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Urban Wood Utilization Workshops

Come to a workshop on July 21 in Decatur or July 22 in Augusta to learn about innovative re-use methods and how you can be a part of recycling urban wood in Georgia. View workshop details at Events Calendar.

06.23.15

Huber "Trees for Georgia" Program

The Huber "Trees for Georgia" Program is funding free pine seedlings to qualifying landowners within a 22 county area. Deadline to apply is July 24, 2015. Click to view Program Information and Seedling Application Form.

06.15.15

Ware County Arson Suspect Arrested

A Waycross man is in custody following his arrest by Georgia Forestry Commission law enforcement personnel on wildland arson charges.

06.08.15

Search Launched For "Great American Tree"

A nationwide contest is underway to locate the 2015 "Great American Tree." The American Grove is looking for trees that are community landmarks, have environmental or historic significance, or simply have a story that makes them extraordinary.

06.02.15

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.

04.22.15

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.

03.13.15

 
 
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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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GFC Holds Public Comment Period for Updated Timber Harvesting Activity Form
Pursuant to House Bill 199, updates have been made to the Timber Harvesting Activity Form and will go into effect July 1, 2015. A 30-day public comment period opens June 16, 2015 for all interested parties who would like to provide input on the updated form. Feedback will be accepted via email and during six public hearings throughout the state.
 
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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