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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., Apr. 10, 2016

Schedule of Events

The calendar below shows the SGH presentations, training, service projects, and fairs/festivals that are scheduled so far for FY 2016, 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 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 a number of hemlock rescue and planting projects.

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 2016 (Dec. 1, 2015 - Nov. 30, 2016)

Tues., Feb. 9,
10 - 11 a.m.

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for the Cornelia Garden Club:  This is an overview presentation on the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why it's so important to do so.  Click for an outline

Location is 335 Laurel Place Dr., Cornelia, GA  30351.  For information please call Candy Cordella 706-244-6721. 

Fri., Feb. 12

SGH hemlock training for Pickens County:
An educational event sponsored by Bent Tree Forest Conservation Committee, open to all Bent Tree property owners and members of the community. 

Noon - 1:00 p.m. Hemlock Help Clinic:  An overview presentation on the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why it's so important to do so.  Click for an outlineProfessional CEUs are available.

1:15 - 5:30 p.m. Facilitator Training Workshop:  Click for an outline.
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural
   practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, personal and environmental safety, cost
   considerations
* Volunteer training for assisting property owners, working on our public lands, and supporting
   the hemlock cause through any of 20+ educational and charitable service initiatives
* A short hemlock treatment project in Bent Tree for immediate hands-on practice and service

Registration is required.  Call 706-429-8010 or email donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org
no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10. 

Location is the Tamarack Club in Bent Tree near Jasper. 

Thurs., Feb. 18,
6:30 p.m.

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Atlanta Area.: Trees Atlanta is hosting this free educational event.  It will present information about the importance of the hemlock, the invasive insect that's threatening to destroy this iconic species, what can be done to save the trees, and how volunteers can help.  Special focus will be placed on how hemlocks can be used in urban settings.   Click for an outlineProfessional CEUs are available.

The public is cordially invited.  Location is the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse, 112 Krog Street, Suite #7, Atlanta, GA 30307.  Call 404-458-4515 for information.

Fri., Feb. 19,
11 a.m.

Arbor Day in Dahlonega:  The City of Dahlonega is holding an Arbor Day celebration during which Save Georgia's Hemlocks will share a brief message about the plight of the hemlocks, and a large hemlock saplings donated by SGH will be planted.

Location is Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega.  Call Nancy Lovingood 706-973-9977 for more information.

Sat., Feb. 20

Arbor Day in GeorgiaThis holiday 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.  You can also order tree seedlings from the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Sat., Feb. 20

SGH hemlock training for Lumpkin & Dawson Counties:

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Hemlock Help Clinic:  An overview presentation on the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save them, and why it's so important to do so.  Click for a course description and outlineProfessional CEUs are available.

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Facilitator Training Workshop:  Click for a course description and outline Professional CEUs are available.
* 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 for assisting property owners, working on our public lands, and supporting
   the hemlock cause through any of 20+ educational and charitable service initiatives

Registration is required.  Call 706-429-8010 or email donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org
no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 18. 

Location is the  Visitors Center, 13 South Park Street on the square in Dahlonega.

Wed., Feb. 24 &
Thurs., Feb. 25

North Carolina HWA Bio-Control Forum:   Presented by the Blue Ridge RC&D and partners, this forum will bring together public agencies, regional councils and conservation groups, local nonprofits, and environmental professionals to address regional bio-control efforts.  Members of the SGH Leadership Team will be participating.

Location is Montreat Conference Center,  Upper Anderson Auditorium, 401 Assembly Dr., Montreat, NC 28757.  For information or registration, contact Jonathan Hartsell at jhartsell@blueridgercd.org or 828-284-9818.

Thurs., Feb. 25
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

North Georgia Gardening Symposium:   A joint venture of Chattahoochee Technical College and UGA Extension, this symposium is intended for horticulture industry professionals as well as advanced home gardeners.  Professional CEUs are available.  Topics will include:

* Tree Sceen Investigation
* Landscape Safety Tips
* Trials, Tribulations, and a Thuja or Two
* Protecting Bees & Pollinators from Pesticides
* Turfgrass IPM Strategies

Registration is required.  Call 770-528-4550 or go online to http://t.uga.edu/1ZL.   Registration fee of $35 includes a networking lunch with local vendors on display.  Click here for a flyer.  SGH will have an information table there.

Location is Chattahoochee Technical College, North Metro Campus, Building D, Room 400 , 5198 Ross Rd., Acworth, GA  30102.

