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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., July 16, 2017

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 projects,  staff our booth at fairs and festivals, and help with special programs. 

•  More Facilitators are needed in several counties. 

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Take care of your own hemlocks.  Be alert for the first signs of the woolly adelgid.   If even one of the hemlocks on your property is infested or if a neighbor's trees are infested, go ahead and plan to take care of 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 e-mail lists, newsletters, web sites, and word of mouth to share the message with friends, business associates, neighborhood associations, conservation/recreation organizations, schools, churches, and other community groups.  Our Resources page has lots of good material you can share with others.

These 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 want, and it's easy and inexpensive.

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

You can also help spread the word by wearing or using SGH-logo items such as tee-shirts, tote bags, caps and coffee mugs available at http://www.cafepress.com/savegeorgiashemlocks.   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!
 

Join us as a member.  The participation and support of members all across the state are vitally important to our organization as we work to identify the hemlock-related needs in the counties of north Georgia, find more creative ways to share the hemlock message, develop effective programs to help property owners and their trees, and expand our network of 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 action, please visit the Memberships and Donations page to learn more about membership.

Become an active volunteer.  Here are some of the opportunities for volunteers.  You can check the Schedule of Events page to see when activities are happening that you might want to participate in.  Please e-mail 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

Become a Facilitator.  You can provide a valuable service to your community by taking a short training course (4 hours plus some hands-on practice) to learn more 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.  To see what's involved, please visit the Volunteer Facilitators page and review the Volunteer Facilitator Job Description and Lead Area Facilitator Job Description.

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 necessary 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 the appropriate category or categories in exchange for their 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.

Sponsor a Presentation or Clinic.  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 give public recognition to you or your organization as a sponsor.  Call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 for more information.

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.  We can meet with your property owners association or its board to provide guidance on scoping the project, determining the best treatment option, estimating the effort and cost, anticipating the challenges, and building community support.  For an overview of the process, please see the Neighborhood Hemlock Help Planning Guide.

Help hemlocks on our public lands.  There are three ways you can help save  the hemlocks on our public lands.

   You can participate in joint SGH projects with the U. S. Forest Service or the GA Department of Natural Resources to treat hemlocks on public lands. 

   You can volunteer with our public land managers to help hemlocks in other ways. 

   You can donate money directly to any of the university-based research labs that are rearing predatory beetles for release on public lands. 

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.
 


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