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Huber "Trees for Georgia" Program

Huber Engineered Woods LLC has donated $20,000 to fund the purchase of pine seedlings to be planted within several counties in north Georgia. The funds will be used to purchase GFC seedlings which will be given to qualified landowners. The first sign-up period ends August 25. Click here for more information.


Georgians' Actions Impact Summer Air Quality

Georgians can have an impact on air quality this summer by observing the annual ban on outdoor burning that begins on May 1.


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.


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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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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, including scale tickets, civil damages for unauthorized timber harvesting, unintended harvest protection for landowners, statute of limitations for damages, and the authority of GFC law enforcement officers to enforce all laws relating to the protection, security, conservation or sale of timber transactions.
GFC Accepting Applications for 2014 SPB Prevention, Restoration & Suppression Program
Applications will be accepted May 26 - June 16 for cost share monies for practices that prevent or minimize damage from southern pine beetle infestations.
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.

Arbor Day Webcast for Georgia Schools Available for Viewing

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


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