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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., July 12, 2015

Schedule of Events

The calendar below shows the SGH presentations, training, service projects, and fairs/festivals that are scheduled so far for FY 2015, followed by those that have already been completed.  We're still planning many more educational events and service projects for this 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 other community groups.

Service Projects:  We will continue partnering 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 conduct a number of hemlock rescue projects and potting the saplings to offer for adoption.

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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Scheduled Events for FY 2015 (Dec. 1, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2015)

being rescheduled in July

Hemlock training for Cherokee County --
FREE but REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

10 - 11 a.m.  SGH Hemlock Help Clinic - Click here for outline.    
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. SGH Facilitator Training Workshop - Click here for outline.

Location will be posted here shortly.
To register, contact instructor Donna Shearer, 706-429-8010 or donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sun., July 12, 1 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting.

Location, time, and agenda will be posted here.

Sat., July 18

Hemlock training for Gordon County --
FREE but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Thursday, July 16.

10 - 11 a.m.  SGH Hemlock Help Clinic - Click here for outline.  
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. SGH Facilitator Training Workshop - Click here for outline

Location will be posted here soon.  To register, contact instructor Donna Shearer at 706-429-8010 or donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sat., July 25

Hemlock training for Dawson County --
FREE but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Thursday, July 23.

10 - 11 a.m.  SGH Hemlock Help Clinic - Click here for outline.  
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. SGH Facilitator Training Workshop - Click here for outline

Location is Rock Creek Park, Community Room, 445 Doyle Martin Rd, Dawsonville.
To register, contact instructor Donna Shearer at 706-429-8010 or donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

being rescheduled in August
 

Arbor Day Presentation:  SGH will give a brief presentation (sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission in Banks County) about the hemlock problem and current solutions, resources available to property owners who want to treat their own trees or find properly qualified professional help, and ways property owners and other volunteers can get involved with saving the hemlocks on public lands.  SGH will also present a large hemlock sapling to the Georgia Forestry Commission for planting on public property in Homer.

Sat., Aug. 1

Hemlock training for Banks County --
FREE but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Thursday, July 30.

10 - 11 a.m.  SGH Hemlock Help Clinic - Click here for outline.    
11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. SGH Facilitator Training Workshop - Click here for outline.

Location will be posted here shortly.
To register, contact instructor Donna Shearer at 706-429-8010 or donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sat., Aug. 8

Hemlock training for Lumpkin County --
FREE but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Thursday, August 6.

10 - 11 a.m.  SGH Hemlock Help Clinic - Click here for outline.  
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. SGH Facilitator Training Workshop - Click here for outline

Location is Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce, 13 South Park Street, Dahlonega.
To register, contact Donna Shearer at 706-429-8010 or donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sun., Aug. 16,
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SGH Annual Meeting & Members Picnic.

Location is Unicoi State Park, picnic shelter #8, 1788 Highway 356, Helen.

Sat., Aug. 29

Hemlock training for Fannin County --
FREE but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Thursday, August 27.

10 - 11 a.m.  SGH Hemlock Help Clinic - Click here for outline.  
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. SGH Facilitator Training Workshop - Click here for outline

Location is Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, 152 Orvin Lance Rd., Blue Ridge.
To register, contact instructor Dave Teffeteller at 404-895-3940 or dave@ellijay.com.

Fri., Sept. 4

National Wildlife Day.

Sun., Sept. 6

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:  SGH will have an exhibit, give a brief presentation, and provide printed hemlock information.

Location in Lakemont will be posted here.

Sat., Sept. 26,
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

SGH-BMTA Hike & Help the Hemlocks
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in Lake Winfield Scott Campground HCA.

Map and details will be posted soon.

Sat., Oct. 3,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Foxfire Mountaineer 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 also be available for adoption. 

Location is the grounds of Rabun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah St. (Hwy 76), Clayton, GA  30525.

Sat., Oct. 3,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Indian Summer 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 also be available for adoption. 

Location is Woody Gap School, 2331 State Hwy 60, Suches.

Sat., Oct. 3,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Marble 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 also be available for adoption. 

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

Sat., Oct. 25, 1 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team fall meeting.

Location, time, and agenda will be posted here.

Sun., Nov. 1

Mountain Arts & Crafts 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 also be available for adoption. 

Location in Walker/Dade area, time, and other details will be posted here soon.