Sat., Mar. 12,
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH hemlock treatment project:   VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to retreat the large hemlocks on the Lake Rabun Narrows that were treated two years ago.  To ensure protection of the waterway, the trees will be treated again with Safari applied by the basal trunk spray method.  Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then work in teams the treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the lake.  A few pontoon boats will be needed to reach the work sites.

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please contact Buz Stone at 404-626-1746 or buzstone@gmail.com.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Mar. 9 - 19

Spring Forward Paulding:   Sponsored by the UGA Extension Service - Paulding County, Spring Forward Paulding presents a series of fun and education  over a 10-day period.  Come and learn about vegetable and landscape gardening, water conservation, and local farmers markets from experts. 

On Sat., Mar. 19 at 2 p.m. Mary Carol Sheffield, Paulding County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, will present "Native Trees for the Landscape" at the Crossroads Public Library, 909 Harmony Grove Church Rd, Acworth, GA 30101.  SGH will have an information table there.

Registration is required.  Click here for a flyer of the dates, times, and places for all  events. 

Sat., Mar. 19,
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to treat or retreat the trees in the Jones Creek hemlock conservation area of Lumpkin County.  Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then work in teams to treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the waterway. 

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please call 706-429-8010 or email donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Mon., 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.

Sat., Apr. 2,
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH- USFS hemlock treatment project (day 1 of 3):  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to treat or retreat the trees in the Anna Ruby Falls hemlock conservation area.  Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then work in teams to treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the waterway.  This project will continue on April 9 and 23.

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please call 706-212-2833 or email bobpledger@windstream.net.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Sat., Apr. 9,
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH- USFS hemlock treatment project (day 2 of 3):  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to continue treatment or retreatment of the trees in the Anna Ruby Falls hemlock conservation area.  Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then work in teams to treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the waterway.  This project will continue on April 23.

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please call 706-212-2833 or email bobpledger@windstream.net.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Sun., Apr. 10,
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  All Board Members, Officers, and Lead Facilitators should plan to attend.  Other interested persons are welcome.  An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

Location is the Education Cabin at Smithgall Woods, Helen.

Sat., Apr. 16 &
Sun., Apr. 17,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Bear on the Square:  SGH will have an information booth at this 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 also be available for adoption.

Location is the historic square in downtown Dahlonega.

Wed., 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.

Fri., Apr. 22

Earth Day at High Meadows School:  SGH will have education station with hemlock seedling potting for elementary students and their parents at the school in Roswell, along with hemlock information for them to take home.

Location is  High Meadows School, 10 55 Willeo Rd. in Roswell.

Sat., Apr. 23,
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH- USFS hemlock treatment project (day 3 of 3):  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to complete treatment of the trees in the Anna Ruby Falls hemlock conservation area.  Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then work in teams to treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the waterway. 

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please call 706-212-2833 or email bobpledger@windstream.net.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Sun., Apr. 24,
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Ecumenical Earth Day:  SGH will have an information booth at this festival in Dalton 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 Christ the King Lutheran Church, 623 S. Thornton Ave, Dalton, Georgia 30720.

Sat., Apr. 30,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trout Fest:  SGH will have an information booth at the 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 also be available for adoption.

Location is  the Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge.

Fri., May 13

Bear Jamboree:  SGH will give a brief presentation about the hemlocks, lead a seedling potting activity for 5th graders at Blackburn Elementary School in Dahlonega, and provide educational materials to take home and share with their families.

Location is Blackburn Elementary School, 45 Blackburn Rd. in Dawsonville.

Sat., May 14
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to treat or retreat the trees in the Anderson Creek hemlock conservation area of Gilmer County.  Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then work in teams to treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the waterway. 

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please call 706-429-8010 or email donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Wed., 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 20

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 21,
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Mountain Laurel 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 Clarkesville historic square and Pitts Park.

Sat., May 28 &
Sun., May 29,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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 also be available for adoption.

Location is Downtown Blue Ridge.

Sun., May 29

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting:  SGH will have an educational exhibit, give a brief presentation, and provide printed hemlock information to property owners who attend the meeting in Lakemont.

Sat., June 4

National Trails Day:  A celebration of America’s 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 Day® 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 Day® 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 4,
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Hemlock Day at Anna Ruby Falls 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 Anna Ruby Falls Visitors Center, 3455 Anna Ruby Rd., Sautee, GA  30571.

Sun., June 5,
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

SGH HEMLOCK CAMP MEETING:  Please join us for a gathering of kindred spirits to celebrate and preserve the magnificent hemlock.   This family-friendly event will include educational booths and displays, fun activities for all ages, good food and fellowship, a special guest speaker, and good news for the hemlocks. 

