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.
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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.
Whether just thinning out a forest or harvesting an entire crop, every day, loggers select and remove trees that will become the paper products, home goods and other materials that we all need and use.
For each resident of our state, more than 21 trees are planted annually on private land to protect Georgia’s water, air and land. Landowners are annually planting more than 200,000,000 trees for a net increase of 48 percent more trees than are harvested each year.
More than 5,000 – that’s how many products come from Georgia forests. The list includes the obvious, like printer paper and wood chips, but also the more surprising, such as toothpaste, insulation and even artificial kidney membranes.
Part of Georgia’s Heritage
For more than three hundred years, Georgia’s growth has been rooted in forestry. And while harvesting and reforestation practices have changed a lot since the early 18th century, the need for thriving, working forests has not.
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 committed to raising up the next generation of forestry advocates who will protect those trees and the jobs they support. And by arming these current and future leaders with the facts, we empower them to spread this message – Georgia’s wellbeing is rooted in thriving forests.
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.
Providing a Connection to the Land
We support some leading conservation and environmental education nonprofits to bring state-of-the-art educational opportunities to our children. These programs include partnerships with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), Trees Atlanta, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center that connect more than 10,000 students with the land and train nearly 2,000 educators on the importance of forests to our state.
Building Environmental Sustainability
We provide research and analysis to support private forest landowners who serve as stewards of working forests and provide the greatest at-scale solution for watershed management, carbon sequestration and wildlife habitat.
Ensuring Economic Prosperity
Working forests are managed sustainably to provide the products we need today, and in the future. We provide market research and analysis that focuses on keeping forests as forests, mitigating the spread of development and ensuring conservation of greenspace throughout the state.
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