Sat., Nov. 14,
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in Rock Creek HCA.

Map and details will be posted soon.

Tues., Nov. 17, 6 p.m.

Cox Conserves Heroes award ceremony.

Location is WSB-TV, 1601 W. Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta.

Completed Events for FY 2015 (Dec. 1, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2015)

Wed., Dec. 3

World Conservation Day

Tues., Jan. 6

Whitepath Golf Course Hemlock Project (Gilmer County):  Assessment Phase
    
9:45 - 11:00 Volunteer Training in the Whitepath Golf Course Pro Shop
     11:15 - 3:00 Hemlock Assessment on the Golf Course

Twenty-four volunteers participated in the training session, and twenty-three worked in 7 teams to assess the health of the hemlocks on the course and select those that likely can be and should be saved.   In all, they measured, flagged, and recorded site data for 462 trees recommended for treatment.  That information along with an estimate for the chemical cost has been submitted to the Gilmer County Board of Commissioners for approval.

Sun., Jan. 18

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting  Click here for the meeting notes.

Mon., Jan. 19

WAWA - OAC SignMartin Luther King Day of Service:  SGH gave a brief presentation to about a dozen people on the threat to our hemlocks from the woolly adelgid, why it matters, and what property owners and volunteers can do to save them.  We also donated 12 healthy hemlock saplings and worked with an energetic team of 7 young volunteers to plant them in the woods of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance's Outdoor Activity Center, 1442 Richland Rd., SW, Atlanta

Fri., Jan. 30

Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Athens Technical College):  SGH had an education station to provide information about the hemlock problem, current solutions, and how young people can get involved with saving the hemlocks.  We met about 30 very bright students interested in protecting the health of our forests and waterways as well as several teachers who indicated they would like to schedule a SGH Hemlock Lesson or other hemlock-related activity for their classes.

Tues., Feb. 10

Gold Diggers Garden Club Meeting (Dahlonega)0:  SGH gave a brief presentation about the hemlock problem and current solutions, resources available to property owners who want to treat their own trees or find properly qualified professional help, and ways property owners and other volunteers can get involved with saving the hemlocks on public lands.   14 members were in attendance.

Fri., Feb. 20

Arbor Day in Georgia Arbor Day is a day set aside for schools, civic clubs, and other organizations, as well as individuals, to reflect on the importance of trees in our state and across our nation.  Every tree planted on Arbor Day helps clean the air and water, beautify neighborhoods, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy, and prevent soil erosion, among many other benefits. Arbor Day gives everyone an opportunity to learn about the benefits trees provide to communities.
http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/public-programs/georgia-arbor-day/
http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/reforestation/ordering-information/

Sat., Feb. 28

SGH Lead Facilitator Workshop:  Eleven Leadership Team members and Lead Facilitators serving Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White Counties participated in this workshop in Dahlonega.  The agenda covered:

* recap of 2014 accomplishments
* update on what's new with the hemlocks and SGH
* strategy and plans for 2015
* review of Lead Facilitator roles & responsibilities
* updated content, logistics, and how to teach Hemlock Help Clinic
* updated content, logistics, and how to teach Facilitator Training Workshop
* sign-up for education, service, and outreach activities

Sat., Mar. 7

SGH Lead Facilitator Workshop:  Seven Leadership Team members and Lead Facilitators serving Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Walker, and Whitfield Counties participated in this workshop in Ellijay.  The agenda was the same as for the workshop on February 28.

Tues., Mar. 17

Hemlock Sapling Rescue Project at Whitepath Golf Course (Gilmer County):  SGH led a project with volunteers from the Master Gardeners and the Garden Club of Ellijay to dig and pot small hemlock saplings that were not selected to be treated during the treatment phase of the Whitepath hemlock project.  Some of the saplings were donated to the Garden Club of Ellijay and the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners (Dahlonega)  for their spring plant sales, and the rest will be offered for adoption by SGH throughout the year.