It will also serve as our Annual Meeting and Membership Picnic.  Details will be posted here as they become available.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  FREE with your your current, renewing, or new SGH membership for 2016

Location is the ETC Pavilion on Legion Rd. in Ellijay.

Sat., June 11,
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH- USFS hemlock treatment project (day 1 of 2):  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to treat or retreat the trees in the Rabun Beach Recreation hemlock conservation area.  Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then work in teams to treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the waterway.  This project will continue on June 25.

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please call 706-212-2833 or email bobpledger@windstream.net.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Sat., June 25,
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH- USFS hemlock treatment project (day 2 of 2):  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to continue treatment or retreatment of the trees in the Rabun Beach Recreation hemlock conservation area.  Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then work in teams to treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the waterway. 

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please call 706-212-2833 or email bobpledger@windstream.net.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Sun., July 10,
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting:  All Board Members, Officers, and Lead Facilitators should plan to attend.  Other interested persons are welcome.  An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

Tentative location is the Martyn House, 131 N. Main St. in downtown Ellijay.

Sat., Aug. 27,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. &
Sun., Aug 28,
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Young Harris Art FestSGH 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.  We had 104 visitors to our booth.  Healthy hemlock saplings will also be available for adoption.

Location is Mayors Park, 50 Irene Berry Dr, Young Harris, GA 30582.

Sat., Sept. 3 &
Sun., Sept. 4,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mountain Heritage FestivalSGH 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.  We had 104 visitors to our booth.  Healthy hemlock saplings will also be available for adoption.

Location is one block south of the Town Square, Blairsville, on U.S. 19 /129.

Sun., Sept. 4

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:  SGH will have an exhibit, give a brief presentation, and provide printed hemlock information to property owners who attend the meeting in Lakemont.

Sun., 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.  We had 104 visitors to our booth.  Healthy hemlock saplings will also be available for adoption.

Location is the Historic Square and Hancock Park in Dahlonega.

Sat., Sept. 24

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. 24,
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SGH-BMTA ANNUAL HIKE & HELP THE HEMLOCKS: 
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
.  For the seventh consecutive year,  SGH and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association will again partner with the U. S. Forest Service for this event that combines education and service in celebration of National Public Lands Day. 

At the start of the day, volunteers will receive a brief orientation and safety reminder and then work in teams to treat or retreat the trees in the Stanley Creek hemlock conservation area near Fall Branch Falls near Cherry Log in Gilmer County.  At midday everyone will come together for a picnic lunch and some interesting lunch-and-learn presentations, including how to treat your own trees, an update on what's happening in the forest, news about bio-controls, and more.  After lunch teams will finish the treatment activity and be ready to depart no later than 3 p.m.

Sign-up is required.  For information or to volunteer, please call 706-429-8010 or email donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Location and other details will be posted soon. 

Sat., Oct. 1,
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival SGH will have an information booth at this fun event in Rabun County 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 Civic Center, 201 West Savannah St. in Clayton.

Sat., Oct. 1 &
Sun., Oct. 2,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Indian Summer Festival: S GH 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 were also available for adoption. 

Location is the Woody Gap School, 2331 Highway 60 in Suches.

Sat., Oct. 1 &
Sun., Oct. 2,
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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 were also available for adoption. 

Location is Lee Newton Park, 500 Stegall Drive in Jasper.

Sun., Oct. 23,
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team fall meetingAll Board Members, Officers, and Lead Facilitators should plan to attend.  Other interested persons are welcome.  An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

Location is 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.

Completed Events for FY 2016 (Dec. 1, 2015 - Nov. 30, 2016)

Fri., Dec. 4 &
Sat., Dec. 5

Kris Kringle Mountain Market:  SGH had an information booth at this festive event in Blairsville 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.  Fifteen healthy hemlock saplings got new homes for the holiday.

Fri., Jan. 8

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Soque Garden Club.  Approximately 50 people attended this free class, and one sapling was adopted.

Sun., Jan. 10

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting. 

Click here for the meeting agenda.  Meeting notes will be posted shortly.

Mon., Jan. 11

SGH presentation to Friends of Unicoi State Park:  Approximately 20 people attended this presentation to learn more about the problem our hemlocks are having and consider participating in a volunteer project to re-evaluate trees in the Park that are due for retreatment next year.

Details for the scouting project will be posted here as soon as they're available.

Mon., Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Hope you all went out and did a good thing in your community today!

