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Daily Update Oct 17Current Situation: The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing response and recovery efforts related to the clearing of debris from public roadways, public infrastructures, facilities and property to assist power companies with the restoration of electrical power to communities. The Incident Command Post is located in Tifton, Georgia. Kris Butler is the Incident Commander. 10 GFC chainsaw strike teams of 90 personnel are assigned. 20 personnel assigned to GFC dozers and 25 personnel are assigned to the GFC Incident Management Team. This will be the final update provided by the GFC IMT.

Partners and Cooperators: Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Directors, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC), Georgia Department of Agriculture (DOA), Georgia Search and Rescue (GSARS) and electrical power companies.

Planned Actions: Chainsaw strike teams are concentrating on clearing debris in Seminole County where the GFC IMT is working closely in cooperation with the local electrical power company to help clear the roads so power can be restored as quickly as possible.

  • Seminole County, Division A – 3 GFC chainsaw strike teams, 5 GDOT teams, 7 DNR teams working in 2 State Parks, and 6 DOC teams.
  • Early and Miller Counties, Division B – 3 GFC chainsaw strike teams, 2 GDOT teams, and 2 DNR teams.
  • Baker, Calhoun, Crisp, Colquitt, Dougherty, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Thomas and Worth Counties, Division C – 1 GFC chainsaw strike team, 1 GFC dozer strike team, 3 GDOT teams, and 5 DOC teams.
  • Decatur County, Division D – 2 GFC chainsaw strike teams, 1 GFC dozer strike team, 4 GDOT teams, and 8 DOC teams.

Crews will complete these assignments today and some will begin to demobilize this afternoon with a goal of having the entire IMT demobilized by Friday afternoon. Remaining debris clearance work will transition to the local district of the GDOT. The GDOT will manage debris clearing operations through the remainder of the declared state of emergency which runs through November 6, 2018.

Burn Permits: The GFC has resumed issuing permits in all counties for all types of burning EXCEPT Decatur, Seminole, Miller, Early, Mitchell and Baker Counties. For these 6 counties only hand piled natural vegetation (yard debris) permits/notification of intent to burn will be allowed at this time.

History: Hurricane Michael entered Georgia as a major hurricane on October 10th from the southwest near the Lake Seminole area where the Georgia, Florida and Alabama state lines converge. It continued as a hurricane with sustained winds above 74 mph into Thursday morning, October 11th, until reaching Bleckley and Twiggs Counties. Several tornadoes were reported in areas away from the hurricane’s main core path. A tremendous amount of downed trees and debris exists in areas where there is limited or restricted access by roads. Some local flooding has occurred and streams, creek and rivers have high and swift water. Several communities remain without power due to damaged poles, lines and substations damaged by high winds. Safety of personnel is of concern due to trees in tension that may snap or break, downed power lines, smoke from unauthorized debris burning, mold, insect bites and bee stings. A preliminary damage assessment shows approximately 3 million acres of timber damage with assessments continuing. A basic assessment of damaged community trees in public areas was conducted by GFC’s community foresters. The most significant damage was noted in and around the communities of Blakely, Colquitt, Donalsonville, Bainbridge, and Albany. A major disaster has been declared for Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, arly, Miller and Seminole Counties. Assistance is available for individuals in these counties, and in 31 counties for public assistance. More information is available at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

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Daily Update Oct 15

Current Situation: The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing response and recovery efforts related to the clearing of debris from public roadways, public infrastructures, facilities and property to assist power companies with the restoration of electrical power to communities. The Incident Command Post is located in Tifton, Georgia. Kris Butler is the Incident Commander. There is a tireless effort of continued commitment from the Georgia Forestry Commission staff, many of whom were impacted personally but have not yet returned home.

  • 10 GFC chainsaw strike teams of 90 personnel are assigned. 20 personnel assigned to GFC dozers and 25 personnel are assigned to the GFC Incident Management Team.

Partners and Cooperators: Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Directors, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC), Georgia Department of Agriculture (DOA), Georgia Search and Rescue (GSARS) and electrical power companies.