Fri., Mar. 2o &
Sat., Mar. 21

Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners & 4-H Plant Sale (Dahlonega):  SGH donated healthy hemlock saplings for adoption and provided planting and care instructions along with other hemlock information at this event.  Eleven healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

Sat., 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.
http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

Sat., Mar. 21

Spring Forward Paulding 2015:  SGH had an information booth at the festival in Dallas 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.  Five healthy hemlock saplings were adopted and one was donated to the Paulding County Extension Service as a door prize

Wed., Mar. 25

Hemlock Treatment Project at Whitepath Golf Course (Gilmer County):  SGH led a project with 19 local volunteers and SGH Facilitators to treat the golf course hemlocks that were assessed and flagged in January.  The day began with a 1-hour training class.  Then the teams went out onto the course and treated 295 trees by soil injection, tagged them with pre-numbered metal tags, and recorded them on data sheets. 

Sat., Mar. 28

Trail Fest:  SGH had 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.  We had 104 visitors to our booth.  Healthy hemlock saplings were also available for adoption, and 7 got new homes.

Tues., Mar. 31

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in Frank Gross Campground HCA in Fannin County:  Eight volunteers (4 from SGH and 4 from the Gwinnett Tech Horticulture Club) re-treated 52 trees that had been treated 5 years ago and gave first-time treatment to 9 huge new ones.  THANKS EVERYONE for your good work preserving these beautiful trees.

Sat., Apr. 11

SGH presentation to Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited

30 members attended and learned more about the hemlock problem (especially how it relates to the trout in our north Georgia waterways), why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, the free help Save Georgia's Hemlocks can provide, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  

Sun., Apr. 12

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting.
Click here for meeting agenda
.   Meeting notes will be posted soon.

Tues., Apr. 14

SGH presentation to Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club
18 members attended and learned
about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, the free help Save Georgia's Hemlocks can provide, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands. 

Sat., Apr. 18

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in Blackwell Creek HCA:  A dozen volunteers spent a beautiful half day treating 172 hemlocks in three sites, had a quick picnic lunch, and enjoyed good company in the great outdoors.  THANKS EVERYONE!

Sun., Apr. 19

 

Earth Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History: 
SGH will have an information display and give a presentation drawing attention to the ever worsening hemlock crisis in north Georgia and recently reported in the Atlanta area!  It will explain the vital role hemlocks play in the environment, the threat of extinction by an invasive insect and reasons it matters, steps property owners can take to save their own hemlocks, and ways they can  participate in initiatives to save them on our public lands.  Click here for a flyer you can share with friends.

Sun., Apr. 19

Ecumenical Earth Day Celebration:  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.

Wed., Apr. 22

Earth Day:  2015 - Earth Dayís 45th anniversary - could be the most exciting year in environmental history, the year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands, the year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty, the year in which citizens and organizations divest from fossil fuel investments and put their money into renewable energy solutions.  These are tough issues, but we know that whatís at stake is the future of our planet and the survival of life on earth.  On Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together we can show the world a new direction.  Itís your turn to lead, so our world leaders can follow by example.
http://www.earthday.org/ and http://www.earthday.org/2015

Wed., Apr. 22

Hemlock Treatment Project at Whitepath Golf Course (Gilmer County):  Following a short training session, seven volunteers worked to complete the final phase of this project -- treating 36 very large, very sick hemlocks Safari by basal trunk spray and about 20 more trees with Imidacloprid by soil injection -- bringing the total to 466 trees saved.  The project was organized by Paul Berrey with training and team leaders provided by Save Georgia's Hemlocks.

Fri., Apr. 24

Earth Day at High Meadows School:  SGH had an education station with hemlock seedling potting for 100 kids and some of their parents, along with hemlock information for them to take home

Sat., May 2

Go Fish Georgia 2015:  SGH had an education station with seedling potting for this Girl Scouts of North Georgia event sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited at Mercier Orchards.  About 60 scouts and their families and troop leaders  visited our booth and received a healthy hemlock seedling to take home and plant.

Fri., May 8

Bear Jamboree:  SGH gave a brief presentation about the hemlocks, led a seedling potting activity for about 110 Blackburn Elementary School 5th graders, and gave them some educational materials to take home and share with their families.

Sat., May 9

SGH hemlock treatment project at Camp Rainey Mountain in Rabun County:  SGH partnered with the Boy Scouts to save hemlocks on camp property.  Led by Dr. Ed Brown and Bob Pledger, 11 volunteers worked half a day to treat approximately 100 hemlocks that were not treated during the previous project in spring 2013.

Sat., May 9

Garden Club of Ellijay Plant Sale:  SGH donated 20 healthy hemlock saplings for adoption and provides planting and care instructions along with other hemlock information

Wed., May 15

Endangered Species Day.

