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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., July 15, 2018

How You Can Help

The hemlocks are a valuable natural resource, and they desperately need your help.  Whether you are young or not so young, own property in the mountains or just enjoy visiting them, every effort by every individual is important.  There are many interesting and rewarding ways to get involved – a lot or a little – whatever works best for you. 

See our Schedule of Events for a variety of opportunities. 

Friends planting hemlocks on their church campus

•  Volunteers are needed to work on hemlock treatment and hemlock restoration projects,  staff our booth at fairs and festivals, and help with special programs. 

•  More Facilitators are needed in several counties. 

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Support SGH's Mission.  Save Georgia's Hemlocks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supported primarily through the generosity of individuals' and groups' donations.  To offer your financial support, please visit our Memberships and Donations page.

Take care of your own hemlocks.  Be alert for the first signs of the woolly adelgid -- little white egg sacs on the underside of the branches.  If even one of the hemlocks on your property is infested or if a neighbor's trees are infested, go ahead and plan to treat all your hemlocks that you want to save as soon as possible.  Visit the HWA Controls page to learn about your options or call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 for advice.

Please take action early!

Spread the word to others.  Believe it or not, there are still many people who are unaware that the hemlocks are in great danger or may be laboring under misinformation that it's too expensive or too late to save them.  Please be an ambassador for the hemlocks, using email lists, newsletters, web sites, other social media, and word of mouth to share the hemlock message.  Your friends and business associates, neighborhood associations and conservation/recreation organizations, schools and churches, and other community groups need to know.  Our Resources page has a great deal of good educational materials you're welcome to download and share with others.

Here are the three key messages:

   The hemlocks are in trouble and will die unless effective action is taken soon.

   Property owners can save as many of their hemlocks as they choose.  It's easy enough for most individuals to do, safe, economical, and highly effective.

   Save Georgia's Hemlocks can provide a great deal of free, practical assistance.

You can also help spread the word by wearing or using SGH-logo items such as tee-shirts, tote bags, caps and coffee mugs.  We don't receive any money from these purchases, but they do help raise visibility for the hemlock cause and our organization, and they're very good looking Here's the link:  http://www.cafepress.com/savegeorgiashemlocks.

Join us as a member.  The participation and support of members are vitally important to us as we work to identify the hemlock-related needs in each community, find more creative ways to communicate the hemlock message, develop effective programs to help property owners save their trees, and expand our capabilities through networking with individuals and groups that share similar environmental, conservation, and recreational interests.  If you'd like to take a stand, have a say, and be part of the solution, please visit the Memberships and Donations page to learn more about membership.

Become an active volunteer.  There are so many different ways to help.  You can check the Schedule of Events page to see when activities are happening that you might want to participate in.  Please email us or call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 to let us know of your interests.

   Teaching or giving presentations

   Talking to kids' classes or groups

   Being a neighborhood volunteer

   Helping on charitable service projects

   Organizing volunteers for a project

   Monitoring hemlocks for HWA

   Measuring, tagging, or treating hemlocks

   Planting or transplanting hemlocks

   Leading a hike in the forest

   Hosting a special event

   Helping to organize or lead a meeting

   Staffing an information booth

   Preparing marketing and communications materials

   Doing research and citizen science

   Writing articles or educational materials

   Using your artistic or creative talents

   Taking photos or preparing YouTube videos

   Using the Internet, Facebook, and other technology

   Distributing educational/awareness materials

   Building partnerships with other nonprofit groups

   Using your business skills or knowledge

   Fundraising and/or grant writing


Help hemlocks on our public lands.  In addition to helping property owners save trees on private land, SGH is very active in support of our public land managers' efforts to preserve the trees on public land.  Volunteers can participate in joint SGH projects with the U. S. Forest Service or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to treat hemlocks on the national forest, state parks and wildlife management areas.  Or you can volunteer directly with the public land managers to help hemlocks in other ways, such as monitoring tree conditions, scouting for survivor trees, or helping to maintain trails and waterways.

 

Sponsor a hemlock presentation.  Sponsoring an educational event just means helping to publicize it, inviting people to attend, and maybe providing some light refreshments -- no money involved.  So if you have a group that would be interested in having a hemlock help presentation, we'll be happy to do it and give public recognition to you or your organization as a sponsor.  Call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 for more information.
 

Help develop a neighborhood hemlock health plan.  Work with your friends and neighbors to develop a neighborhood hemlock help plan to suppress the woolly adelgid over the widest possible area.  SGH can meet with your property owners association or its board to provide guidance on scoping a project, determining the best treatment option, estimating the effort and cost, anticipating the challenges, and building community support.

Then we can carry it further to organize a group project, enlisting your friends, neighbors and other volunteers to treat the hemlocks in your community.  We provide the training and on-site project management and bring all the necessary equipment and supplies.  For an overview of the process, please see the Neighborhood Hemlock Help Planning Guide.
 

Become a Facilitator.  You can provide an even more valuable service to your community by taking a short training course (4 hours plus some hands-on practice) to acquire in-depth knowledge about the hemlocks, the woolly adelgids, and the available treatments and then making yourself available to help your neighbors understand the issues and advise them about appropriate solutions.  Facilitators are trained in assessing HWA problems, explaining the control methods and options for getting the work done, setting property owners’ expectations, and helping property owners implement their chosen solution. 

They also play a valuable role in proactively spreading the word about the HWA problem and available solutions, participating in educational events and charitable service projects, communicating information between the SGH leadership team and the community, and serving as good-will ambassadors for the hemlocks and SGH.  To see what's involved, please visit the Volunteer Facilitator page.
 

Become a Licensed Pesticide Applicator.  In many north Georgia counties within the native hemlock range, there is a shortage of treatment professionals who possess the required Pesticide Contractor License and who have specific knowledge and experience in treating hemlocks.  So the SGH Board of Directors has created a grant program to encourage and assist eligible individuals to obtain a Pesticide Contractor License through the Georgia Department of Agriculture in Forest Pest Control and/or Turf & Ornamentals Pest Control.  The offer is made in exchange for the candidate's commitment to provide service in one or more underserved counties, abide by the “best practices” standards endorsed by SGH, and participate in the volunteer work of SGH.

If you're interested in this program, you can read the SGH Grant Agreement for Pesticide Contractor License for details on eligibility, financial compensation, and terms.  Then print the SGH Grant Application for Pesticide Contractor License, fill it out, and send it to the SGH Board for evaluation and approval.  If you have questions, please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.
 


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