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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
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It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia has more acres of privately owned forest land than any other state in the country. The industry is vital to the state's economy, and that industry seems to have a solid future.
You don't have to drive far in South Georgia to find forests. After all there are 24 million acres of forest in Georgia. All of those trees are critical to the state's economy.
"The timber industry in the state of Georgia contributes approximately 118,000 jobs," said Tom Lambert of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
The economies in more than one fifth of the counties in the state are closely tied to the timber industry, so figuring out how forests are doing is important.
Some findings in an annual report by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the U.S. Forest Service may surprise you.
"The survey revealed that there's been more wood raised than harvested since 1972 until 2010," said Lambert.
Much of that planting has been on the farm. With center pivots increasingly becoming the only way to water, once square plots of crops have lost their edges.
Lambert said, "the land that they've set aside and not utilized they've planted in trees."
While there has also been some growth in public ownership of land since the 1970s, that doesn't totally explain the higher number of trees.
Most of the acres of forested land are in the hands of private individuals or companies. Sometimes they're not quite sure what to do with all these acres that they have.
So there are companies that are there to help them. Companies such as this consulting firm, F & W Forestry in Albany.
"Initially we'll go out and assess the property, look at it. Determine the health of the timber on the property," said Chad Hancock of F & W Forestry.
Then they recommend solutions for the owner. While those recommendations vary, leaving it as forest is sometimes the best strategy and staying with that strategy is important.
Hancock said, "Forestry is not a quick fix. It takes time to manage a forest and get it in the proper condition."
Properly managed, land that's held on to could gain value in the near term. But even holding on to it for future generations has its benefits for the environment.
"Trees have always been there to se quest carbon out of the atmosphere," Chad Hancock said.
For Georgia's economic future as well.
You can see the latest forestry report on the Georgia Forestry Commission's web site.
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