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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., Jan. 8, 2017

Schedule of Events

The calendar below shows the SGH presentations, training, service projects, and fairs/festivals that are scheduled so far for FY 2017, followed by those that were completed in FY 2016.  We will be planning many more educational events and service projects throughout the year and will post that information here as each one is scheduled.

Presentations and Training:  Throughout the year, we offer Hemlock Help Clinics for a wide variety of audiences, Facilitator training for volunteers, Hemlock Lessons for elementary through high school classes, and special presentations for garden clubs, property owner associations, churches, civic organizations, and community groups.

Service Projects:  We will continue our partnership with the U. S. Forest Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to treat hemlocks on public lands and will undertake additional hemlock treatment projects for other nonprofits, public land managers, and private property owners whenever we can.  We will also conduct 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 2017 (Dec. 1, 2016 - Nov. 30, 2017)

Thurs., Dec. 8, 2016
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Hemlock Field Insectary Project:  SGH will launch its Hemlock Field Insectary Program with a project on the campus of the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega to plant 20 to 30 hemlock saplings that will ultimately be used for raising predator beetles to control the hemlock woolly adelgid.   Master Gardeners, UNG students, and other volunteers are encouraged to come and help with the planting.  Helpers will also be needed to keep the trees watered during their establishment period. 

The location to meet is the predator beetle lab on Sunset Dr. on campus.
To volunteer, contact Chris (
404-630-0156, chrustead@yahoo.com) or Donna (706-429-8010, donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org).  We'll send the details when you sign up.

Thurs., Dec. 15, 2016
12:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture Series:  SGH will give a presentation on the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save the trees, why it's so important to do so, and how volunteers can help.   The event is open to the public, but reservations are requested.   Click here for details.

The location is Elachee Nature Science Center, Mundy Education Hall, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504.

Tues., Dec. 20, 2016
9:00 a.m. - afternoon

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Hemlock Treatment Project:  SGH will support the Georgia DNR to treat hemlocks in an environmentally sensitive area of Rabun County that is home to an extremely rare species of wildflower -- persistent trillium.   These beautiful but endangered shade-loving plants are growing under, and highly dependent on, a five-acre canopy of hemlocks which themselves are threatened by the hemlock woolly adelgid.  Please take a break from your holiday festivities and come out to help.  

The location to meet is the Interpretive Center in Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573.
To volunteer, call 706-429-8010 or email donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org
.  Details will be provided when you sign up.

Sat., Apr. 29, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trout Fest:  SGH will again have an information booth at this important 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 be available for adoption.  In addition, special materials will highlight the importance of hemlocks to the health of local trout populations, our partnership with Trout Unlimited, and opportunities to work together on behalf of the forests and waterways we share.

The location is the downtown city park in Blue Ridge.

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.

Fri., Feb. 12

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

There were 14 attendees at the Hemlock Help Clinic; 8 new Facilitators were trained; and 2 Facilitator received refresher training.  During the hands-on demo and practice segment, Facilitator trainees did charitable treatment of 40 trees for 4 property owners in Bent Tree.

Thurs., Feb. 18

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic in Atlanta:   Thirty people attended this free educational event hosted by Trees Atlanta.  The presentation, which took place at the Tree House on Krog Street, provided information about the importance of the hemlock, the invasive insect that's threatening to destroy this iconic tree, what can be done to save the hemlock, and how volunteers can help.  Special focus was placed on the value of hemlocks used in urban settings.  

Fri., Feb. 19

Arbor Day in Dahlonega:  The City of Dahlonega held an Arbor Day celebration during which Save Georgia's Hemlocks shared a brief message about the plight of the hemlocks with a group of about 25 participants, and a large hemlock sapling donated by SGH was planted in Hancock Park.

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 in Dahlonega There were 8 attendees for the Hemlock Help Clinic; 6 new Facilitators were trained; 2 Facilitators received refresher training, and 1 professional received continuing education credit hours.  During the hands-on demon and practice segment, the Facilitator trainees did charitable treatment of 5 hemlocks on 3 properties 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 brought 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 who attended came away with a great deal of both information and enthusiasm about our future role supporting bio-controls in Georgia.  SGH Chairman Donna Shearer also gave a presentation entitled "Building a Volunteer Organization to Save Hemlocks."

