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Forestry to be topic of Savannah discussion

POSTED: December 4, 2017 1:57 p.m.
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The Georgia Forestry Commission is helping put on the discussion as part of a statewide tour to promote the industry.

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A tour to learn Georgians’ hopes and concerns about forestry will present a "Tree Talk" in Savannah at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Savannah Economic Development Authority.

Andres Villegas, president and CEO of the Georgia Forestry Association, and Chuck Williams, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission, are hosting the event. Landowners, industry representatives and interested citizens are invited.

"As the newly appointed director of the GFC, it’s my privilege to meet with people across the state," Williams said. "Every single person in Georgia is impacted by forestry in some way, and the GFC protects and conserves our forest resource through leadership, service and education. There’s no better way to learn people’s thoughts and concerns than to get together face to face."

"Georgia is the number one forestry state in the nation," Villegas said. "With 22 million acres of commercially available timberland, we’re the national leader in forest products trade and have a $32 billion economic impact on our state. That means we have an important impact on people’s livelihoods and the environment. And a responsibility to always listen."

Tree Talk sessions are casual, with Williams and Villegas sharing information about their organizations. Topics will include markets for forest products, protection from wildfire, communication with lawmakers and individual involvement. Time for questions and answers is allocated.

Organizers want attendees to leave feeling informed and involved. To attend, RSVP to mailto:tom@gfagrow.org%20and specify the city in which the event is being held. A meal will be reserved so an accurate head count is required.

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