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One Tree Planted funds oak seedlings for North Georgia landowners

One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization geared toward reforestation, is providing funding to purchase oak tree seedlings for private landowners in North Georgia. The funds will be used to purchase GFC seedlings, which will be given to qualified landowners.

The first signup period runs through Sept. 20. To apply, complete a “One Tree Planted” seedling application and return to your local GFC Forester. The application must be signed by the landowner. The list of applicants will be compiled and randomly selected if necessary. Approvals will be announced by Sept. 25.

A GFC forester will visit the sites of all approved applicants and develop a tree planting plan for the acreage involved. The plan will quantify the acreage and address site preparation and planting specifications. The applicant must agree to follow the plan in order to receive seedlings. The seedling application of all approved applicants will be mailed directly to the GFC nursery and seedlings will be delivered as directed on the form.

A GFC Forester will visit the site after planting to ensure that the reforestation plan was followed. In the case that the plan was not followed or the designated area was not planted, the landowner will be required to pay for the portion of trees not properly utilized.

General guidelines: The planting area must be a minimum of 2 acres in size; the oak species selected should be commercial, native and match the site; a mixture of red and white oak species is preferred; funding can go toward cost-share program participants but will receive lower priority; the site must be ready for planting during the 2019-2020 planting season.

For more information, visit or contact State Forester Michael Sampson at 706-546-2421 or