Fri., Mar. 11

Arbor Day in Homer:  The City of Homer held an Arbor Day celebration during which SGH gave a brief talk about the plight of the hemlocks and currently available solutions.  The ceremony also included the gift of a healthy hemlock sapling, which was accepted by Mayor Doug Cheek on behalf of the City of Homer and planted by the Georgia Forestry Commission in front of the Court House.  

Sat., Mar. 12

SGH hemlock treatment project:   Twenty-four volunteers, under the leadership of Buz Stone, retreated more than 119 large hemlocks on the Lake Rabun Narrows that were treated two years ago.  Working from pontoon boats, these hardy souls applied a fast-acting, highly effective product called Safari, using the basal trunk spray method to ensure protection of the waterway.  The day included a delicious barbecue lunch and a chance to get better acquainted with other good folks who care deeply -- and actively -- about protecting special environments such as the Lake Rabun area.

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

SGH- USFS hemlock treatment project (day 1 of 3):  Fourteen volunteers spent a great day in the woods treating or retreating 293 hemlocks at Anna Ruby Falls.  There are more than 1,000 trees in the park that were last treated in 2009 and desperately need retreating this spring if many of them are to survive. 

On this first project day we were able to take care of all the ones around the Visitors Center and parking area and from the Visitors Center up to the falls.  The project will continue on April 23 to treat the ones from the Visitors Center out to the fee booth.  WE'LL NEED YOUR HELP THEN!  (See April 23.)

Wed., Apr. 6

SGH hemlock training in Hall County:  There were 2 attendees for the Hemlock Help Clinic, and 2 new Facilitators were trained.

Sun., Apr. 10

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  All Board Members, Officers, and Lead Facilitators should plan to attend.  Other interested persons are welcome.  Click here for the meeting agenda.   Meeting notes will be published soon.

Tues., Apr. 12

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Cornelia Garden Club -- Fifteen members received 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.  Five healthy hemlock saplings got new homes!

Wed., Apr. 13

SGH hemlock training in White County There were 11 attendees for the Hemlock Help Clinic; 6 new Facilitators were trained; and 1 Facilitator received refresher training.

Fri., Apr. 13

Insectary Monitoring Workshop: To increase our knowledge and skills related to bio-controls for HWA and further explore our role in promoting integrated pest management, SGH participated in this educational workshop sponsored by Blue Ridge Resource Conservation & Development and partners.  The event included field and classroom segments on HWA and hemlock tree/stand condition, sample collection, life cycle for 2 species of HWA, examinations under microscope, and usage of ultra-violote light in hemlock/HWA research.

Sat., Apr. 16

Bear on the Square:  SGH had 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. 

About 125 - 150 people visited our booth to learn more about the hemlocks; we gained 16 new members, and 21 hemlock saplings found new homes.

Wed., Apr. 20

SGH hemlock training in Habersham County:  Offered but canceled for participants needing to rechedule.

Thurs., Apr. 21

SGH hemlock sapling rescue:  Two volunteers rescued 110 hemlock seedlings and approximately 75 saplings from a private property in Ellijay.  The seedlings are intended for donation to a school, and the saplings are for adoption at fairs and festivals.

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 had an education station at the school's annual Earth Day festival, shared the hemlock message with students and their families, and helped 110 children pot hemlock seedling to take home.  Brochures about the hemlocks and planting / care instructions were also provided to all who participated.

Sat., Apr. 23

SGH- USFS hemlock treatment project (day 2 of 3):  Continuing the project that was begun on April 2, twenty-two volunteers gathered at the Anna Ruby Visitors Center in the morning for a brief orientation and then headed out for a great day in the woods.  They worked in teams to treat or retreat another 231 hemlocks along the road and stream between the parking area and the fee booth, pausing at midday for a picnic lunch.  

Everyone finished the day with a sense of great satisfaction and a rewarding kind of tiredness that comes from spending their time and energy in an endeavor that will have a significant positive  impact for years to come.  BIG THANKS TO A GREAT GROUP OF DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS -- THE HEMLOCKS LIFT THEIR BRANCHES TO YOU!

