2011-11-10 / Front Page

Wilkes timber people hear from Kemp on forestry


Attending the recent forestry forum were (l-r) Dr. Flora Tydings, president of Athens Technical College; Brian Kemp, tree farmer and Georgia Secretary of State; Mark Wiles, forester and Water Quality Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission. Attending the recent forestry forum were (l-r) Dr. Flora Tydings, president of Athens Technical College; Brian Kemp, tree farmer and Georgia Secretary of State; Mark Wiles, forester and Water Quality Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission. Wilkes County master timber harvesters and foresters took part in a two-day forestry forum in White Plains October 18-19 hosted by Athens Technical College.

The yearly two-day forum hosts master timber harvesters and foresters from Wilkes, Elbert, and Greene counties as well as other counties across the state.

The Athens Technical College program was started in 2008 to provide quality continuing education classes for the timber harvesters and foresters. This year’s topics included forest wildlife management, current forest health issues, IT4 engines, illegal drug operations, and road and stream crossings.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp was a guest speaker during the luncheon on Wednesday, October 19. The Secretary of State’s office governs the licensing of registered foresters, and Secretary Kemp is a partner in Plantation Partners, LLC, a tree farm that has won the distinguished Certified Forest Steward award from the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Georgia’s Tree Farmer of the Year award from the Georgia Forestry Association in 2009.

In his comments, Kemp discussed Governor Nathan Deal’s Competitiveness Initiative and stressed the importance of efficiency in state government and the licensing process, and asked for process improvement suggestions as the audience used the services of the Secretary of State’s office.

Program instructors included experts from the Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Flint Equipment Company, the U.S Department of Justice, and the Georgia National Guard.

For more information concerning the master timber harvesters and foresters continuing education program at Athens Technical College, contact Brenda Moody at 706-369-5763.

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