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EPD's Open Burning Ban Begins May 1

Beginning May 1 and ending September 30, Georgia Environmental Protection Division's (EPD) open burning ban will be in effect for 54 Georgia counties. Citizens are reminded that these rules are in place for a reason - and the reason is health.


Forest Industry Remains Solid Contributor To GA Economy

Georgia's forestry industry continued to deliver strong results for the state's economy in 2013, according to a new Georgia Forestry Commission report provided by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Read the 2013 Final Report.


Deal Promotes Healthy Forest Fire

Governor Nathan Deal is helping raise awareness about the importance of fire to healthy forests by proclaiming February 2-8, 2015, "Prescribed Fire Awareness Week."


Portable Logging Bridge Cost-Share

Cost-share funds are now available for the purchase of portable steel and wood bridges that can enhance stream crossing BMP's. Click here for details.


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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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2015 SPB Sign-Up Period Opens
The sign-up period for the Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Cost-Share program is open from April 29 through May 29, 2015.
The 2014 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners now available
Tax laws on timber transactions contain very specialized information that is not commonly known. This knowledge is critical to timber owners in regards to the cost of owning and managing timber, forest stewardship and compliance with tax laws. This bulletin reviews the major federal income tax laws to help forest owners in filing their 2014 income tax returns.
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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