disaster area established by Executive Order, which includes Baker, Bleckley, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth counties.
Save Energy - Plant Trees!
Plant trees to lower utility bills, save energy and add value to your property. A homeowner learns how in this Georgia Forestry Commission video.
Healthy Trees Healthy Lives
As research is being conducted and becoming available, findings reinforce what much of the urban forestry community already knows - that trees have a positive impact on human health.
Sustainability Report for Georgia's Forests: 2019
A new report shows Georgia's forests are healthy today and are ready to meet the needs of tomorrow, if we're mindful of some emerging trends.
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.

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