Sat., Apr. 30

Trout Fest:  SGH had 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.  In honor of the event, a special handout was prepared highlighting the importance of hemlocks to the health of local trout populations

We had about 230 visitors to our booth, got new homes for 23 healthy hemlock saplings, gained 19 new members, and received $275 in donations.

Sat., Apr. 30

Our friends in Georgia Forest Watch held their annual Wild & Woolly Forest Festival today.   We hope it was a great success!

Sat., May 7

SGH hemlock training in Cherokee County There were five attendees for this training, three of who became new Facilitators.  And two hemlock saplings received new homes.

Fri., May 13

Bear Jamboree:  SGH gave a brief presentation about the hemlocks for 112 5th graders and teachers at Blackburn Elementary School near Dahlonega, led a seedling potting activity for those who wanted baby trees, and provided educational materials to take home and share with their families.

Sat., May 14

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Eleven volunteers had a wonderful day in the woods treating or retreating more than 200 hemlocks in the Anderson Creek hemlock conservation area of the national Forest in Gilmer County.  Participants received a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day and then worked in teams to treat the trees, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the waterway.   With two soil injectors per team, the work went much faster than usual.  THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR GREAT WORK AND SPIRIT!

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 28 &
Sun., May 29

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 whole weekend we had almost 500 visitors to our booth, got 42 saplings adopted, gained 30 new members, and received $515 in donations.

Sun., May 29

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

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.   We had about 40 visitors to our booth and got 6 healthy saplings adopted.

Sun., June 5

SGH HEMLOCK CAMP MEETING & ANNUAL MEETING 2016:  Despite torrential rain during the first half of the day, 100+ hardy souls joined us for a gathering of kindred spirits to celebrate and preserve the magnificent hemlock.   As described in the invitation flyer, this family-friendly event featured:

* educational displays and demonstrations by conservation and recreational nonprofits, the Georgia-based beetle labs, and our public land managers
* great music by Downtown Roy
* Poole's delicious barbecue plus everyone's favorite covered side dishes
* keynote speaker Dr. Bud Mayfield of the U. S. Forest Service in Asheville who shared an interesting and hopeful message about progress in the battle to save the hemlocks from the HWA, the latest scientific developments, and how individuals and groups can help (a pdf copy of his presentation has been added to the Resources page -- Other Articles & Publications section)
* healthy hemlock saplings available for adoption
* prize drawings for two quarts of local honey donated by the Gilmer County Beekeepers Association, two 5' tall hemlock saplings, and a beautiful rustic mirror made of hemlock wood created by Wilderness Wonders
* good fellowship with
other like-minded people who share a love of the outdoors and a passion for preserving it. 

Special groups that participated in our Friends Circle with educational displays and information included the American Chestnut Foundation, Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia, the predator beetle lab of North Georgia College & State University, Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Wildlife Resources Divisions, Garden Club of Ellijay, Georgia Forest Watch, Gilmer County Beekeepers Association, Gilmer County Master Gardeners, Len Foote Hike Inn, Mountain High Hikers, Trout Unlimited Blue Ridge Chapter, U. S. Forest Service, and Yahoola Outdoors.  THANK YOU!!!

Fri., June 17 &
Sat., June 18

Hemlock Help at Cloudland Canyon State Park:  An education and service event sponsored jointly by the Friends of Cloudland Canyon, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and SGH  to help save the hemlocks in the park. 

Friday, June 17:   SGH conducted a Facilitator Training Workshop for complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insect pests, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety; also volunteer training for assisting property owners, organizing neighborhood hemlock projects, working on our public lands, and more.  Three of the participants took the class as a refresher, and fourteen new Facilitators were trained.

Saturday, June 18:  Twenty volunteers spent the day treating several hundred hemlocks in selected areas of the park.  Working in small teams under the supervision of park personnel and experienced Save Georgia’s Hemlocks volunteers, they applied Imidacloprid to the trees by soil injection, which will provide an average of 5ive years of protection against the adelgids.  The day was perfect -- cool and breezy -- and everyone enjoyed a fun day in the woods, got to know other good people who love the great outdoors, and gained the satisfaction of helping to preserve the beauty and environmental health of this wonderful park.   THANKS EVERYONE!

