Forestry Matters

In Georgia, privately-owned, working forests cover two-thirds of the state at more than 22 million acres. These forests are managed by private landowners who steward the economic and environmental benefits provided to all Georgia citizens.

17 billion

m³ avoided water runoff

18 million

tons of carbon absorbed


jobs provided

Healthy Forests = Clean Water

We are working to explore ecosystem services market structures to pay forest landowners for providing clean, abundant water supplies. You are invited to attend a virtual forum in one of four priority watersheds to provide feedback and perceptions on the potential market structures.

Learn more and register for an upcoming virtual forum near you!

Latest News & Information

Stay informed on the latest projects and initiatives of the Georgia Forestry Foundation.

Read Forestry News

Learn Forestry Career Skills!

Check out our new online game designed to help high school students learn about the forestry industry and career employability skills, including hiring personnel, solving industry-related problems, and making sound business decisions.  Learn More!

Support Working Forests Every Mile

You can now show your love for working forests with the Georgia Forestry Foundation license plate. For each plate that is purchased, the Foundation receives $20. Learn more and get your plate today!

Sustainably Managed, Working Forests

When most people think about forests, they picture shady groves or state parks. But in Georgia, it's working forests that cover the majority of the land area in the state. These forests are planted, harvested and replanted, providing millions of Georgians with resources they depend on every day.

Mission & Vision

Covering two-thirds of Georgia, working forests are a vital part of our economic, environmental and cultural ecosystem. That’s why we’re focused on ensuring the long-term sustainability of Georgia’s forests by reconnecting youth and adults to the land and by demonstrating working forests’ environmental, educational and economic importance to our state.

Connecting Georgia to its Roots

Georgia Forestry Foundation’s focus is to conserve our working forests and their benefits while providing educational opportunities to Georgia students and delivering long-term environmental and economic benefits throughout the state.

Leaders & Collaborators

Protecting forestry in Georgia isn’t just the mission of our organization. It’s a responsibility we share with our ecosystem of advocates and supporters.


The leaders who champion our mission every day.

Andres Villegas

President & CEO

Robert Farris

Ecosystem Services Program Manager

Matt Hestad

Media & Communications

Jo Hodges

Development Director

Amanda Rollins

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Board of Trustees

The day-to-day leaders and trusted advisors who are stewarding our growth.

Ken Stewart

Georgia Institute of Technology (Retired)

Dr. Johnny Bembry


Mac Peden


Lee Rhodes

Rhodes Land & Timber

Tiffanie Starr

Timberland Investment Resources

Wesley Langdale

Vice Chairman

Dr. Lindsay Boring

J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway (Retired)

Jon Harris

AgSouth Farm Credit

Robert Pollard

Pollard Lumber Company

Ben Vaughn


Jimmy Allen

Pike Creek Turf Farms, Inc.

Lee Dickey

Dickey Farms

John Mulcahy


Cliff Pyron

Georgia Ports Authority

Todd Mullis

Forest Resource Consultants


Organizations who support our mission of connecting Georgia to its roots.