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RESCHEDULED for Sun., Aug. 6, 2017

Hemlock Conservation Areas

Key stands of Hemlocks on public land (national forests, state parks, recreation areas, etc.) are being treated with carefully managed programs of chemical and/or biological controls.   The treatment plan adopted by the U.S. Forest Service (shown in the map and chart below) is officially called “Alternative 4 – Modified Proposed Action.”  This alternative uses releases of predator beetles that eat Hemlock woolly adelgids to establish long-term population control and Imidacloprid treatment to maintain genetic reserves of Hemlocks in 144 USFS-designated Hemlock Conservation Areas covering 19,710 acres.    Here is information from the Environmental Assessment 2005: Conservation of the Eastern Hemlock by Suppression of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Infestations in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests performed by the U. S. Forest Service.

"Under this plan, first priority areas are: (1) the genetic conservation network; (2) habitat for PETS and locally rare species; and (3) foreground area along the Appalachian Trail within the mapped treatment area at Three Forks on the Toccoa Ranger District."  PETS is an acronym for Proposed, Endangered, and Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and also includes species on the Regional Forester’s Sensitive species list.

"Identification of PETS and locally rare species habitat or AT foreground as first priority does not  automatically mean that the conservation design will be altered in those situations to treat more or different area than described in the alternative description.  However, real-time, site-specific information in these situations will be considered under the new information or changed conditions procedure for NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act of 1969)implementation."

"Remaining areas are identified as second level priorities.  These are of some degree of importance but are not necessary to a genetic conservation design nor needed as habitat for species of special concern: (1) scenic viewsheds from public viewpoints, (2) potential old growth, (3) dispersed recreation areas, and (4) private land viewsheds."

Click here for the full text of the Environmental Assessment (August 2005) on which the treatment plan in Georgia is based and the Decision Notice (August 2005) explaining the rationale for selecting Alternative 4 as the preferred treatment methodNote that an updated Environmental Assessment (August 2010) has been published for the Pisgah National Forest and the Nantahala National Forest.  An Implementation and Status of Biological Control of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid was published in December 2011.

The maps below show the Hemlock Conservation Areas in Georgia being (or to be) treated, and the chart that follows indicates the name, treatment method(s), and number of acres for each.  You may click on each map for a larger image.

Map - Treatment Methods

Map - Treatment Areas

Details - Treatment Areas & Methods

Note:  In the chart below, Forest Types are   4 = white pine – hemlock,   5 = hemlock,   8 = hemlock – hardwood,   and 41 = cove hardwood – white pine – hemlock.  As we receive additional names for the various HCAs, we'll add them to this chart.

