Chip Bates is the Forest Health Coordinator for The Georgia Forestry Commission. He is a graduate of Auburn University (1985) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. He began his career in 1986 worked with a consultant firm from 1986 -1990. Here he received valuable knowledge in all aspects of general forest management.
In 1990 he transferred to the Georgia Forestry Commission and has twenty-seven years of experience working with the Forest Management and Fire control Departments. His primary responsibilities are to coordinate the programs conducted by The Forest Health Management Staff, and to respond to new non-native invasive plants, insects, and diseases that are introduced into the United States. Particular emphasis is place on early detection and rapid response for new invasive pests that have the potential to damage the forests of Georgia. Chip is a member of The Georgia Invasive Species Task Force, Sudden Oak Death Action Committee, Southern Forest Insect Work Group, and the Laurel Wilt Working Group.
The Forest Health Management Group is responsible for providing leadership in Forest Health Management issues, forming partnerships to work with Federal, State, and private cooperators, and providing technical assistance to the landowners of Georgia.