Prescribed Fire Awareness Week Proclaimed by Governor for Georgia

January 28, 2005--Governor Sonny Perdue 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.

The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) advocates prescribed burning as one of the most environmentally and economically feasible methods for managing the state’s valuable forest resources.

Professional foresters and other land managers throughout the state use prescribed burning for reforestation, aesthetics, and forest access. The method is also effective for managing wildlife species such as bobwhite quail, eastern wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Prescribed burning is the only known forest management method for perpetuation of the longleaf/wire grass ecosystem, Georgia’s most diverse flora and fauna ecosystem.

The proclamation congratulates those who protect the state’s natural heritage for present and future generations. The document also states: “The Georgia Forestry Commission along with partner agencies and organizations across the state support, promote, educate, and train for the continued use of prescribed burning.”

GFC officials said the Southwest Georgia Prescribed Fire Council was a major influence in the establishment of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week. The Council, with headquarters in Thomasville, promotes exchange of information among prescribed burning practitioners and serves more than 30 counties in the Southwest Georgia area.

For more information or prescribed burning assistance, call your local Georgia Forestry Commission office or visit the GFC website at www.gatrees.org.