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

147,000+

jobs provided

At-Home Education Resources

We are working with Georgia Project Learning Tree and the Georgia Forestry Commission to provide fun and informative forestry and environmental education resources. Sign up to our email list!

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 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.

Latest News & Information

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

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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.

Leadership

The leaders who champion our mission every day.

Andres Villegas

President & CEO
andres@gfagrow.org

Robert Farris

Ecosystem Services Program Manager
farris@gffgrow.org

Matt Hestad

Media & Communications
matt@gfagrow.org

Jo Hodges

Development Director
jo@gffgrow.org

Amanda Rollins

Education & Outreach Coordinator
amanda@gffgrow.org

Board of Trustees

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

Ken Stewart

Chairman
Georgia Institute of Technology (Retired)

Dr. Johnny Bembry

Landowner

Mac Peden

Landowner

Lee Rhodes

Rhodes Land & Timber

Tiffanie Starr

Timberland Investment Resources

Wesley Langdale

Vice Chairman
Landowner

Dr. Lindsay Boring

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

Jon Harris

AgSouth Farm Credit

Robert Pollard

Pollard Lumber Company

Ben Vaughn

Attorney

Jimmy Allen

Treasurer
Pike Creek Turf Farms, Inc.

Lee Dickey

Dickey Farms

John Mulcahey

Georgia-Pacific

Cliff Pyron

Georgia Ports Authority

Todd Mullis

Forest Resource Consultants

Partners

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