The GFA is the leading advocate for a healthy business and political climate for Georgia’s forest environment, forest landowners and forest-based businesses. GFA promotes invasive species awareness through communication, education and programs to its membership and other interested sectors. Target audiences include forest landowners, industry leaders and experts, foresters, elected officials, and the conservation community. GFA has run several articles in its bi-monthly publication, Georgia Forestry Today, focusing on identification and the control and risk management of invasive species, such as cogongrass and red bay disease. In affected areas of the state, GFA also has provided speakers at regional meetings to give presentations in an effort to educate its membership, primarily forest landowners, of the dangers associated with invasive species. GFA attends the NRCS’s State Technical Committee meeting where cost share programs can/could be developed to target invasive species.