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Ga. Forestry Commission recognizes area employees

ByChad J. Johnson

Mar 3, 2022

March 3 – ATLANTA – Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) employees working in “Zone 9, Camilla,” a 15-county region in the southwestern part of the state, have won the “Zone of year” of the agency.

The annual honor is bestowed by the GFC’s Department of Forest Protection, which manages wildfire preparedness across the state. The criteria were measured in the categories of performance and productivity, safety and achievement.

Zone 9 stretches across the southwest corner of Georgia from the Alabama line to Echols County and includes Colquitt County.

“Under the leadership of Area Fire Management Officer Darren Martin, this team demonstrated remarkable accomplishments at a time when normal operations were anything but normal,” said Tim Lowrimore, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. “Despite the challenges of COVID-19, vacancies and restrictions, this team achieved impeccable marks across the board and is well deserving of this recognition.”

The zone team is praised for keeping the average wildfire size below five acres and for responding quickly and appropriately to reported wildfires with an average response time of less than five minutes, according to a statement from Forestry Commission press. Zone 9 employees have performed more firewall installation services for landowners than any other GFC zone and have maintained a 99% implementation score for water quality protection against stormwater runoff into streams, rivers and lakes through the installation of best management practices. They have served as subject matter experts during prescribed fires, saved $271,000 in agency funds through their competent management of construction projects, and served in wild land suppression firefighting capabilities. out west last summer.

“The bar for the GFC is set high,” Lowrimore said. “Many of our team members have made exceptional progress over the past year, and it’s clear that the staff at Area 9 is resolutely focused on providing high quality service to Georgia State.”

For more information on Georgia Forestry Commission services, visit GaTrees.org.