Sat., May 16

Hemlock training for Hall County:  Three people attended the Hemlock Help Clinic, and one new Facilitator was trained.

Sat., May 16

Hemlock training for Whitfield and Murray Counties:  Three people attended the Hemlock Help Clinic; one new Facilitator was trained, and one Facilitator received refresher training.

Sun., May 17

Plant Conservation Day.

Sat., May 23 &
Sun., May 24

Blue Ridge Spring Arts in the Park Festival SGH had 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.   Over the two days, about 400 people visited our booth, and 28 healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

Sun., May 24

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting:  SGH had an educational exhibit, gave a brief presentation, and provided printed hemlock information to about 100 property owners who attended the meeting.

Sat., May 30

Hemlock training in Pickens County:  Twelve people attended the Hemlock Help Clinic, and four new Facilitators were trained.

Sat., June 6

Hemlock Day at Anna Ruby Falls SGH had 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.  About 100 people visited our booth, and ten healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

Sun., June 7

National Trails Day.

Sun., June 7

SGH 2015 Hemlock Camp Meeting:   A gathering of kindred spirits to celebrate and preserve the magnificent hemlock.

* Raising awareness of the hemlock crisis and call for help
* Recognizing our members, volunteers and supporters
* Learning about progress in the HWA battle, the latest research and ways we can help

MUSIC by Downtown Roy
FOOD by Poole's Barbecue  plus your own potluck covered dishes
PLUS Environmental Displays & Demonstrations by like-minded organizations and friends of the hemlock
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Richard McDonald, premier researcher of all things hemlock

About 125 people attended this fun and educational event beside the beautiful Coosawattee River under a bright blue sky.  Everyone enjoyed the great music, delicious food, and the good company of friends who care about saving the hemlock.  Dr. McDonald shared a very hopeful message about the growing impact of biological controls in the forest and some exciting ideas about how individuals and organizations such as SGH can play a role to support this approach in Georgia.  A recap of the day will be posted here shortly.

Sat., June 13

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in the Noontootla hemlock conservation area:  Eleven volunteers worked in three teams to re-treat 120 trees and treated about 40 more for the first time.

Sat., June 20

Hemlock training for Dade & Walker Counties:  During the morning two new Facilitators participated in a new format of training that combined classroom learning at the Cloudland Canyon State Park Interpretive Center with hands-on experience treating hemlocks in the park under the supervision of two instructors.  At the same time four other volunteers were working in two teams treating trees.

During the afternoon nine volunteers worked in three teams continuing the hemlock treatment.  In all, 299 hemlocks were treated -- a very good day's work, particularly considering some of the challenging terrain in parts of the park.  THANKS EVERYONE!

Sat., June 27

Hemlock training for Gilmer County:  Nine people attended the Hemlock Help Clinic, and seven participated in the Facilitator Training Workshop.  Five new Facilitators were trained, and two received refresher training.

Completed Events for FY 2014 (Dec. 1, 2013 - Nov. 30, 2014)

Sun., Jan. 12

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting held in Dahlonega.  See About Us page for meeting notes.

Mon., Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Day of Service:  Hemlock sapling planting with the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance at the Outdoor Activity Center, 1442 Richland Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. 

SGH led sixteen volunteers (7 adults and 9 young people) in the planting of 23 donated hemlock saplings in the urban forest at the Outdoor Activity Center.

Wed., Jan. 22

Meeting with youth partners at Ivy Academy (Soddy Daisy, TN)  to support implementation of a Tennessee-based Hope for Hemlocks web site for local hemlock information and a future charitable service organization.   (www.ivyacademychattanooga.com).

Sat., Feb. 8

Hemlock Day in Hall County (Gainesville)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  12 people attended. 
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  8 new Facilitators were trained --
6 for Georgia and 2 for Tennessee.

Sat., Feb. 15
& Sat., Feb. 22

Lead Facilitator Workshop
* review of Lead Facilitator roles and responsibilities
* update on what's new with SGH and the hemlocks
* discussion of current plans for 2014
* group input and ideas for additional educational and service initiatives
* open forum concerning support needed by Leads and other Facilitators

14 Lead Facilitators representing 11 north Georgia counties participated and helped develop some excellent plans for productive outreach, education, and community service, as well as more effective support for our Volunteer Facilitators in their respective counties.

