Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Magazine and Newsletter

Beginning 2017, the Georgia SFI Implementation partnered with Georgia Forestry Association and Georgia Forestry Commission to usher in a new publication, Georgia Forestry. This new publication focuses on telling the story of Georgia’s working forests, the landowners and producers who steward the land, and the manufacturers who are promoting innovative uses of wood. Visit Georgia Forestry’s site to check out the latest copy or to download past issues.

Prior to the Georgia Forestry magazine, for more than ten years, the GA-SIC publicized a Sustainable Forests newsletter for landowners, focused on various forestry topics. Past issues are available to download (pdf format) below.

2016: Climate Change & Your Forest
Scientfic evidence has validated a warming trend and these extended periods of extreme heat can take a toll on your forest. Download now.

2015: Timberland Taxation: Understanding Your Options
This issue of the Sustainable Forests is designed to provide Georgia forest landowners with more certainty around timber taxation. Download now.
2014: New Timber Security Law Provides Greater Protection for Landowners.
Selling timber is not something most landowners do every day; in fact, for many, it may be a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime event. Landowners should approach a timber sale like any major financial transaction, taking time to research their options and seek professional advice. Download now.
2013: Prescribed Fire
Prescribed fire can be a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure
ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire risk. Download now.
Layout 1 2012: Markets for Wood in Georgia
A healthy forest products industry and markets for wood means Georgia landowners can afford to sustain their forests, enjoying all of the non-timber benefits that forest provide; while being able to harvest timber and sell it at a fair price to help them maintain their forest. Download now.
Layout 1 2011: Tree Planting Still Profitable
While large corporate forest owners continue to replant harvested sites as usual, economic uncertainty and lower stumpage prices have many non-industrial forest landowners scratching their heads. A recent Georgia Forestry Commission study concludes that it still pays to plant pine trees. Download now.
Issue 6: The Water Quality Issue 2010:  Water Quality
Protecting water quality is an important part of the practice of sustainable forestry. Learn about the 7th Statewide Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) Implementation and Compliance Survey, designed to ensure that forestry activities are being conducted in a way that protects the state’s water resources. Download now.
SFI Newsletter Fall 2009 2009: Timber Stand Improvement
Profiles a family forest owner in the Georgia Piedmont with an eye toward practices and resources that you may be able to put to use on your land. Download now.
sfi_newsletter_fall_08_cover 2008: Harvesting
Provides landowners with information and tips on selling timber and planning a timber harvest. Addresses topics such as choosing a logger, critical forestry BMPs and contracts. Download now.
Layout 1 2007: Reforestation
An update on tree planting and the many factors influencing the growth and productivity of Southern forests. Also included are: Tips for Successful Reforestation, information on Longleaf pine restoration and U.S. forest area over time. Download now.
Layout 1 2006: Sustainable Forestry and Wildlife
Developed in cooperation with the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, topics include: Getting the “Big Picture on Wildlife Conservation”, a Q&A on Wildlife Action Plans and Wildlife Habitat “Issues & Solutions.” Download now.
Layout 1 2005: Forestry BMPs
Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are the focus of this issue that includes an overview of BMPs, a Q&A that provides some “Compelling Reasons to Follow BMPs” and tips on maintaining “visual quality” of your forest. Download now.

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