Thurs., Jan. 28

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Forsyth County Master Gardeners:  Twenty-five Master Gardeners attended this overview presentation on the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save the trees, and why it's so important to do so. 

Three lucky gardeners won large hemlock saplings, donated by SGH, as door prizes.

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

Tues., Jan. 6

Whitepath Golf Course Hemlock Project (Gilmer County):  Assessment Phase

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 was 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):  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.  You can also order tree seedlings from the Georgia Forestry Commission.

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.

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 the Frank Gross Campground hemlock conservation area of 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 the meeting notes.

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 the Blackwell Creek hemlock conservation area of Union County:  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 had an information display and gave a presentation drawing attention to the ever worsening hemlock crisis in north Georgia and recently reported in the Atlanta area!  It provided information about 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 the flyer.

Sun., Apr. 19

Ecumenical Earth Day Celebration:  SGH had an information booth at this festival in Dalton 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 Day’s 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 what’s 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.  It’s your turn to lead, so our world leaders can follow by example.

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 at the school in Roswell, 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 in Blue Ridge.  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 5th graders at Blackburn Elementary School in Dahlonega, 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 the camp's 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:  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 16

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

Sat., May 16

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

Mon., 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.

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 in Lakemont.

Sat., May 30

Hemlock training in Jasper for 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:  A celebration of America’s 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 Day® 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 Day® 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.

Sun., June 7

SGH 2015 Hemlock Camp Meeting:   About 130 participants, guests, and other kindred spirits gathered at the ETC Pavilion in Ellijay to celebrate and preserve the magnificent hemlock.

Click here for a recap and photos of the event.

Sat., June 13

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in the Noontootla hemlock conservation area of Fannin County:  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 in Rising Fawn 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 in Ellijay 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.

Sun., July 12

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting. 

Click here for the meeting notes.

Sat., July 25

Hemlock training in Dawsonville for Dawson CountyOne person attended the Hemlock Help Clinic and participated in the Facilitator Training Workshop.

Sat., Aug. 8

Hemlock training in Dahlonega for Lumpkin County:  Three people attended the Hemlock Help Clinic, and two new Facilitators were trained.

Thurs., Aug. 13

Hemlock training in Calhoun for Gordon County:  SGH conducted a Hemlock Help Clinic at Cooperative Extension Service Agent Greg Bowman's Lunch & Learn program for Gordon County Master Gardeners.  Nine people attended.

Mon., Aug 17

Hemlock training for Americore at Smithgall Woods

SGH provided customized classroom and hands-on training for a group of five Americore participants who are working with Brian Nichols and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  The focus was on the practical aspects of evaluating a HWA infestation, choosing the appropriate treatment materials and method, applying the treatment, safety considerations, and required record keeping.

Sat., Aug. 29

Hemlock training in Blue Ridge for Fannin, Union, and Towns Counties:  SGH conducted a Hemlock Help Clinic, and nine people attended.   A Facilitator Training Workshop will be scheduled later in the fall.

Fri., 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.

Sun., Sept. 6

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:  SGH had an exhibit, gave a brief presentation, and provided printed hemlock information for about 100 attendees in Lakemont.

Sat., Sept. 26

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.

On NPLD 2015 nearly 200,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at 2,520 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 

Sat., Sept. 26

SGH-BMTA ANNUAL HIKE & HELP THE HEMLOCKS

SGH and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association teamed up again to co-sponsor this annual event in celebration of National Public Lands Day.  The event was held at Lake Winfield Scott Campground near Suches and 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.  Unfortunately, the hike was rained out, but the treatment project went forward with 19 volunteers who treated or retreated about 250 trees.

Following the morning activities, everyone came together to enjoy their sack lunches at the covered pavilion beside the lake.  During dessert we heard the news from Jim Wentworth of the Forest Service about current conditions in the forest and some re-organizing of responsibilities across the Blue Ridge and Chattooga River Districts.  John Logan (Dade/Walker Counties), Dave Teffeteller (Gilmer County), and Bob Pledger (Rabun County) shared their observations about the hemlocks in their respective areas and mentioned upcoming educational and service events for this fall.  Then Donna Shearer gave a brief presentation about two more insect pests (spider mites and elongate hemlock scale) and two fungal pests (Rosellinia needle blight and tip/shoot blight) that are attacking our hemlocks.  She also provided information about the random yellow/orange patches showing up on the hemlocks now and explained that this is part of the normal hemlock life cycle in the fall as the trees prepare for new replacement needles that will  push old ones off in the spring.