Wed., Feb. 26

SGH presented a tree lesson and led a sapling planting with 15 Jr. Master Gardeners and 5 adults at Lumpkin Elementary School in Dahlonega.  Students learned about the importance of trees, the functions of their parts, and their requirements for healthy growth.

Sat., Mar. 1

Hemlock Day for Banks & Stephens Counties (Toccoa)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 3 people attended.  

Sat., Mar. 8

Hemlock retreatment project on Lake Rabun:  Under the leadership of Buz Stone and Bob Pledger, 18 volunteers worked a total of 116 hours and treated 94 large trees along the edge of the lake, applying Safari by basal trunk spray to guard against any chemical getting into the water.  Thanks everyone!!!

Sat., Mar. 15

Trail Fest in Dahlonega:  A celebration of the beginning of spring, Dahlonega's designation as an AT Trail Community, and its connection with the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail

About 100 visitors stopped by the SGH info booth to learn more about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and available treatments, pick up educational materials.  Several individuals adopted healthy hemlock saplings or signed up for the citizen science initiative  to help save the hemlocks from another pest (a fungus) that is attacking and killing them. 

Fri., Mar. 21 &
Sat., Mar. 22

SGH supported the Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners and Lumpkin County 4-H Club Spring Plant Sale with the donation of 30 healthy hemlock saplings to be offered for adoption. 

Sat., Mar. 29

Hemlock Day for Union County (Blairsville)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  16 people attended. 
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  8 new Facilitators were trained --
7 from Union County and 1 from Towns County.

Sat., Apr. 5

Hemlock Day for Towns County (Young Harris)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  14 people attended. 
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  12 new Facilitators were trained --
9 from Union County, 1 from Fannin, 1 from Hall, and 1 from Cherokee

Sun., Apr. 13

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting. 

Fri., Apr. 18

Earth Day Festival at High Meadows School in Roswell:  SGH had an education station with hemlock seedling potting and take-home materials about how kids and their families can help save the hemlocks.  Eight volunteers helped 100 students pot hemlock seedlings to take home and shared the hemlock message with their families.

Fri., Apr. 25 Training for SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in Lake Winfield Scott HCA. 

Sat., Apr. 26

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project at Lake Winfield Scott. 
41 volunteers treated 813 hemlocks!

Sat., Apr. 26

Bachman Garden & Art Expo:  SGH gave a 30-minute presentation in Signal Mountain, TN about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it.

Sun., Apr. 27

Ecumenical Earth Day in Dalton:  SGH had an info booth with handout materials about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it.  20 people visited our booth.

Sun., Apr. 27

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic in Soddy Daisy, TN sponsored by Ivy Academy.   15 people attended.

Sat., May 3

Hemlock Day for Fannin County (Blue Ridge)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 5 people attended. 

Fri., May 9

Bear Jamboree at Blackburn Elementary School in Dahlonega:  SGH gave a brief presentation to 125 fifth-graders, helped them pot their own little hemlock seedlings, and provided take-home materials about how kids and their families can help save the hemlocks.

Sat., May 10

Hemlock Day for Dade & Walker Counties (at Cloudland Canyon in Rising Fawn)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 10 people attended. 

Sat., May 10

SGH support for Gilmer Garden Club Plant Sale in Ellijay included a dozen potted hemlock saplings for adoption and handout materials.

Tues., May 13

SGH Hemlock Lesson and sapling planting at Gilmer County High School in Ellijay.   Twenty-four students planted a dozen hemlocks beside a small stream along a woodland trail on campus.

Sat., May 17

Hemlock Day for Whitfield County (Dalton)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  4 people attended.
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  1 new Facilitator was trained.

Wed., May 21

SGH Hemlock Lesson and seedling potting at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega.  120 environmental science students potted little hemlock seedlings to take home along with educational handout material.

Sat., May 24 &
Sun., May 25

Spring Arts in the Park Festival in Blue Ridge:  SGH info booth with healthy hemlock saplings available for adoption and handout materials .  11 SGH volunteers staffed the SGH info booth, talked with 400 visitors, and provided  handout materials about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it.  37 hemlock saplings were adopted, and quite a few individuals signed up to serve as citizen scientists for our hemlock needle blight research project.

Sun., May 25

Lake Rabun Assoc Memorial Day Meeting in Clayton:  SGH info booth and brief presentation about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it.

