The Appling County unit of the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is crediting the recent rainfall for contributing to a decline in wildfires this year.
“Escaped debris burning is the number one cause of wildfire,” said Pete Rewis Chief Ranger of the Appling Co. Unit (GFC). People in our area are doing a good job of going online or calling us to get a burn-permit before they burn. That helps ensure conditions are safe for burning on any given day, and allows us to respond quickly to problems, should they arise. Chief Ranger Rewis said, “A variety of services are available to residents who want to plant trees this season or would like assistance with forestlands they own.”
“The GFC offers a good variety of “Pine” and “Hardwood” seedlings. They can be purchased in quantities as low as 10 trees, so there’s something for people with any size of property,” said Rewis. The GFC website (GATrees.org) gives a list of seedling selections and has details about ordering and delivery.
Chief Ranger Rewis also reminds landowners of larger tracts that its time to contact the GFC about other forest management services, including harrowing, pre-suppression fire break plowing, mechanical fuel treatment for fuel reduction and assistance with prescribed burning.
The GFC’s Appling County Unit is located on U.S. #1 at 4309 Hatch Parkway South in Baxley and can be reached at 912-366-1000. Visit the GFC website for complete details about services of the Georgia Forestry Commission at GAfTrees.org.