Sat., June 25
(rescheduled from June 11)

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project at Anna Ruby Falls (day 3 of 3):  Sixteen volunteers spent a great day in the woods to continue  treating the hemlocks at Anna Ruby Falls.  After a brief orientation and safety reminder at the start of the day, they worked in small teams to treat several hundred hemlocks with Imidacloprid by soil injection, pausing for a picnic lunch beside the stream.   Although the weather was quite hot, most of the work was in shady settings with a gentle breeze and plenty of bottled water providing relief, so it was a very good and productive day made even more so by the participation of quite a few brand new volunteers who we hope will join us again in the near future.  THANKS EVERYONE!

We estimate only about 100  trees are left to finish.   Stay tuned.

Sat., July 9

SGH Hemlock Training in Murray County:  There were 10 attendees for the Hemlock Help Clinic; 1 new Facilitator was trained; and 4 Facilitators participated for refresher training.

Sun., July 10

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting was held at the home of Donna Shearer.   Click here for the agenda.  Meeting notes will be posted shortly.

Sat., July 23

SGH Hemlock Training in Gilmer County:  We had 16 attendees for the Hemlock Help Clinic, 8 new Facilitators were trained, and 2 Facilitators were refreshed.

Tues., July 26

Planning Meeting for Hemlock Restoration on Trout Streams:  SGH and representatives of Trout Unlimited Georgia Council met to begin implementation of our partnership Initiative for Hemlock Restoration on Trout Streams, a long-term partnership effort to restore healthy hemlocks along key trout streams.  The results are expected to benefit stream quality, trout populations, fly fishing enthusiasts, individuals and families who enjoy the waterways, as well as businesses and communities that rely on revenue from tourism and recreation. 

The initial phase will consist of reforestation projects on private and non-federal public lands, and the first project this fall will be planting hemlock saplings along a designated segment of the Toccoa River that runs through Toccoa Bend in Suches.   Additional projects, some of which will utilize a $2,500 grant SGH received from the North Georgia EMC, will be scheduled for this fall and next spring.

Data from the initial phase will be provided to the U. S. Forest Service for inclusion in the Environmental Assessment document currently in process of being updated to govern forest management practices on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest for the next 10 years.  Once approved, the program will be expanded for hemlock restoration on the National Forest.

VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NEEDED from SGH, TU chapters, and the community at large.  Please review the concept document, and then let us know of your interest in helping!

Thurs., Aug. 4

Boy Scout Leaders Round Table Meeting in Canton:  SGH participated in this meeting to share opportunities for Scouts to participate in various educational and/or service events, earn service credits and merit badges, or partner for Eagle Scout projects. 

Sat., Aug. 13

SGH presentation to TU Blue Ridge:  At the monthly meeting of Trout Unlimited Blue Ridge Chapter,  SGH gave a presentation about the  hemlock problem and current solutions and also introduced the new SGH-TU initiative for Hemlock Restoration on Trout Streams.  The group was very enthusiastic about this effort, and thirteen volunteers signed up immediately for the first project (Toccoa Bend on October 15).

Wed., Aug. 17

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

Sat., Aug. 27

SGH Hemlock Training in Fannin County:  Twenty-two people attended our Hemlock Help Clinic, and twelve of them stayed for training to become new Facilitators.  Two Facilitators had their training refreshed.

Sat., Aug. 27

Young Harris Art FestSGH had an information booth at the festival in Young Harris 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 about 75 visitors to our information booth, and 8 healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

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. 10 & 11

Appalachian Trail CommunityTrail 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. 

A special presentation, "The Hemlocks Are Crying for Help," was given on the festival stage Saturday morning.  Over the two days we had about 225 visitors to our booth, found adoptive homes for 16 healthy hemlock saplings, and gained 13 new members!

Tues, Sept. 20

SGH hemlock treatment and sapling rescue project at Heart Chan Meditation Retreat:   Six volunteers treated 63 hemlock trees on the meditation retreat campus in Whitepath near Ellijay, and three more volunteers rescued 20 saplings to be used for a hemlock restoration project on the Toccoa River in October or offered for adoption at future festivals. 