Sat., June 7

Hemlock Day at Anna Ruby Falls:  SGH had an education station with healthy hemlock saplings available for adoption and handout materials about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it.  About 85 visitors stopped by our booth, 7 hemlock saplings were adopted, and several individuals signed up to serve as citizen scientists for our hemlock needle blight research project.

Sat., June 14

Smithgall Woods Kids Day at the Park SGH had an education station with environmental games, reading of Once Upon a Hemlock, and take-home materials about how kids and their families can help save the hemlocks.  About 100 kids and their parents visited our education station.

Wed., June 18 and
Sat., June 21
 

Hemlock Days for Gilmer County (Ellijay)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 10 people attended.
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop: 2 people attended.

Sun., July 13

Annual Meeting and Picnic at Unicoi State Park -- 41 people attended and enjoyed a delicious potluck picnic, special music dedicated to the hemlock by Dawn Davis, a brief report on SGH activities and accomplishments so far this year, a presentation on climate change by keynote speaker Craig Tilley of The Climate Reality Project, followed by an open forum with Craig and forest entomologist Mark Dalusky, and finally a prize drawing.  Click here to see the program.

Sat., July 19

Hemlock Day for White County (Helen)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 1 person attended.
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  This class may be rescheduled as we had some "publicity glitches."

Tues., July 22

On-line presentation to Foundation in Environmental Education class, University of Illinois: "Working with Volunteers."  5 students and 1 teacher participated.

Sat., July 26

Hemlock Day for Habersham County (Clarkesville)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 4 people attended.

Sat., Aug. 2

Hemlock Day for Rabun County (Clayton)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 15 people attended.
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop: 5 new Facilitators were trained.

Sun., Aug. 3

SGH Summer Leadership Team Meeting.

Thursday, Aug. 7

Hemlock Day for Fannin County (Blue Ridge)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 14 people attended.
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:
5 new Facilitators were trained.

Sat., Aug. 16

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in Bowers Cove hemlock conservation area south of Blairsville on FS 298. 

Ten volunteers retreated 88 trees and selected, tagged, and treated 30 more.  And guess what -- we saw fresh evidence that a bear had just visited the area!

Fri., Aug. 22

Hemlock Day for Lumpkin and Dawson Counties (Dahlonega)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 6 people attended.
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop: 3 new Facilitators were trained.

Sat., Aug. 23

Partnership Hike with Georgia ForestWatch:   Sixteen people participated in this joint outing at Dockery Lake near Dahlonega to focus attention on the hemlocks and the fight against the woolly adelgid, learn about the range of HWA control efforts, and observe the current condition of trees in both the biological control and chemical treatment areas around the lake. 

Jim Sullivan of the Georgia Forestry Commission and Bruce Granger of SGH led the hike, while Jim and SGH's Donna Shearer provided information and answered questions during the hike.

Sun., Aug. 31

Lake Rabun Assoc Labor Day Meeting in Clayton:   SGH had an info booth with handout materials about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it. 

Sat., Sept. 6

Inspiring Stewardship -- A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  SGH had an education station with healthy hemlock saplings available for adoption and handout materials about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it.  About 40 visitors stopped by our booth, 4 hemlock saplings were adopted, and several individuals signed up to serve as citizen scientists for our hemlock needle blight research project.

Wed., Sept. 10

Hemlock Day for Pickens County (Jasper)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 6 people attended.
SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:
3 new Facilitators were trained.

Wed., Sept. 17

Hemlock Day for Murray County (Chatsworth)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop:
These classes were offered, but there were no sign-ups.

Sat., Sept. 20

Hemlock Day in Cloudland Canyon (Rising Fawn)

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  14 people attended the Workshop,
and 7 new Facilitators were trained.

Hemlock Treatment Project in the Park: Immediately after the training workshop, 12 volunteers worked in 4 teams and treated 117 hemlocks on some very challenging terrain along the Waterfall Trail and Sitton's Gulch Trail.  About the same number of trees still need treating on those two trails, so watch for news of another treatment project to be scheduled.

Wed., Sept. 24

Hemlock Day for Banks County (Homer)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic: 2 people attended, and plans are underway for a possible Arbor Day event next February and/or a special program for the Homer Garden Club next March.

