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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., Jan. 14, 2018

Schedule of Events

The calendar below shows the SGH presentations, training, service projects, and fairs/festivals that have taken place so far for FY 2018 (December 1, 2017 - November 30, 2018).  We are in the process of planning our educational events and service projects for 2018 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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Saturday, Dec. 2

Kris Kringle Mountain Market:  SGH had a booth at this arts and crafts festival in Blairsville to provide information about the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, 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 about 75 visitors to our booth and got 8 healthy hemlock saplings adopted into new homes.

Saturday, Dec. 2

SGH hemlock treatment at Old Clarkesville Cemetery Allen Hughes and Scout Troop 40 from Mountain City, GA chose the treatment of the valuable old hemlock trees at this site for his Eagle Scout project, in partnership with Save Georgia's Hemlocks.  Several members of the community stopped by to observe the Scouts in action and thank them for their good work.  A report will be posted here shortly.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

SGH-USFS HEMLOCK TREATMENT PROJECT at Panther Creek South in Stephens County.   After a short orientation and safety briefing, 9 volunteers worked in teams to treat approximately 65 trees in an area where some sensitive plants grow under the hemlock canopy.  The treatment had to be done during the winter when the plants are underground and safe from foot traffic.  The terrain was quite steep, and the ground was wet and slippery, but we had a hardy crew determined to get it done.  And we had fun doing it!  THANKS EVERYONE!

Thursday, Dec. 7

The Nature Conservancy held an important meeting to gather ideas from various agencies and organizations that share an interest in the health of our forests and waterways and to begin planning for 2018.  SGH members Frank and Linda Gheesling represented us at the gathering and will share their take-aways at our next Leadership Team meeting in January.



Click here to see Events Completed in FY 2016 and Events Completed in FY 2017.

Save Georgia's Hemlocks 2009.  Last updated 11/30/2017.
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