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

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

At the start of the day, volunteers received a brief orientation and safety reminder and then worked in five teams to treat or retreat 93 hemlocks in the Stanley Creek hemlock conservation area near Fall Branch Falls near Cherry Log.   At midday everyone came together for a delicious picnic lunch and interesting lunch-and-learn presentations by Jason McGaughey (U. S. Forest Service), Ralph Heller (BMTA),  Ralph Artigliere (Trout Unlimited), Angela DelConte (NGCSU Beetle Lab), and Donna Shearer (SGH).   A total of 29 people participated.   THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR A GREAT OUTING!

Thurs., Sept. 29

SGH Hemlock Lesson SGH conducted a Hemlock Lesson for 14 members of the AP Environmental Science class at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega to share information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what can be done to save the trees, and how volunteers (including young people) can help.   Class members also got to pot little hemlock seedlings in biodegradable cups and take them home for planting.

Fri., Sept. 30
& Mon., Oct. 3

SGH Sapling Rescue Project:  SGH conducted a project to dig and pot 60 small and medium-size hemlock saplings from around the Whitepath Golf Course in Ellijay that have not been designated for treatment.  Some of the trees will be used for hemlock restoration on trout streams, and some  will be donated to schools and other nonprofits or offered for adoption at future festivals. 

Sat., Oct. 1

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.  We had 100 visitors to our booth, got adoptive homes for 8 hemlock saplings, and gained 2 new members.

Sat., Oct. 1
& Sun., Oct. 2
 

Georgia Marble Festival 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.  We had 200 visitors to our booth, got adoptive homes for 16 hemlock saplings, and gained 14 new members. 

Oct. 13 - Nov. 1

Foothills Landscape Community Collaboration:   With the goal of
realizing a shared vision to address complex conservation challenges across the landscape, the U. S. Forest Service invited community members to share their knowledge and interests in the Foothills Landscape of the Chattahoochee National Forest through a series of community conversations across north Georgia.   Five subject areas were defined:
* Sharing a sense of place
* Providing sustainable recreation opportunities
* Managing healthy forests, fish & wildlife habitats
* Caring for unique habitats
* Protecting communities from wildfire
* and a category for general comments

Meetings were held in Dahlonega, Gainesville, Clayton, North Atlanta, and Chatsworth, and we hope that many of you were able to attend one of them.  On-line input was accepted through December 1, after which the Forest Service began the process of reviewing and evaluating all the comments and suggestions.   The results will be incorporated into a draft long-term forest management plan to be presented to the public in 2017.  Click here to read the input that was received.

Sat., Oct. 15

Hemlock Restoration on Trout Streams:  Eighteen volunteers from SGH and Trout Unlimited undertook the first project of our partnership initiative for Hemlock Restoration on Trout Streams.  They planted 60 large saplings along a 1,500' section of the Toccoa River where it runs through the common area of the Toccoa Bend subdivision in Suches.  Click here for the Project Details and a Project Recap.

Mon., Oct. 17 &
Tues., Oct. 18

Identification-Mapping-Control of Invasive Pests:   Members of SGH attended the First Detectors Workshop at Toccoa Falls College that provided educational materials, tools and training for stakeholders (including Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Citizen Scientists, and other volunteers) to help identify, report and manage invasive species.   Click here to read the information flyer.

Experts from the University of Georgia, Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia State Parks, and The Nature Conservancy in Georgia spoke and gave instruction for downloading and using the reporting application.   Contact Karan Rawlins (229-386-3298 or krawlins@uga.edu) for more information about the First Detectors program and reporting application.

Tues., Oct. 18

Day of Service at Dalton State College:  SGH gave a presentation to 15  students, faculty, staff, and community members about the hemlock problem, what property owners can do to save their own trees, how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands, and why it's so important to take timely action.  Then the participants planted a dozen hemlock saplings donated by SGH along the Cascade Trail on campus.

Sat., Oct. 22

SGH hemlock treatment project at Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center:  Buz Stone led sixteen volunteers from SGH and a Gainesville Boy Scout Troop on a project to retreat 276 hemlocks that were originally treated 5 years ago.   It was a beautiful day in the woods; the scouts and their leaders did a great job, learned a lot, and had fun; and we finished the event with a pizza party.

