Property taxes have been among the top concerns for forest landowners in Georgia for many years. For many of them, property taxes represent the most significant annual costs associated with forestland ownership. Three preferential tax programs have been established to help qualifying landowners reduce their property taxes: the Preferential Agricultural Assessment program, the Conservation Use Valuation program (CUVA), and the Forest Land Protection Act program (FLPA).
Each year, wild pigs cause approximately $150 million in damage in Georgia and over $2.5 billion in damage nationwide. They are well established in the state and throughout the Southeast.
Wild pigs have the greatest reproductive potential of any animal their size on the planet. Sows are capable of breeding as young as 4-6 months of age. They can have two litters per year and litters average 4-6 piglets. Sows are very protective of piglets and juvenile survival may be as high as 90%.
Scratching your head about sudden wintertime pine tree browning? Noticing signs of tree stress such as thinning crowns, dying branches, or even a dead terminal leader (the top part of the tree)?
One of Georgia’s most plentiful assets might be a key to help the state combat global climate change.
The state is covered with trees—Georgia is almost 60% forested—and each tree has the ability to offset carbon that’s emitted into the atmosphere. But the amount of carbon, the cost of that sequestration, and potential for new jobs in rural parts of the state are all questions to be answered.
The dozen or so women gathered in the bright, wood-paneled room knew they had big plans in the works. But what they didn’t know was that they were making history.
Rachel Hardegree spent her summer watching for feral hogs in Japan.
The morning’s air felt thick. It wasn’t ideal.
As the students gathered into the wood-paneled classroom at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, Mark Melvin bit his lip. The plans that day called for their first hands-on prescribed burn, at a pie-shaped piece of land near Ichauway’s skeet range. Conditions weren’t terrible, but they weren’t great.
Melvin, prescribed fire management specialist at the Jones Center who is instrumental in teaching an annual spring break course in prescribed burning, remained hopeful. More or less.
The view out Jared Flowers’ office window has changed a bit in the past year.
Flowers (BSFR ’04) is marine biologist supervisor for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division. Last August, he could see boats drifting by as they headed out of Oglethorpe Bay and Brunswick’s port. But today, the view is dominated by barges, cranes and a 665-foot cargo ship lying on its side.
Keeping up with changes in Georgia’s property tax laws is a full-time job, and a new book shows the fruits of these efforts.
Hurricane Michael had a devastating impact on the timber industry in south Georgia. Many forest landowners suffered catastrophic or severe timber losses due to the event. The Georgia General Assembly enacted HB 4EX in November of 2018 and an amendment (HB 446) in April of 2019.