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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., July 16, 2017

Events Completed in FY 2017
December 1, 2016 to date

Thurs., Dec. 8, 2016

Hemlock Field Insectary Planting: SGH launched its Hemlock Field Insectary Program with a project on the campus of the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.  On an east-facing hillside behind the predator beetle lab, twenty-five volunteers  from UNG, SGH, and the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners planted 24 healthy hemlock saplings that will ultimately be used for raising predator beetles to control the hemlock woolly adelgid.   During the planting the trees were given a 5-year HWA protection treatment to allow them to grow large enough to serve as insectary trees.

Thurs., Dec. 15, 2016

Brown Bag Lecture Series:  SGH gave a presentation at Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville about the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save the trees, why it's so important to do so, and how volunteers can help.   The thirteen attendees asked dozens of very good questions and several expressed an interest in becoming volunteers to help save the hemlocks.

Tues., Dec. 20, 2016

Hemlock Treatment Project at Tallulah Gorge:  Sixteen volunteers from SGH, the Georgia DNR, and Americore worked together to treat 225 hemlocks in Tallulah Gorge State Park near Clayton.  The site is an environmentally sensitive area of Rabun County that is home to an extremely rare species of wildflower -- persistent trillium.   These beautiful but endangered shade-loving plants are growing under, and highly dependent on, a five-acre canopy of hemlocks which themselves are threatened by the hemlock woolly adelgid. 

Sun., Jan. 15

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting:  Held at the home of Donna Shearer, this meeting served as the kick-off for what promises to be a very busy and productive year in 2017.  Click here for the meeting notes.

Mon., Jan. 16

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Hope you all went out and did a good thing in your community today!

Tues., Jan. 17

TU Tailwater Chapter logo

SGH Presentation to TU:  SGH gave a presentation to 11 members of the Trout Unlimited Tailwater Chapter about the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save the trees, why it's so important to do so, and how volunteers can help.   In addition, special materials highlighted the importance of hemlocks to the health of local trout populations, our new joint initiative for hemlock canopy restoration on trout streams, and opportunities to work together on behalf of the forests and waterways we share.

Fri., Jan. 20

SGH Sapling Rescue and Potting Tutorial:  John Shearouse, technical advisor for our saplings program, conducted an in-depth field lesson for 5 members of our Leadership Team on the proper techniques for digging hemlock saplings and seedlings and potting them for future use.   We learned about optimal conditions for digging, specimen selection, maintenance between digging and potting, branch and root pruning, nutritional requirements, and storage considerations.

He also share with us the foundations for establishing distributed sapling nurseries in several counties across north Georgia.  THANKS, JOHN!

Tues., Jan. 31
& Wed., Feb. 1

 

More dates to come

USFS Landscape Foothills Collaboration Workshops:  Based on the information gathered by the U.S. Forest Service during their Community Conversations meeting during the fall of 2016, they have announced four workshops that will be held between now and the end of August.  Their invitation states, “These workshops will be focused on developing a plan that will be used to create a proposed action for the Foothills Landscape. This is a great opportunity to share your views, discuss ideas, and interact with other members of the collaboration community and Forest Service employees -- a time to roll up your sleeves and really get to work!”

The first one was held on January 31 and February 1 in Dahlonega. 

Tues., Feb. 7

SGH Presentation to TU:  SGH gave a presentation to 30 members of the Trout Unlimited Gold Rush Chapter about the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save the trees, why it's so important to do so, and how volunteers can help.  

In addition, the program highlighted our new joint initiative for hemlock canopy restoration on trout streams and opportunities to work together on behalf of the forests and waterways we share.

Fri., Feb. 17

Arbor Day in GeorgiaThis holiday is a day set aside for schools, civic clubs, and other organizations, as well as individuals, to reflect on the importance of trees in our state and across our nation.  Every tree planted on Arbor Day helps clean the air and water, beautify neighborhoods, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy, and prevent soil erosion, among many other benefits. 

Arbor Day gives everyone an opportunity to learn about the benefits trees provide to communities.  You can also order tree seedlings from the Georgia Forestry Commission.

If you've seen hemlocks that aren't looking healthy and you're wondering why, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on what's happening.

