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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., Nov. 5, 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., 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 is the Habersham County Extension Office, 555 Monroe St. in Clarkesville.
Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.

Wed., Aug. 30
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

SGH Hemlock Training for Americore:   SGH will conduct a special training workshop for 10 Americore volunteers working with the DNR at Tallulah Gorge State Park.  Following an overview of the problem our hemlocks are facing and why timely intervention is crucial, the workshop will provide complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, chemical treatments, personal and environmental safety. 

The location is the Interpretive Center at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Clayton.

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.  PLEASE COME SEE US!

The location is the historic square in downtown Dahlonega.

Thurs., Sept. 14

SGH ANNUAL HIKE & HELP THE HEMLOCKS:  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED.  For the eighth consecutive year,  SGH will partner with the Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA), Trout Unlimited (TU), and the U. S. Forest Service for this event that combines education and service in (early) observance of National Public Lands Day.  The location will be in Cherry Log.  Details will be available shortly.

At the start of the day, volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder and then will work in teams to treat or retreat hemlocks along the Benton MacKaye Trail.   At midday everyone will come together for a delicious picnic lunch and some interesting lunch-and-learn presentations.

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

Fri., Sept. 15
11 a.m.

SGH Presentation at Hamilton Gardens:  SGH will present a program for members and friends of Hamilton Gardens as part of their Letís Get Growing series.   It will provide an overview of whatís killing the hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why itís so important to do so as well as information on how volunteers can help save the hemlocks on our public lands.

This bi-monthly gardening lecture series is free and open to the public.  Each session will be approximately 30-45 minutes and will be followed by informal discussions of gardening successes and challenges that attendees are experiencing.

Location is the Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, Gardens Pavilion, Hwy 76 W, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee.  Bring a sandwich and join with others who like to "play in the dirt" to learn additional tips for expanding your gardening knowledge.

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 is the Discovery Room at the Smithgall Woods Visitors Center, 61 Tsalaki Trail in Helen.
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., Sept. 30
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SGH-USFS HEMLOCK TREATMENT PROJECT  on the National Forest in Rabun County.   Experienced hands and newbies alike are welcome, so please come out for a fun and worthwhile day in the woods.

Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.   The location to meet and other details will be provided when you sign up.

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
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days
 

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.

Fri., Oct. 20
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Hemlock Restoration on TROUT STREAM:  Volunteers Are Needed to plant 60 large hemlock saplings along a 1,500' section of Rock Creek on the National Forest near the Pinhoti Trail in Murray County.  Using funds from a grant received from the North Georgia EMC for the purpose of restoring the streamside canopy on trout streams, the project will be planned and managed by Americorps member Colin Crofts in partnership with SGH, Trout Unlimited, the U. S. Forest Service, and volunteers from other local organizations and the community at large. 
SO IF YOU LOVE TREES AND / OR TROUT, COME HELP!

Click here for the Project Details invitation / flyer.

Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313, kimberlyraewood@gmail.com, or Colin Crofts at 910-467-2470, croftscr@yahoo.com.

Sat., Oct. 21
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Elachee Nature Science CenterNorth Georgia Tree FestivalSGH 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.

Sat., Oct. 28
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SGH-USFS HEMLOCK TREATMENT PROJECT  at Panther Creek South in Stephens County.   After a short orientation and safety briefing, volunteers will work in teams to treat approximately 65 trees, pausing at mid-day for a picnic lunch.  Experienced hands and newbies alike are welcome, so please come out for a fun and worthwhile day in the woods..

Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.   The location to meet and other details will be provided when you sign up.

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.

Sun., Nov. 5
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.

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!

Sat., December 9
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SGH-USFS HEMLOCK TREATMENT PROJECT  at Willis Knob Horse Camp in Rabun  County.   After a short orientation and safety briefing, volunteers will work in teams to treat approximately 40 trees, pausing at mid-day for a picnic lunch.  Experienced hands and newbies alike are welcome, so please come out for a fun and worthwhile day in the woods..

Registration is required.  Contact Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or kimberlyraewood@gmail.com.   The location to meet and other details will be provided when you sign up.

   

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


© Save Georgia's Hemlocks 2009.  Last updated 08/08/2017.
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