Community Forestry Assistance Program (CFAP)

Through the CFAP program the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is using federal funding provided through the USDA Forest Service to assist small and large communities with projects that help build local capacity and a sustainable community forest in all regions of the state.

Georgia Forestry Commission's Community Foresters will provide initial technical advice and then work in partnership with the Georgia Urban Forest Council to connect communities with a qualified urban forestry consultant that will help effectively manage urban forestry projects and provide additional thorough, hands-on assistance from start to finish.

Priority projects include:

  • Certifying as a new Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA or Tree Line USA.
  • Conducting tree inventories and writing urban forest management plans for communities or urban greenspaces.
  • Developing or revising tree ordinances.
  • Understanding tree risk and developing local and regional community forest storm mitigation plans.
  • Receiving tree care training for municipal tree workers and tree boards on pruning, tree selection, tree planting, trees and construction and becoming a certified arborist.
  • Green stormwater infrastructure planning, tree canopy studies and iTree analyses.

To participate in the CFAP, send a one-page proposal including project objectives, activities, partnerships, time line and budget to Joan Scales. Projects will be selected based on needs and funding availability.