Planned Actions: The GFC IMT is coordinating assignments with the GDOT, DNR, DOC and GSARS chainsaw strike teams. The teams will continue to focus on clearing state and county roads as a priority in Seminole and Decatur Counties, and Early and Miller Counties, the hardest hit counties in southwest Georgia. Four divisions include:

  • Division A – Seminole
  • Division B – Early, Miller
  • Division C – Clay, Calhoun, Dougherty, Worth, Lee, Terrell, Crisp and Turner, Baker, Mitchell, Colquitt, Grady, Thomas
  • Division D – Decatur

An additional 3 teams from GSARS will assist today in Seminole County, and 19 DOT crews will join GFC forces across the region to focus specifically with electrical municipal corporations on clearing debris from utility rights-of-way. GFC’s helicopter and air operations resources are being utilized for a data collection flight to help identify and map road closures.

Safety of personnel is of concern due to trees in tension that may snap or break, downed power lines, smoke from unauthorized debris burning, mold, insect bites and bee stings. In remote areas, there are gas shortages. Businesses are remaining closed until power is restored.

Crews are assisting people on private property if lives are at risk or people are trapped and need medical attention. The Incident Management Team will continue to reach out to County EMA directors and utility companies.

Burn Permits Temporarily Suspended: The Georgia Forestry Commission has temporarily suspended the issuing of burning permits within the following counties: Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Worth.

History: Hurricane Michael entered Georgia as a major hurricane on October 10th from the southwest near the Lake Seminole area where the Georgia, Florida and Alabama state lines converge. It continued as a hurricane with sustained winds above 74 mph into Thursday morning, October 11th, until reaching Bleckley and Twiggs Counties. Several tornadoes were reported in areas away from the hurricane’s main core path. A tremendous amount of downed trees and debris currently exist where there is limited or restricted access by roads. Some local flooding has occurred and streams, creek and rivers have high and swift water. A preliminary damage assessment is showing approximately 3 million acres of timber has been damaged. Numerous communities remain without power due to damaged poles, lines and substations damaged by high winds. A basic assessment of damaged community trees in public areas is being conducted by GFC’s community foresters.

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Daily Update Oct 14

Current Situation: The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing response and recovery efforts related to the clearing of debris from public roadways, public infrastructures, facilities and property to assist power companies with the restoration of electrical power to communities. The Incident Command Post is located in Tifton, Georgia. Kris Butler is the Incident Commander. There is a tireless effort of continued commitment from the Georgia Forestry Commission staff, many of whom were impacted personally but have not yet returned home.

  • 10 GFC chainsaw strike teams of 90 personnel are assigned. 20 personnel assigned to GFC dozers and 25 personnel are assigned to the GFC Incident Management Team.

Partners and Cooperators: Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Directors, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC), Georgia Department of Agriculture (DOA), and electrical power companies.

Planned Actions: Today the GFC IMT assumed responsibility for coordinating assignments with the GDOT, DNR and DOC chainsaw strike teams. The teams will continue to focus on clearing state and county roads as a priority in the hardest hit counties in southwest Georgia based on current damage assessments. Three divisions include:

  • Division A – Seminole, Decatur, Grady and Thomas Counties
  • Division B – Early, Baker, Miller, and Mitchell and Colquitt Counties
  • Division C – Clay, Calhoun, Dougherty, Worth, Lee, Terrell, Crisp and Turner

Debris clearing teams from the GDOT are being released from less-affected areas to assist with this effort in Southwest Georgia as they are available. These teams consist of sawyers, loaders, dump trucks, backhoes and excavators.

Safety of personnel is of concern due to trees in tension that may snap or break, downed power lines, smoke from unauthorized debris burning, mold, insect bites and bee stings. In remote areas, there are gas shortages. Businesses are remaining closed until power is restored.

Crews are assisting people on private property if lives are at risk or people are trapped and need medical attention. The Incident Management Team will continue to reach out to County EMA directors to offer assistance with debris clearing on county roads now that most state roads are passable.

Burn Permits Temporarily Suspended for the following areas:

The Georgia Forestry Commission has temporarily suspended the issuing of burning permits within the 108 declared counties.

History: Hurricane Michael entered Georgia as a major hurricane on October 10th from the southwest near the Lake Seminole area where the Georgia, Florida and Alabama state lines converge. It continued as a hurricane with sustained winds above 74 mph into Thursday morning, October 11th, until reaching Bleckley and Twiggs Counties. Several tornadoes were reported in areas away from the hurricane’s main core path. A tremendous amount of downed trees and debris currently exist where there is limited or restricted access by roads. Some local flooding has occurred and streams, creek and rivers have high and swift water. A preliminary damage assessment is showing approximately 3 million acres of timber has been damaged. Numerous communities remain without power due to damaged poles, lines and substations damaged by high winds. A basic assessment of damaged community trees in public areas is being conducted by GFC’s community foresters.

