Georgia County Government - Fall 2013 - (Page 71)

FEATURE Talking Trees with Georgia’s County Commissioners A prescribed burn helps manage forest fuels and decreases wildfire’s damaging potential. Photo courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission. By Stasia Kelly >> According to a University of Georgia report, Georgia forests provide $37 billion in ecosystem services annually. Allison Segrest is making tracks. Over the last year, the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) communications specialist has travelled throughout the state sharing news about Georgia’s forest land. “Georgia’s ecosystems are so diverse,” said Segrest. “It’s wonderful to see them up close and talk to community leaders and landowners about their needs and how GFC can serve them.” Segrest is charged with helping Georgia’s local officials understand threats to and benefits of the state’s 24.6 million acres of forest land. Armed with a GPS, cell phone, PowerPoint presentations and other information, Segrest puts her knowledge to work on behalf of one of Georgia’s most valuable resources. “My job is to raise awareness, so county commissioners and the public can see how important our forests are,” Segrest said. “In meetings, interviews and speeches, I’m sharing Georgia’s Forest Action Plan, which is a great tool to help people understand what’s at stake and what they can do about it.” Georgia’s Forest Action Plan Georgia’s Forest Action Plan (FAP) is the condensed version of the Georgia Statewide Forest Resources Assessment and the Forest Resources Strategy produced by GFC as required by the 2008 Farm Bill. The Assessment provides a science-based foundation that analyzes forest conditions and trends in the state and defines priority rural and urban forest landscape areas. The Strategy addresses top priority issues identified by the Assessment and served as the basis for formulating the five-year plan. The plan underscores the GFC vision of healthy, sustainable forests providing clean air, clean water and abundant products for future generations. Sustainable forests are defined as forests that meet the environmental, economic and social needs of the present without compromising those capabilities for the future. FALL 2013 71

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
UGA’s Archway Partnership: Empowerment for Georgia’s Communities
Oglethorpe County: Focusing on the Benefi ts of Protecting Rural Roots
Eliminating Risks: LGRMS Celebrates 25 Years
Where Do We Stand? One Year after Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform
Understanding the Impacts of Juvenile Justice Reform
New Jail Facilities: Counties Focus on New Technology and Capacity to Expand
2013 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Hospital Survival: Informed County Commissioners Can Preserve Local Health Care
Federal New: More Gridlock and Uncertainty May Be Expected in Washington for FY 2014
Slice by Slice: Students Learn About the Signifi cance of Agriculture on Pizza Farms
Talking Trees with Georgia’s County Commissioners
Partner News: Value at the Heart of the Unique Gas South-ACCG Partnership
Commercial Swimming Pool Renovations Do’s and Don’ts
Counties & The Law: The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Georgia Counties
Legal News: Bidding in Georgia: What to Do When the Lowest
Conference Preview: Legislative Leadership
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Fall 2013