The Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation representing state forestry agencies within the 13 southeastern United States, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. SGSF members collectively provide leadership, coordination, expertise and resources to sustain the economic, environmental, health and societal benefits of southern forests. This includes the delivery of regional support needed to address existing and emerging issues related to sustainable forest management, forest health, water resources, urban and community forestry, forest product markets, wildfire protection, conservation education and disaster response. 

SGSF Announcements

USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. [... Read More]

NEW BLOG: 10 Things You May Not Know About Wildfire Deployments

Recently, the United States shifted into Wildfire Preparedness Level 5, the highest possible level of wildfire activity on the scale. This preparedness level indicates the numbers of firefighting resources, specifically incident management teams, overhead, crews, aircraft and equipment, deployed to battle wildfires nationally. [... Read More]

SGSF Supports Release of Disaster Reforestation Act

“For too long, forest landowners have had to deal with unnecessary tax challenges in the wake of natural disasters, so we applaud the bipartisan regional leadership of Representatives Sewell and Carter on the Disaster Reforestation Act,” said Scott Phillips, Chair of the Southern Group of State Foresters. [... Read More]


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