No. District Birth Year Forest Type

Treatment

Acres

Name

1 Tallulah 07 41 Insecticide only 18  Burrells Ford 1
2 Tallulah 00 4 Insecticide only 7  Burrells Ford 2
3 Tallulah 20 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 331  Cedar Cliff
4 Tallulah 1890 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 227  Hicks/Ridley/Reed
5 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 97  Clear Creek
6 Tallulah 1923 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 1291  Reed Mill Creek
7 Tallulah 1895 4 Insecticide and Beetle Release 62  Mose Branch
8 Tallulah 1980 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 544  Holcomb Creek
9 Tallulah 1920 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 121  Billingsley Creek
10 Tallulah 1942 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 42  Goldmine Branch
11 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 300  Walnut Fort
12 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 197  Ramey Creek
13 Tallulah 1920 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 46  Pool Creek
14 Tallulah 1922 41 Insecticide only 19  Darnell Creek
15 Tallulah 1910 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 79  Finney Creek
16 Tallulah 1936 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 596  Keener Creek
17 Tallulah 1877 8 Insecticide only 12  Racepath
18 Tallulah 1928 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 198  Timpson Creek
19 Tallulah 1900 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 99  Stroud Mt.
20 Tallulah 1920 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 48  Upper Cliff Creek
21 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide only 4  Cliff Creek
22 Tallulah 1890 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 47  Muscadine
23 Tallulah 1900 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 397  Cliff Creek
24 Tallulah 1900 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 499  Stonewall
25 Tallulah 1908 41 Insecticide only 22  Scott Creek
26 Tallulah 1900 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 50  Slick Shoals
27 Tallulah 1928 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 131  Crow Creek
28 Tallulah 1925 4 Insecticide and Beetle Release 105  Falls Branch
29 Chattooga 1897 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 290  Panther Creek
30 Chattooga 1870 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 95  Weaver Creek
31 Chattooga 1880 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 218  Davidson Creek
32 Chattooga 1885 8 Insecticide only 12  Raper Creek
33 Chattooga 1894 41 Insecticide only 23  Broad River
34 Tallulah 1890 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 232  Coleman River
35 Tallulah 1951 41 Insecticide only 18  Shock Branch
36 Tallulah 1928 41 Insecticide only 17  Charlies Creek
37 Tallulah 1925 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 806 Tallulah River
38 Tallulah 1933 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 89 Nicholson Branch
39 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide only 99 Big John Creek
40 Brasstown 1920 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 4242 Scataway
41 Brasstown 1937 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 7171 Bell Mtn
42 Brasstown 1974 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 5858 Swallow Creek
43 Brasstown 1950 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 3737 Hog Creek
44 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 4444 Fodder Creek
45 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 4747 Spaniard Branch
46 Tallulah 1920 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 174 Hemlock Falls
47 Tallulah 1910 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 87 Jessie Branch
48 Brasstown 1945 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 342 Corbin
49 Chattooga 1915 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 75 Hickory Nut Mt.
50 Chattooga 1885 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 68 Nester Creek
51 Chattooga 1899 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 240 York Creek
52 Brasstown 1940 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 303 High Shoals
53 Brasstown 0 0 Beetle Release Only 173 Soapstone
54 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 45 Big Bald Cove
56 Brasstown 1921 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 143 Ivy log
57 Brasstown 0   Insecticide only 12 Beasley
58 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 319 Bob Creek
59 Chattooga 1895 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 850  Chattahoochee River
60 Chattooga 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 76  Dukes Creek Falls
62 Brasstown 1910 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 171 Bowers Cove
63 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 168 Wolf Creek
64 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 275 Helton Creek
65 Brasstown 1910 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 46 Alec Cove
66 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 52 Lordamercy Cove
67 Chattooga 1940 41 Insecticide only 16  
68 Chattooga 1910 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 120 Boggs Creek
69 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 88 Blood Mtn Cove
70 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 82 Tigue Branch
71 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 82 Slaughter Creek
72 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 33 Waters Creek
73 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 43 Dockery Lake
74 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 259 Coopers Creek
75 Toccoa 1925 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 154 Mulky Creek
76 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 43 Flowers Cove
77 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 119 Canada Creek -upper
78 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 257 Canada Creek- lower
79 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 88 Clements Branch
80 Toccoa 1905 4 Insecticide and Beetle Release 259 Toccoa River
81 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 127 Little Rock Creek
82 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 157 Rock Creek
83 Brasstown 1910 8 Insecticide and Beetle Release 66 Cochran Creek
84 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 132 Blackwell Creek
85 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 198 Flat Creek
86 Toccoa 1920 8 Insecticide and Beetle Release 110 Stanley Creek
87 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide only 25 Cold Mountain
88 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 1104 Noontootla
89 Toccoa 1900 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 112 Montgomery Creek
90 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 228 Lance Creek
91 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 71 Cochrans Falls
92 Toccoa 1910 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 84 Anderson Creek L frk
93 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 64 Anderson Creek R frk
94 Cohutta 1981 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 34 Gibson Creek
95 Cohutta 1900 41 Insecticide only 25 S. Fork Jacks River
96 Cohutta 1957 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 155 W. Fork Jacks River
97 Cohutta 1940 5 Insecticide and Beetle Release 38 Mill Branch
98 Cohutta 1902 4 Insecticide and Beetle Release 178 Upper Jacks
99 Cohutta 1939 41 Insecticide only 15 Tumbling Creek South
100 Cohutta 1915 8 Insecticide and Beetle Release 59 Tumbling Creek Central
101 Cohutta 1907 8 Insecticide and Beetle Release 76 Tumbling Creek North
102 Cohutta 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 128 Penitentiary Branch
103 Cohutta 0 0 Beetle release only 135 Lower Jacks
104 Cohutta 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 55 Thomas Creek
105 Cohutta 1920 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 37 Upper Sumac Creek
106 Cohutta 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 75 Poplar Creek
107 Cohutta 1910 41 Insecticide only 18 Poplar Springs Gap
108 Cohutta 0 0 Insecticide only 24 Sam Jones Gap
109 Cohutta 1913 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 258 Emery Creek
110 Cohutta 1918 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 125 Lake Conasauga
111 Cohutta 1886 5 Insecticide only 12 Songbird
112 Cohutta 1914 4 Insecticide and Beetle Release 52 Holly Creek
113 Cohutta 1938 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 69 Shanty Creek
114 Cohutta 1934 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 52 Harkins Creek
115 Brasstown 0 0 Beetle release only 38 Yahoola Creek
116 Cohutta 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 34 Thomas Creek
117 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide only 17 Ellicott Rock
118 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 274 Rock Gorge
119 Chattooga 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 78 Cedar Creek
121 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 38 Ellicott Tock
122 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide only 21 Falls Branch
123 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide only 9 Tate City
124 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 28 Cashes Valley East
125 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 34 Cashes Valley West
126 Chattooga 0 0 Beetle release only 43  
127 Brasstown 0 0 Insecticide only 10 Mining Gap
128 Cohutta 0 0 Beetle release only 16 Upper Mill Creek
129 Cohutta 0 0 Beetle release only 41 Tatum Lead
130 Toccoa 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 120 Mill Creek
131 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide only 10 Racepath #2
132 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 154 Laurel Creek
133 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 547 Warwoman Ford
134 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 181 Lick Log Creek
135 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 61 Seals Creek
136 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 95 Persimmon Creek
137 Chattooga 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 163 Wolfpen Branch
138 Chattooga 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 166 Jasus Creek
139 Chattooga 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 201 Winkley Branch
140 Brasstown 0   Beetle release only 71 Mart Helton
141a Cohutta 1920 8 Insecticide and Beetle Release 23 Conasauga Creek
141b Cohutta 1930 41 Insecticide and Beetle Release 8 Conasauga Creek
142 Cohutta 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 66 Chestnut Creek
143 Cohutta 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 40 Betty Gap
144 Tallulah 0 0 Insecticide and Beetle Release 69 Pounding Mill Creek

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