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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., Oct. 26, 2014

Schedule of Events

The calendar below shows the SGH presentations, training, service projects, and fairs/festivals planned so far for 2014.  Other events may be scheduled as they are requested or as opportunities become known.

Presentations and Training:  Throughout the year, we offer Hemlock Help Clinics and Facilitator training, workshops for Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, Hemlock Lessons for elementary through high school classes, and presentations to property owner associations, churches, and other community groups.
NEW for the Green Industry:  Pesticide applicators and environmental educators in Georgia and certified arborists in the southeast can now earn Continuing Education Units for attending our Hemlock Help Clinic and Facilitator Training Workshop.  Pre-registration through SGH is required for CEUs; call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.

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.

Environmental/Conservation Days:  Our 2014 calendar contains a new feature: some key dates designated for national or international environmental and conservation awareness.  We would like to encourage you to think of creative ways to observe these special days, especially if there's a way to involve young people in the events.  And if there's a way to connect an event with the hemlock cause, Save Georgia's Hemlocks would like to know about it and offer any help that we can give you.

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

Sun., Oct. 26, 1 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team fall meeting

Agenda will be posted here soon.

Location is the home of Donna Shearer, 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

Sat., Nov. 8,
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in the Little Rock Creek hemlock conservation area near Suches.   To sign up, please email donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org or call 706-429-8010.

Details coming soon.

Photo by Jack Anthony

Mon., Nov. 10
noon to 1 p.m.

SGH Hemlock Presentation for Gordon County, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service as part of their Lunch-and-Learn series.  Free and open to the public.

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

Tues., Nov. 18, 10 a.m.
(tentative)

Hemlock Day in Cherokee County (Canton)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Master Gardeners and the public.  Come and learn what's killing the hemlocks and how to recognize the problem, why these trees are uniquely important, and what property owners can do to save their trees.  Certified arborists, licensed pesticide application contractors, and environmental educators can earn CEUs for attendance.

Location is the Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Service, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Suite G49, Canton, GA 30114.

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. 19

Arbor Day in Georgia:  This is a day on which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.  The Georgia Forestry Commission's web site has some good information about the benefits of trees, planting tips, Arbor Day events, and teacher resources.

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

International Day of Forests and the Tree:  This holiday, designated by the United Nations, promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives.  In his 2013 message, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "I urge governments, businesses and all sectors of society to commit to reducing deforestation, preventing forest degradation, reducing poverty, and promoting sustainable livelihoods for all forest-dependent peoples."   Click here for more information and ideas about how to celebrate this day.

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.

Tues., Apr. 22

Earth Day:  This annual event, coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, is designed to promote support for environmental protection.  Click here for more information and ideas about how to celebrate this day.

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.

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.

Sun., May 18

Plant Conservation Day:  This global event is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and conserving plants for people and the planet.  Click here for more information and ideas on how to celebrate this day.

Wed., May 21

Endangered Species Day:  This day is set aside by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services to recognize and promote the national conservation effort to protect our nation's endangered species and their habitats.  Click here for more information and ideas on how to celebrate this day.  And the National Wildlife Federation has some especially good ideas for teachers and students.

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 500 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., May 31
This event is being rescheduled.

Hemlock Day for Murray County (Chatsworth)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic and SGH Facilitator Training Workshop

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 95 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.

Sun., June 8

National Trails Day:  This is a celebration of Americaís magnificent Trail System.  It features a wide variety of outdoor activities designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States, such as hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, bird watching. geocaching, and more.  Click here for more information, ideas, and events taking place near you.

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.

Sat., June 14
This event is being rescheduled.

Hemlock Day for Pickens County (Jasper)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic and SGH Facilitator Training Workshop

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.

Sat., Aug. 2

Smokey Bearís Birthday:  Smokey Bear has been a symbol of fire safety and fire prevention since 1944, and the Cradle of Forestry will host this special bearís 70th birthday celebration in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC.  The purpose of the Smokey program is to create and maintain public awareness about the need to prevent unplanned, human-caused wildland fires. 

Click here to learn more about wildfire science, preventing forest fires, and fighting forest fires.

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. 

Thur., Sept. 4

National Wildlife Day:  This day focuses attention on all the amazing creature in nature and is an opportunity to raise awareness about the many endangered species in this country and around the world.  Click here for more information and ideas about how to celebrate the day.

Sat., Sept. 6

50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act:  2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, the landmark conservation bill that created a way for Americans to protect their most pristine wildlands for future generations. The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast.

This anniversary is a wonderful chance to celebrate all that's been achieved for wilderness in the past 50 years and remind Americans of all that we can achieve in the next 50.  Click here to read The Wilderness Act.  For more information and ideas about how to celebrate, visit www.wilderness.org and www.wilderness50th.org/toolbox.

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

National Public Lands Day:   This is a day of celebration, honoring America's public lands and recognizing their role in shaping our history and enriching our lives.  It is also a day of service, restoring and protecting our natural heritage through volunteerism and education.  Click here to learn more about this special day.

Sat., Sept. 27

Hike & Help the HemlocksSGH 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.  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.

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