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Georgia to Celebrate Trees' Many Benefits on Arbor Day

Citizens across the state are observing Georgia's Arbor Day this month to celebrate the many benefits of trees. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp acknowledged the occasion by signing a proclamation and meeting with forestry representatives at the state capitol this week.


Appreciating "Good Fire" in the Forest

The many benefits of fire on Georgia forestland are being recognized February 3-9 during "Prescribed Fire Awareness Week." Prescribed fire is known as "good fire," because it is carefully applied to forest vegetation under specific weather conditions to advance defined forest management objectives.

Help at Hand for Michael-Struck Landowners

Emergency assistance for landowners impacted by Hurricane Michael is being rolled out by GFC. Two programs are available to help landowners with specific needs: the Forest Debris Management Program and the Forest Access Road & Firebreak Restoration Project. Separate application procedures are required for each program.

Choose a Live Tree for Christmas

'Tis the season for Christmas tree selection and GA has an abundance of live trees to offer. Choose-and-cut or pre-cut trees are available throughout the state and GFC maintains a list of growers who sell a variety of species on our GA Christmas Tree Directory.

Resources Available for Storm-Impacted Forest Landowners

As thousands of Georgia forest landowners and residents deal with the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Michael, GFC continues to provide resources for recovery. A number of different options are available, depending on the level of damage sustained and the property owner's goals.

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).

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 more than $762 million.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 and on social media.

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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.

Learn more about our vision and mission

Forest Debris Management Program
Learn about cost share opportunities for debris management on forestlands impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Forest Road and Firebreak Restoration Program
Learn about cost share opportunities to help clear forest debris from existing firebreaks and roads for 28-county disaster area impacted by Hurricane Michael.
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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