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Outdoor Burn Ban to be Lifted October 1

Residents in 54 nothern Georgia counties will again be able to burn outdoor yard debris beginning on October 1, 2014.


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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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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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.
Georgia Forestry Association Introduces Timber Theft Reward Program
Following the signing of House Bill 790 - the Georgia Forestry Association's (GFA) initiative to strengthen Georgia's timber theft and timber trespass statutes - GFA officially reinstated its timber theft reward program in order to provide greater security to members who are concerned about protecting their timber assets.
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.

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