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  • In 2016, 875 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) traps were distributed across the state by USDA – APHIS, GFC and USFS. At this time, EAB has been detected in four new counties: Bartow, Gilmer, Rabun and Union. This brings the total number of counties with Emerald Ash Borer present up to twenty-three. Please see the website below for the list of all counties with EAB present. With the addition of the 4 new counties this year, it is proposed that the quarantine move to a regional level quarantine. A map of the proposed quarantine area can be found on the following website: . The Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Department of Agriculture are taking comments on these proposed changes to the quarantine area for a 30 day period. Written comments will be accepted until September 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm EST. New regulations will go into effect in October 2016. Comments can be submitted on-line at the website listed above or via U.S. mail (or other carrier) but must reach the GFC by the above date and time to be considered. Mailing / physical address is: Georgia Forestry Commission,Attn: Robert Farris, Director, 5645 Riggins Mill Road' Dry Branch, GA 31020.
  • Last year, the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) polled attendees at the Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Pittsburgh and learned that you'd like to have more input into Council activities. We listened to your feedback and have worked diligently this year to gather additional input from our Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) constituencies throughout the country. As we prepare to finalize the 2016 UCF Challenge Cost Share Grant Program, please take the time to complete this brief survey and help inform the categories for our next grant cycle!

    Please feel free to forward this link to anyone that you think might be interested in participating.
  • Make sure your community forest is prepared for the next storm! GUFC presents "Ice Storm 2014: Lessons Learned in Urban Forestry - Preparing for Nature's Next Big Event" October 22-23 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. More details and registration at
  • The American Forest Foundation (AFF) announced that Georgia State Forester Robert Farris and the Georgia Forestry Commission are the 2014 recipients of the Sustained Excellence Award. The award is presented each year by AFF to a state forestry agency partner who has been a strong advocate and supporter of sustainably managed family forests and AFF programs, including The American Tree Farm System and Project Learning Tree. The American Tree Farm System provides private landowners with the tools and resources they need to be stewards of our country’s forests, while Project Learning Tree is designed to bring environmental education to the next generation. The Georgia Forestry Commission has also been instrumental in the creation of American Grove as part of their urban and community forestry program. Congratulations, Georgia may be at the bottom of many lists but it is at the top of community forestry!
  • Attending GUFC's Tree Canopy and Green Infrastructure in Columbus Georgia. Topic #1: Using GIS to gather data for GI. Topic #2: Urban development impact on watersheds. Developing forests creates flashy conditions. Forests act as a "kidney Function" for watersheds.
  • Looking for great trees in Metro Atlanta.  Be sure to check out Trees Atlanta's Champion Tree Map

    How about hidden forests in Georgia.  Go tot heGeorgia Urban Forests Notable Forests.  Scroll to the bottom for the map. 

  • So glad to be a member!

  • GA Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Meeting at Griffin, GA

    November 8, 2012 from 9am to 4pm

    Stuckey Conference Center, UGA1109 Experiment StreetGriffin, GeorgiaKeynote SpeakerDouglas W.…

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    Contact: Dave Teffeteller FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    404-895-3940 Date: October 2, 2012
    Donna Shearer, founder and Chairman of Save Georgia’s Hemlocks (SGH), is a finalist for the 2012 Cox Conserves Heroes award for her work to save north Georgia’s Eastern (Canadian) Hemlock and Carolina Hemlock. These species are in grave danger of being wiped out by an imported Asian insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. The winner, to be selected by popular on-line vote October 1 – 29, will receive a substantial monetary gift for his/her nonprofit organization. You can help increase awareness of this important issue and funding for SGH programs by voting.
    Under Donna’s leadership, SGH has established educational programs to raise the public’s awareness of the dire consequences of losing the hemlocks and the practical solutions available to save them, developed in-depth training for volunteers who provide hemlock-related advice and assistance to others in their communities, offers charitable service to aid property owners who have limited financial resources for hemlock treatment, and supplies volunteer labor to public land managers such as the U. S. Forest Service to help with hemlock treatment in Georgia’s hemlock conservation areas.
    "It is a great honor to receive this recognition for our work to save the hemlocks," Shearer said. "It will help to increase the public's awareness of the crisis that threatens the beauty and environmental balance of Georgia’s mountain ecosystem as well as the economic health of communities that rely heavily on tourism and outdoor recreation such as hiking and trout fishing, and the monetary award will enable SGH to expand our educational and charitable service efforts on behalf of these magnificent trees."
    Please vote for vote for Donna and Save Georgia's Hemlocks! From October 1 – 29, go to for the voting site, watch the video profiles, and cast your vote.
    Save Georgia’s Hemlocks is a 100% volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving, conserving, and restoring endangered hemlocks through education and charitable service. To learn more, please visit or call the Hemlock Help LineSM 706-429-8010.

  • From Sustainable Community Forestry, A Program of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

    Fall Leaf Report for the Weekend of Oct. 20th


    Some pretty fall foliage is beginning to appear in northwest Georgia. Hickories are just starting to turn yellow and sourwoods are a brilliant orange-red. You’ll see deep hues of purplish reds in dogwoods, blackgums and sweetgums, while maples are bursting forth with orange and red. Oaks are slowly fading into shades of crimson.

    There is still a good amount of time left in the season, but leaves have been slow to turn so far. Peak in northwest Georgia is usually around the last week in October.

    For a scenic trip this weekend, consider the Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway atop the mountain at Highways 157 and 189. You’ll find beautiful views of Cloudland Canyon from the overlook and along the trails. MurrayCounty, Grassy Mountain, the Mill Creek overlook and area around Fort Mountain State Park are also showing some beautiful fall color.


    Upper elevations are still the big show in northeast Georgia, but color is beginning to develop across the entire region. Georgia Forestry Commission foresters estimate a 30-percent color change has occurred. The hickories and poplars are showing great yellows and golds, and maples are coming on strong with shades of yellow, orange and red. The poplars and birches are starting to loose the leaves, along with the black gums. The dogwoods are not as vibrant with red and burgundy this year, but there is still strong understory color from the gums, sassafras, and sumac, also in the deep purple to red, orange and yellow hues. Higher elevations are turning fast (about 50 to 70 percent) and cooler temperatures this week should speed things up. Peak color is predicted in about two weeks.

    Weather forecasts indicate a terrific weekend ahead. Here are two good scenic outing options: From Dahlonega, take GA 60 to Morganton. Or, from Calhoun, take GA 53 to Jasper and then go north to Blairsville or Morganton. GA 60 is a favorite route for motorcycles any weekend. Add color to the trip and traffic may get heavy along this route, so be aware.

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