Fri., Feb. 24

SGH Hemlock Training at Smithgall Woods:  Six volunteers who plan to help with the hemlock treatment project at Smithgall Woods on March 4 and/or March 11 attended this class.  It covered the basic tasks of:

* identifying viable hemlocks and assessing their condition,
* measuring and tagging them,
* mixing the treatment material and applying it by soil injection,
* recording the required information on data sheets, and
* personal and environmental safety on this project.

Sat., Feb. 25

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Dahlonega:  Four new Facilitators were trained at this class designed for people who want to understand the hemlock problem, learn the processes for saving the trees, and then be of service within the community. 

Sat., Mar. 4

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Gainesville:  Four new Facilitators were trained at this class designed for people who want to understand the hemlock problem, learn the processes for saving the trees, and then be of service within the community. 

Sat., Mar. 11

Hemlock Treatment Project at Smithgall Woods:  Twenty-three volunteers from SGH, the Georgia DNR, and Friends of Smithgall Woods worked together to treat or retreat the hemlocks in the park.  This was the first day of a multi-day project to continue protecting a total of 1,800 trees there.   THANKS EVERYONE!

Tues., Mar. 21

International Day of Forests and the Tree:  This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests

If you're concerned about the hemlocks in our forests, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on how you can help.

Sat., Mar. 25

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Jasper:  Five new Facilitators were trained at this class designed for people who want to understand the hemlock problem, learn the processes for saving the trees, and then be of service within the community. 

Tues., Mar. 28 &
Wed., Mar. 29

 

More dates to come

USFS Landscape Foothills Collaboration Workshops:  Based on the information gathered by the U.S. Forest Service during their Community Conversations meeting during the fall of 2016, they have announced the second round of workshops to be held this year.   These workshops will focus on:

* narrowing the focus of the project by determining the greatest needs for restoration using the information harvested from the first round of workshops in fall of 2016;
* turning the identified needs into specific, practical, reasonable and measurable goal statements; and
* framing what the Collaborative Community will recommend in Workshops III and IV.

A representative of SGH participated in this workshop.

Wed., Mar 29

SGH Presentation to Master Naturalists:  SGH gave a presentation to 22 members of the Fannin County Master Naturalists class about the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks; the cultural, chemical, and biological approaches to saving the trees; why it's so important to do so; and how volunteers (including youth) can help.   The outdoor segment of the class focused on assessing tree and site conditions and practicing treatment techniques (trunk spray of Safari and soil injection of Imidacloprid) on about a dozen infested trees on the Bonnie Higdon Reeves campus of the University of North Georgia in Epworth .  A healthy hemlock sapling was donated to be raffled to those attending.

Sat., Apr. 1

Tailwater Trout Unlimited Spring Fling:  SGH had an information table at this event at the Buford Trout Hatchery in Cumming to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings were available for adoption.

Thurs., Apr. 6

Hemlock Lesson for Environmental Issues Class:  SGH gave a one-hour Hemlock Lesson to 16 students from Kelly West's Environmental Issues class at the University of North Georgia.  It presented information on the keystone role the hemlocks play in the environment, the predicted consequences of a mass die-off, and the steps that can be taken to save these valuable trees.  Then they helped pot almost 70 hemlock saplings for future use in hemlock restoration projects, field insectaries, planting on school campuses, and adoptions. 

Sun., Apr. 9

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  Leadership Team members and Program Managers gathered for this quarterly meeting at 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.  Click here for the agenda.  Meeting notes will be posted shortly.

Sat., Apr. 15

SGH-USFS HEMLOCK TREATMENT PROJECT  in the Rabun Recreation Area (Campground 2):  Twenty-four volunteers came out for this service event at Angel Falls/Panther Trail near Lakemont.   After a short orientation and safety briefing, they worked in teams to treat approximately 300 trees, pausing at mid-day for a picnic lunch. 

THANKS EVERYONE  for a fun and successful day in the woods!  We'll be going back on May 6 to treat more trees in Campgrounds 1 and 2.  Hope you can join us again.