Sat., Oct.3

Indian Summer Festival at Woody Gap School in Suches:  We had to cancel our information booth at this event due to a combination of heavy rain and the illness of  the SGH member who was heading up our participation.  Get well soon!

Sat., Oct. 3

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival SGH had an information booth at this fun event in Rabun County 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 were also available for adoption. 

We had 75 visitors to our booth, and 2 saplings were adopted.

Sat., Oct. 3 &
Sun., Oct. 4

Marble Festival:  For the first time, SGH had 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 were also available for adoption. 

Although Saturday was rained out, on Sunday we had 72 visitors to our booth, and all 12 saplings were adopted.

Sat., Oct. 10

White Horse Cove Community Association:  SGH gave a brief presentation to this Cleveland community about what's killing our hemlocks, why it's so important to take timely action, and what property owners can do to save their trees.

Sun., Oct. 18

Hemlock Sapling Planting:  SGH donated 30 healthy hemlock saplings and participated in their planting with youth and their families at an Earth Care event sponsored by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Northwest Atlanta Unitarian-Universalist Church, and the Jack and Jill program.  The trees were planted in the urban forest at the WAWA Outdoor Activity Center.

Sat., Oct. 24

Hemlock training in Clarkesville for Rabun, Towns, Habersham, White, Stephens, and Banks Counties:  We had 20 attendees for the Hemlock Help Clinic, trained 8 new Facilitators, and refreshed 4 experienced Facilitators.

Sun., Oct. 25

SGH Leadership Team fall meetingMargot Wallston, new coordinator for North Carolina's Hemlock Restoration Initiative, was our special guest and provided information about biological controls as they are being used in North Carolina.  She also shared her insights about the possibilities for SGH to become more involved with biological controls here in Georgia.  We also discussed plans for next year's training classes, festival participation, treatment projects, Hemlock Camp Meeting, and several new initiatives.

Click here for the meeting agenda.  Meeting notes will be published soon.

Wed., Oct. 28

Hemlock Sapling Planting:  At a community event sponsored by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, the Conservation Fund, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, local school children planted 20 healthy hemlock saplings donated by SGH at a new park in Atlanta's English Avenue neighborhood. 

Wed., Nov. 4 -
Fri., Nov. 6

Beetles Save Needles:  Members of the SGH Board participated in a workshop that provided training on predator beetle insectaries and release sites conducted by Blue Ridge Resource Conservation & Development under a grant from the Hemlock Restoration Initiative.   We visited beetle release sites at Biltmore Estates and several other locations near Asheville.  We also met a number of people representing colleges, municipalities, and public lands that have procured and released beetles, established their own insectaries, or are in the process of doing so.

Sat., Nov. 7

SGH presentation at Bent Tree:  Members of Bent Tree's Lake & Wildlife Committee received a presentation covering the devastation facing the hemlocks, the causes, consequences, and solutions. It also included information about the pine bark beetle problem and native plant life in their area.

Sat., Nov. 14

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in the Rock Creek hemlock conservation area off Highway 60 near Suches

Tues., Nov. 17

Cox Conserves Heroes award ceremony at WSB-TV in Atlanta Channel 2 WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land named Tom Branch as Atlanta’s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero. Branch’s nonprofit of choice, Park Pride, will receive $10,000 on his behalf.  The three finalists were chosen by a judging panel and then competed in an online public vote to be named Atlanta’s Cox Conserves Hero.

Branch transformed an overgrown space into Frazier Rowe Park.  He has coordinated hundreds of volunteers to create a trail system and lead a forest restoration.  The workdays bring families together and help the community participate in intergenerational activities like hiking, gardening, bird watching and outdoor enjoyment.  His work is teaching future generations about community service and the importance of the environment.

The two runners-up each receive $5,000 for their nonprofits of choice.  Alan Toney selected Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and Julie Burroughs chose Friends Group of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Wed., Nov. 18

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop in Ellijay:  This final class for 2015 was offered to all participants, regardless of county, who wanted to learn the real "nitty gritty" about how to save their own hemlocks AND receive in-depth volunteer training for assisting other property owners and working on our public lands.  Unfortunately, just as class was about to begin, a tremendous storm came through and prevented many of the registrants from attending.  We invite everyone who is interested in taking this training to check our 2016 class schedule on this page as soon as it's posted and sign up for another opportunity in the near future.

Sat., Nov. 21

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in the Hemlock Falls hemlock conservation area near Moccasin Creek State Park in Rabun CountyFourteen volunteers worked in three teams to re-treat 43 trees and gave first-time treatment to 139 more.

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