THANKS EVERYONE!

Sat., Oct. 22

Elachee Nature Science Center

North Georgia Tree Festival SGH had an information booth at this fun and educational event sponsored by the Elachee Nature Science Center to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   The festival featured tree climbing, educational workshops, a kids' fun run, tree identification hikes, a tree sale, and brief presentations throughout the day.

Sun., Oct. 23

SGH Leadership Team fall meetingAll Board Members, Officers, and Lead Facilitators should plan to attend.  Other interested persons are most welcome.  Click here for the agenda.  Meeting notes will be posted shortly.

Sat., Oct. 29

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop in Gordon County:  We had 8 participants in this educational event, which provided complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety as well as volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special hemlock initiatives such as replanting hemlocks along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.  Four attendees became new Facilitators, and four who are already Facilitators took the class as a refresher.

Fri., Nov. 4

R Ranch hemlock treatment projectNine volunteers from SGH and
R-Ranch in Dahlonega conducted a project under the leadership of Frank Gheesling to treat the hemlocks along a hiking/riding trail.   After receiving treatment instructions and safety reminders, participants treated about 130 trees, using Imidacloprid or Safari according to each tree's condition.

Sat., Nov. 5
 

SGH presentation to Goleega POASGH gave a brief presentation to share information with 15 residents of this Blue Ridge subdivision about what's happening to the hemlocks, why it's so important to save them, an overview of the treatment process (including cost and safety considerations), and options for an individual do-it-yourself approach, hiring a professional, or conducting a neighborhood volunteer project.

Sun., Nov. 6
 

SGH presentation to Glen Meadow POASGH gave a brief presentation to share information with 18 residents of this Clarkesville subdivision about what's happening to the hemlocks, why it's so important to save them, an overview of the treatment process (including cost and safety considerations), and options for an individual do-it-yourself approach, hiring a professional, or conducting a neighborhood volunteer project.

Sat., Nov. 12

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop in Towns County:  We had 6 participants in this educational event, which provided complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety as well as volunteer Facilitator training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special hemlock initiatives such as replanting hemlocks along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.   Five attendees became new Facilitators.

Sat., Nov. 12

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop in Lumpkin County:  We had 6 participants in this educational event, which provided complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety as well as volunteer Facilitator training to advise and assist other property owners, work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save trees on our public lands, participate in special hemlock initiatives such as replanting hemlocks along trout streams, raising hemlock saplings, and more.   All six attendees became new Facilitators.

Tues., Nov. 15

The Cox Conserves Heroes program, created in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, recognizes local environmental volunteers and makes donations to local nonprofits on their behalf.  The national program takes place in cities across the country.  The public nominates volunteers using a brief online form.  Next, a panel of local environmental leaders selects three finalists who are profiled on video.  The public then watches the videos, gets inspired, and votes for their favorite.

Atlanta's 2016 winner was Linda Cotten Taylor, and finalists were Chris Beck and Pauline Drake.  Click here to view their videos.  Awards totaling $20,000 were given to the nonprofits selected by the winner and finalists.

Wed., Nov. 16

SGH-USFS Hemlock Treatment Project at Anna Ruby Falls:  SGH conducted the fifth and final project to complete treatment/retreatment of the hemlocks at this beautiful recreation area.  With beautiful crispy weather and a good team of seven fellow hemlock huggers led by project manager Bob Pledger, we were able to treat 113 trees and finish up just before our picnic lunch.

THANKS EVERYONE for a fun and rewarding day!

Sat., Nov. 19

SGH-BMTA Hemlock Treatment Project at Laurel Ridge:  Twenty-six volunteers from SGH, BMTA, and the local neighborhood led by project manager Derrick Morris partnered to give first-time treatment to 244 hemlocks along a section of Laurel Ridge Drive where it's common with the Benton MacKaye Trail in Cherry Log.  All of the trees were treated with long-lasting Imidacloprid, and the very large, very sick ones were also treated with Safari for immediate relief. trees are fighting for their very survival, so please come out and help!

GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

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