Incident Management Team Information

  • Susan Granbery, Public Information Officer, 478-283-0705, sgranbery@gfc.state.ga.us
  • Follow Us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @GeorgiaForestryCommission #HurricaneMichael

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We hope to have a number of new applicants apply for this position in Coastal Georgia.

Job Number: NAT007X

Job Posting: Jul 20, 2018 – Closing Date: Aug 3, 2018

Primary Location: GA-Bulloch

Number of Openings: 1

Job: Natural Resources

Shift: Day Job

Advertised Salary: 46,750.00

Description:

Examples of duties:
1. Provide assistance to municipalities with
a. tree ordinance development/revision needs
b. technical assistance and aid in the development of Community Tree Boards, and training municipal tree-care workers
c. support for Tree City USA program, aid in certification, recertification and expansion of community involvement
d. seeking out grant opportunities and submitting grant applications

2. Assist communities with
a. long-range land use planning to minimize the impacts of development
b. storm mitigation planning and post-storm evaluations

3. Develop working relationships with grassroots and non-profit conservation groups and developers; working with local contacts in underserved areas to generate on-the-ground environmental projects

4. Work with communities, local fire departments, and GFC units to identify critical wildland/urban interface zones

5. Work with landowners on forest management issues and aiding small land owners in the development of forest/woodland management plans

6. Provide information and guidance on insect and disease problems and solutions for urban trees

7. Develop professional relationships with policy makers at state and local level and educate policy makers on critical issues relative to forestry in the state

8. Perform public relations activities including articles for local print, TV and radio appearances, educational presentations, and development of professional training programs

Minimum qualifications:  Completion of an undergraduate major in forestry or a related field at an accredited four year college or university, proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, excellent customer service and communication skills.  Must have experience speaking to small and large audiences about a variety of natural resources issues and experience working with local governments and private landowners. 

Qualifications:

Master’s degree relevant to the specific subprogram area from an Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited college or university can be substituted for two of the three years of job related forestry experience OR Bachelor’s degree in forestry, forest resources, or closely related area that includes core forestry coursework from an Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited college or university AND Three years of job related forestry experience OR One year of experience required at the lower level Forester 3 (NRP022) or position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications – External:

A standalone degree with an urban forestry major or an emphasis area in urban forestry within a forest management degree.  A minimum of one year experience providing assistance to communities/community groups/non-profits involved in urban forestry and urban interface issues. ISA Certified Arborist.

Apply Here before August 3.

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Have you seen the recent news?  Study on Urban Tree Loss Puts Georgia At Top Of List

Does your community struggle to understand the contribution trees provide to people every day? Do you need to justify your tree program with cost/benefit analysis? Are you interested in connecting trees to broad sustainability goals? i-Tree can help!

The Georgia Urban Forest Council, in partnership with the Davey Resource Group, the Georgia Forestry Commission, and the US Forest Service will host a workshop at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Sandy Springs on Wednesday, June 27, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. targeting the practical use of the on-line i-Tree benefits calculator tools.

The i-Tree development team has been adding new features to make calculating the value and benefits of trees both efficient and effective. However, the various tool can be overwhelming and industry professionals often don’t have time to wade through all the options to get results. During this 1/2 day workshop, you will gain an understanding of the latest i-Tree tools and how to quickly use this resource to generate tree benefits. Incorporated group discussion will spark ideas on ways to use tree benefit information in various outreach and promotion efforts.

REGISTER HERE. $20 – Lunch included!

7:30 a.m. – Check-in.
8:00 a.m. – Welcome and facilitated discussion
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Davey Resource Group will present on the i-Tree suite of tools. Focus will be placed on web based tools including: Canopy, Design, Planting, and MyTree.
11:30 a.m. – Facilitated discussion
12:00 p.m. – Lunch and networking

*** Bring your personal laptop or tablet computer to maximize workshop experience ***

Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Region. ISA CEUs applied for.

 

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Here’s the latest edition of the Community Tree News newsletter with information on green infrastructure, watering newly planted trees, eLearn Urban Forestry, Vibrant Cities Lab, upcoming events and a new arboriculture/urban forestry degree program at UGA.

Community Tree News – April 2018 (link to PDF).

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