Sat., Sept. 27

Hike & Help the Hemlocks:  SGH and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association teamed up again co-sponsor this annual event, which included a choice of two morning activities -- a family-friendly hike led by members of BMTA or a hemlock treatment project with SGH and the U. S. Forest Service.  The event was held at Dockery Lake between Dahlonega and Suches. 

Twenty-one hemlock helpers worked in 4 teams under the direction of Jim Wentworth of the U. S. Forest Service to re-treat 164 healthy trees that had been treated 5 years ago and tagged/treated several more that were still in good condition.  A dozen hikers  led by Ralph Heller of the BMTA had a wonderful educational hike on the Dockery Lake Trail around the lake and going and part-way up toward the Appalachian Trail at Miller Gap.

Then everyone came together for a picnic beside the lake, followed by brief presentations by Robert Fuller of North Georgia College & State University about the predator beetle program to control the hemlock woolly adelgid, Jim Wentworth about the progress of chemical and biological controls in the National Forest, and Ralph Heller about BMTA's many activities focused on trail maintenance and their semi-monthly hikes.

THANKS EVERYONE FOR A GREAT NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY!

Thurs., Oct. 2

SGH Hemlock Presentation for "Eagles" group at Nacoochee United Methodist Church in Sautee Nacoochee.  75 people attended.

Sat., Oct. 4

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival on the grounds of the Rabun County Civic Center in Clayton:  SGH had an info booth with healthy hemlock saplings available for adoption and handout materials about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it. 

Sat., Oct 4

Indian Summer Festival at Woody Gap School in Suches:  SGH had an info booth with healthy hemlock saplings available for adoption and handout materials about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what can be done about it.  95 people visited our booth, and 8 individuals signed up to participate in the citizen science research initiative  to help save the hemlocks from another pest (a fungus) that is attacking and killing them.

Location is the grounds of Woody Gap School on Highway 60 in Suches.

Fri., Oct. 17

North Georgia Forest Landowners Field Day in Elberton, presented by the Georgia Forestry Commission.  Topics included Managing Your Wildlife, Selling Your Timber, Wildfire Mitigation, Cost Share Program & the Farm Bill, and Forest Health.  SGH gave a brief presentation about the kinds of help we provide to the GFC and private property owners.  An estimated 40 people were in attendance.

Sun., Oct. 26

SGH Fall Leadership Team Meeting.

Fri., Nov. 7

SGH Information Booth at Cherokee County Senior Expo (Canton)

SGH had an info booth to provide educational materials about the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and what property owners can do to save their trees.  A subject matter expert was on hand to answer questions and concerns.  We had 200 people who visited our booth, gained 2 new members, and got 4 saplings adopted.

Location was Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114.

Sat., Nov. 8

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in the Little Rock Creek hemlock conservation area off Highway 60 near Suches.   11 volunteers re-treated 170 trees and treated about a dozen new ones, pausing at midday for a group picnic beside the waterfall.

Photo by Jack Anthony

Mon., Nov. 10

Hemlock Day in Gordon County (Calhoun)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for gardeners and the public: 6 people attended, and 4 of them signed up as citizen scientists for the Rosellinia needle blight research project.

Location was the new Gordon County Agricultural Service Center,
1282 SR 53 Spur, SW, Calhoun, GA 30701.

Tues., Nov. 18

Cox Conserves Heroes
Reception and Awards

Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) which, in partnership with Channel 2 WSB-TV, honors volunteers who create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities.  The program takes place in multiple Cox locations across the nation.

Congratulations to Bob Scott for being named Atlanta's 2014 Cox Conserves Hero.  His nonprofit of choice, South Fork Conservancy, will receive a $10,000 award; the two finalists will each receive an award of $2,500 for their nonprofits of choice.   Click here to read the press release.

Save Georgia's Hemlocks was the winner of Atlantaís 2012 Cox Conserves Heroes program and received an award of $10,000 to further its educational and charitable service work to save the endangered hemlock.

Sat., Nov. 22

Hemlock Day at Clemson (Walhalla, S.C.)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and the public.  27 people attended Following class, a hemlock tree sale was held in the parking lot.  Trees 3 to 6 feet tall in 3, 5, and 7 gallon containers were provided by Sook Rock Nursery of Westminster and offered for sale at $18.00.  Both events were sponsored by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.

© Save Georgia's Hemlocks 2009.  Last updated 05/12/2015.
Send comments or questions by e-mail  or call the Hemlock Help LineSM  706-429-8010.