LOGGING AND TIMBER HARVEST
The Georgia Forestry Commission assists landowners with timber management, timber marketing, conservation, and management of forest resources. Their website provides several resources on where to find consulting foresters in your county, timber prices, cost share programs, and valuable information on being an informed steward of your woodlands. The Commission also has a program specially designed for small woodlands owners called the Small Landowner Program
When it’s time to harvest your timber, you want a well-trained, professional logger. The Georgia Master Timber Harvester (GAMTH) program is a logger education program offered by the University of Georgia’s Center for Forest Business. Find out more about this program and verify that your logger is a GAMTH.
CONSERVATION EASEMENTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Through the Land Trust Alliance you can find several land trusts operating locally and statewide in Georgia that will help you protect your land.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has a Wildlife Resources Division specifically designed to conserve, enhance, and promote Georgia’s wildlife resources, fish, and protected plants. They provide special programs for wildlife (both game and nongame) conservation and wildlife management.
The Georgia Wildlife Federation also provides programs and educational materials on Georgia’s wildlife and how you can be an active advocate of your state’s wildlife and natural resources conservation.
FORESTRY EXTENSION SERVICE
The University of Georgia Forestry Extension assists and educates landowners and professionals on best practices for sustainable and healthy forests and natural resources. The extension provides information and links to help you successfully manage your woodlands.
OTHER PROGRAMS FOR WOODLAND OWNERS
Are you looking for like-minded individuals to discuss woodland topics, practices, and issues? Visit Georgia’s National Woodland Owners Association.
The American Tree Farm System provides valuable resources on how to be a forest steward. Visit the Georgia Tree Farm Program to learn more.