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Lifting of Burn Ban Prompts Safety Warnings

Georgians in 54 northern counties will soon be permitted to resume outdoor burning as the annual summer burn ban is lifted on October 1.


Accused Timber Thief Faces Prison Sentence

A man arrested on felony charges related to a timber harvest has been released on bond after turning himself in to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.


South Georgia-North Florida Fire Initiative Receives National Recognition

For the second time in 10 years, collaborative partnerships in south Georgia and north Florida are being recognized by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) for their outstanding work in the field of wildland fire management.


Prescribed Fire Council Aims to Set Fire Legacy in Georgia

The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council has set a high goal for its upcoming annual meeting on September 29 in Tifton: Promote the vital role of prescribed burning for generations to come.


Colossal Live Oak Earns Georgia Champion Tree Status

A massive live oak tree that could be more than 300 years old has been added to Georgia's Champion Tree register. Visit our current Tree Talk page, too.


GFC Seedling Sales Brisk For Planting Season

The Georgia Forestry Commission has begun accepting orders for its wide variety of softwood and hardwood seedlings. "Sales are already brisk," said Jeff Fields, GFC's Reforestation Chief.


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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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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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