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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., Apr. 9, 2017

Schedule of Events

The calendar below shows the SGH presentations, training, service projects, and fairs/festivals that are scheduled so far for FY 2017 (December 1, 2016 - November 30, 2017).  We will be planning many more educational events and service projects throughout the year and will post that information here as each one is scheduled.

Presentations and Training:  Throughout the year, we offer Hemlock Help Clinics for a wide variety of audiences, Facilitator training for volunteers, Hemlock Lessons for elementary through high school classes, and special presentations for garden clubs, property owner associations, churches, civic organizations, and community groups.

Service Projects:  We will continue our partnership with the U. S. Forest Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to treat hemlocks on public lands and will undertake additional hemlock treatment projects for other nonprofits, public land managers, and private property owners whenever we can.  We will also conduct projects to rescue hemlock saplings and seedlings, restore hemlocks along trout streams, and create new hemlock field insectaries or augment existing ones.

If you'd like to participate in a class or event that's on our calendar or would like to schedule an additional educational event or service project, please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.

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Sat., Mar. 4
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Gainesville:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location is Hall County Board of Education, 711 Green St., Gainesville, GA 30501.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sat., Mar. 11

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HEMLOCK TREATMENT PROJECT:  SGH will support the DNR on a project to treat or retreat the hemlocks at Smithgall Woods. 

Registration is required.  Details will be provided upon sign-up.

The location to meet is the Smithgall Woods Visitor Center, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen, GA 30545.

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
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Toccoa:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sat., Mar. 25
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Jasper:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Tues., Mar. 28
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
          &

Wed., Mar. 29
5 - 8 p.m.

 

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 of four workshops that will be held this year.   These workshops are 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.

Their invitation states, ďBecause we value and respect your time, we are working to structure the workshop so that the two days build upon one another but are independent. So if you attend one and not the other, your contribution will be meaningful and add value to the project. This also gives the option of attending the workshop during the day or evening (or both), depending on your work/life schedules

The location is  the North Hall County Community Center at 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville, GA 30506.  Click here to register.

Wed., Mar 29
9 - 10:30 a.m.

SGH Presentation to Master Naturalists:  SGH will give a presentation to the Fannin County Master Naturalists class 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.  

Location is the Bonnie Higdon Reeves campus in Epworth of the University of North Georgia.

Sat., April 1
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Canton:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sun., Apr. 9
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  All Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, Program Managers, and other interested persons are encouraged to attend this meeting.  The agenda will be posted here prior to the meeting.

The location is the 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.

Thurs., Apr. 20
Noon - 4 p.m.

SGH Presentation to Master Gardeners:  SGH will give 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.   After the classroom segment, we'll take a field trip to the predator beetle lab on the University of North Georgia campus to tour the lab and get an update on current bio-control efforts.

The location to start is the UGA Extension Office, 26 Johnson Street, Suite A, Dahlonega, GA  30533. 

Fri., Apr. 21

Earth Day at High Meadows School:  SGH will have an Education Station at the school's annual Earth Day festival, sharing the hemlock message with students and their families and helping children pot hemlock seedlings to take home.  Brochures about the hemlocks and planting / care instructions will be provided to all who participate.

The location is High Meadows School, 1055 Willeo Rd., Roswell, GA  30075.

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 &
Sun., Apr. 23

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival:  SGH will have 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.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is the historic square in downtown Dahlonega.

Sat., April 22
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Ellijay:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sat., Apr. 29
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trout Fest:  SGH will have 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.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.  In addition, special materials will 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.

The location is the downtown city park in Blue Ridge.

Sat., May 6
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Blairsville:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sat., May 6
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Blue Ridge:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Fri., May 12
 

Bear Jamboree:  SGH will give a brief presentation about the hemlocks to the 5th graders and their teachers at Blackburn Elementary School near Dahlonega, lead a seedling potting activity for those who would like to have a baby tree to take home, and provide educational materials to take home and share with their families.

The location is Blackburn Elementary School, 45 Blackburn Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

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 20
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Chatsworth:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sat., May 27 &
Sun., May 28
 

Blue Ridge Spring Arts in the Park Festival SGH will have an information booth 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 will be available for adoption.

Sun., May 28
 

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting:  SGH will have an educational exhibit, give a brief presentation about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, and provide printed hemlock information to property owners.

The location is the Lake Rabun Pavilion in Lakemont.

Sat., June 3

National Trails Day:  A celebration of Americaís magnificent Trail System, NTD occurs annually on the first Saturday in June and features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.  Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Dayģ events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities.  NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more.  For public and private land managers alike, National Trails Dayģ is a great time to showcase beautiful landscapes and special or threatened locales as thousands of people will be outside looking to participate in NTD events.