Mon., Apr. 17

University of North Georgia Earth Day Celebration:  SGH had an information booth at this event on the UNG Gainesville Campus to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  A few healthy hemlock saplings were adopted into new homes.

Thurs., Apr. 20

SGH Presentation to Master Gardeners:  SGH gave a presentation to the new class of Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners about the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save the trees, why it's so important to do so, and how volunteers can help.   Afterwards the group took a field trip to the University of North Georgia campus to tour the new hemlock field insectary and beetle lab and get an update on current bio-control efforts.

Sat., Apr. 22

Earth Day:  Celebrated on April 22 annually, Earth Day is globally coordinated by the Earth Day Network, whose year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.  Click to read announcement of the Global Climate Change Agreement, December 12, 2016.

If you have hemlocks that haven't been protected, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on what you can do.

Sat., Apr. 22

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Ellijay:  Four new Facilitators were trained and one was refreshed at this class designed for people who want to understand the hemlock problem, learn the processes for saving the trees, and then be of service within the community. 

Sat., Apr. 22 &
Sun., Apr. 23

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival:  SGH had an information booth at this fun festival in Dahlonega to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   We had approximately 140 visitors to our booth, and fifteen healthy hemlock saplings were adopted in new forever homes.

Sat., Apr. 22 Hemlock dedication ceremony:  As part of the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, the City of Dahlonega and SGH held a short ceremony to dedicate a group of hemlock trees recently planted in Wimpy Mill Park for the public's enjoyment.   It included brief remarks by City Councilman Sam Norton and SGH Chairman Donna Shearer about the importance of hemlocks in our community.  The park is located at the intersection of Wimpy Mill Rd. and Sky Country Rd., Dahlonega.

Sat., Apr. 29

Trout Fest:  SGH had an information booth at this important festival in Blue Ridge to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  In addition, special materials were provided to highlight the importance of hemlocks to the health of local trout populations, our partnership with Trout Unlimited, and opportunities to work together on behalf of the forests and waterways we share.

Approximately 175 people visited our booth.  Eighteen healthy hemlock saplings were adopted into new forever homes, and three extra large saplings were donated for planting in Tammen Park. 

Sat., May 6

SGH-USFS HEMLOCK TREATMENT PROJECT  in the Rabun Recreation Area - Campgrounds 1 and 2 near Lakemont.   After a short orientation and safety briefing, volunteers worked in teams to treat approximately 300 trees, pausing at mid-day for a picnic lunch.   THANKS EVERYONE!!!

Sat., May 6

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Blairsville:  Thirteen new Facilitators were trained at this class designed for people who want to understand the hemlock problem, learn the processes for saving the trees, and then be of service within the community. 

Sat., May 6
 

Reece Farm Earth Day Celebration:  SGH had an information table at this enjoyable (free) community event and also gave a brief presentation to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Healthy hemlock saplings were available for adoption.

Thurs., May 18

Plant Conservation Day:  This global celebration is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and conserving plants for people and the planet.  Plants are the backbone of all life on Earth: they regulate our climate, purify our water, help create rich soils and protect those soils from erosion.

Plants, in their amazing diversity, are also an essential resource for human survival and well-being: they provide food, medicine, shelter, and clothing, and are a source of unending beauty.  Can you imagine what the world would be with without plants?  Click here to learn more about why plants are so important.

Unfortunately, the plants that are vital to people and the planet are facing serious threats in your backyard and around the world.   Click here to learn more about why plants need your help.

There are many ways you can help conserve plants for the planet.  Help raise awareness by celebrating your own Plant Conservation Day, or find out more about how you can make a difference.

Fri., May 19

Endangered Species Day:  Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service observes Endangered Species Day in order to recognize the national conservation effort to protect our nation's endangered species and their habitats.  Click here to learn about the Endangered Species Act and find interesting ways to engage kids, families, youth groups, and educators in this important effort.

Sat., May 13 Just FYI -- Invasive Plant Hands-on Workshop at McCoy Farm and Gardens in Walden, TN. 
Click here to read the flyer.
Sat., May 20

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Chatsworth:  One new Facilitator was trained at this class designed for people who want to understand the hemlock problem, learn the processes for saving the trees, and then be of service within the community. 

   

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