MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) - The Georgia Forestry Commission is collecting thousands of popular seeds in Mitchell County for the first time in 6 years.
Around 40 GFC members from several Southwest Georgia counties gathered at the Greenough Fire Department Monday morning to collect 3,000 bushels of Longleaf pine cones.
Forestry officials say the collection process is also being used as disaster response exercise.
"We made an incident of it so we can collect as many cones as we can, so that our nursery have a good supply for years to come," said Lester Green, Worth County Chief Ranger.
"We're using our type three incident management team to get training, so if we have a fire or any natural disaster, we 're prepared for it by having all of these resources here, " said Trent Ingram, Georgia Forestry Commission District Manager
The last time the Forestry Commission collected longleaf pine cones in Mitchell County was in 2008.
After the collection wraps up in two weeks, the seed will be taken to Macon for processing and sent to a nursery. Landowners and tree planters will then be able to purchase the seedlings.
The last time the Forestry Commission collected long-leaf pine cones was in 2008.
For more information on how to purchase the seedlings, click HERE.