Sat., June 3
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

Hemlock Day at Anna Ruby Falls:  In celebration of National Trails Day, SGH will have an information booth 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 will be available for adoption.

If you're a hiker, come and enjoy the easy scenic hike to the falls.  And while you're there, please stop by our information booth.

The location is Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area, 3455 Anna Ruby Rd., Helen, GA  30545.

Sat., June 10
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Hiawassee:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sat., June 10
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Calhoun:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sun., June 25
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

SGH HEMLOCK CAMP MEETING & ANNUAL MEETING -- SAVE THE DATE!

* lots of fun, delicious food, and great music
* interesting exhibits & activities with conservation and recreation groups, the beetle labs, and our public land managers
* a message of good news about the hemlocks & information about how volunteers can get engaged
* a chance to meet other like-minded people
* a time to be appreciated for all the good work you do!

Details to come.  The location is the ETC Pavilion on Legion Rd., Ellijay, GA  30536.

Tues., July 4

Independence Day:  This is a good day to enjoy with your family and friends by doing something good for your community.

Sun., July 16
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting:  All Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, Program Managers, and other interested persons are encouraged to attend this meeting.  The agenda will be posted here prior to the meeting.

The location is the 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.

Sat., Aug. 26
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Clarkesville:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sat., Sept. 2 &
Sun., Sept. 3

Mountain Heritage Festival:  SGH will have an information booth 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 will be available for adoption.

The location is the Museum of Mountain Life, 25 Veteran's Memorial Parkway, one block south of the Square in Blairsville, GA  30512.

Sun., Sept. 3
 

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:  SGH will have an educational exhibit, give a brief presentation about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, and provide printed hemlock information to property owners.

The location is the Lake Rabun Pavilion in Lakemont.

Mon., Sept. 4

National Wildlife Day:  Founded in 2005 and carried forward in the memory of animal lover and conservationist Steve Irwin, National Wildlife Day serves to bring awareness to the number of endangered animals nationally, as well as globally, that need to be preserved and rescued from their demise each year, and also to acknowledge zoos and outstanding animal sanctuaries and organizations globally for everything they do to help preserve this planet's animals and educate the public about conservation - especially to children....our animal's future caretakers and conservationists.

Sat., Sept. 9 &
Sun., Sept. 10

Appalachian Trail CommunityTrail Fest:  SGH will have an information booth at the 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.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is the historic square in downtown Dahlonega.

Sat., Sept. 16
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Helen:  This class is 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.  Professional CEUs available.

* An overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special initiatives such as hemlock restoration along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.

Location tba.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Sat., Sept. 30

National Public Lands Day:  National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.  Its purposes are:

* educating Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
* building partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands; and;
* improving public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.

Sat., Oct. 7
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival:  SGH will have an information booth at the 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.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is the Rabun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah St., Clayton, GA 30525.

Sat., Oct. 7
& Sun., Oct. 8
 

Georgia Marble Festival SGH will have an information booth at this event in Jasper 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 will be available for adoption.

The location is Lee Newton Park, 500 Stegall Dr., Jasper, GA  30143.

Sat., Oct. 14

Nacoochee Valley Farm & Family Exposition:  SGH will have an information booth at this event in Jasper 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 will be available for adoption.

The location is the Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Highway 17, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571.

Sun., Oct. 15
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team fall meeting:  All Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, Program Managers, and other interested persons are encouraged to attend this meeting.  The agenda will be posted here prior to the meeting.

The location is the 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.

Sat., Oct. 21

Elachee Nature Science CenterNorth Georgia Tree Festival:  SGH will have an information booth at this fun and educational event sponsored by the Elachee Nature Science Center 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.   The festival features tree climbing, educational workshops, a kids' fun run, tree identification hikes, a tree sale, and brief presentations throughout the day.

The location is the Elachee Nature Center, 2125 Elachee Dr, Gainesville, GA 30504.

Oct., tbd

Day of Service at Dalton State College:  SGH will give a brief presentation about the hemlock problem, what property owners can do to save their own trees, how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands, and why it's so important to take timely action.  Then the participants will plant a dozen hemlock saplings donated by SGH on campus.

The location is tbd.

Thurs., Nov. 23

Thanksgiving Day:  Gratitude is much on our minds during the Thanksgiving season as we reflect on our blessings Ė perhaps families, friends, homes, health, or jobs, Ė and our hearts go out to people who have suffered losses.  Itís also a time to think about broader kinds of blessings, not just those that we have but those that surround us Ė the beautiful part of the country where we live, the bountiful natural resources in our area, our freedom to enjoy them,  and yes, our responsibility and privilege to protect these treasures.

If you'd like to turn your gratitude into action, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on how you can help save the hemlocks.  And Happy Thanksgiving!

      

                          

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