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Forestry

Overview

Georgia forests, located in the heart of the nation's "wood basket," cover some 24.8 million acres. In the past 10 years, total forest land has been gradually increasing. Forests now cover 67 percent of the land area statewide, making Georgia the largest timber-producing state in the southeastern U.S.

In 2004, 131 out 159 counties were greater than 50 percent forested.

Georgia is home to nearly 1,400 forest products manufacturers. The state is consistently ranked near the top in pulp and paper production and in the top ten lumber-producing states.

Artificial and natural reforestation and afforestation averages more than 406,000 acres per year. At the same time, the annual final harvest averages less than 322,000 acres. In spite of increasing demands on Georgia's forest, the state's timber inventories are higher than they were 10 years ago.

Through professional forest management, Georgia's largest renewable resource can meet society's demands well into the 21st century.

Georgia's forest-products industry is environmentally friendly, based on a renewable resource wisely managed by professional foresters. Forest products are recyclable and biodegradable, making them a natural choice for today's environmentally conscious consumers.

Publications

Commercial and Professional Publications

General Publications

To see other publications, go to the CAES Publications site or the FACS Publications listing.

News

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Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

External sites

  • Georgia Forestry Association
    Promotes the interests of Georgia's extractive and wood products industries on regulatory and legislative issues. Provides some educational resources, links and contacts.
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
    Includes extensive information on forest fires, forest management, and forest products.
  • Society of American Foresters
    Provides education, certification, career, and community resources for current and future forestry professionals.
  • US Forest Service
    Provides resources for forest protection and management, forestry research, local and federal government programs and government forestry employees.