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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., Jan. 21, 2018.
Click here for agenda.

Schedule of Events

The calendar below shows the SGH presentations, training, service projects, and fairs/festivals that are scheduled so far for FY 2018 (December 1, 2017 - November 30, 2018).  We are in the process of planning our educational events and service projects for the year and will post that information here as each one is scheduled.

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

Service Projects:  We will continue our partnership with the U. S. Forest Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to treat hemlocks on public lands and will undertake additional hemlock treatment projects for other nonprofits, public land managers, and private property owners whenever we can.  We will also conduct projects to rescue hemlock saplings and seedlings, restore hemlocks along trout streams, and create new hemlock field insectaries or augment existing ones.

If you'd like to participate in a class or event that's on our calendar or would like to schedule an additional educational event or service project, please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.

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Scheduled Events for FY 2018

Sun., Jan. 21
1 - 5 p.m.
(rescheduled from
Jan. 14)

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting:  This meeting will serve as the kick-off for what promises to be a very busy and productive year in 2018.  All Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, and other interested parties are invited.  Click here for the meeting agenda.

The location is the home of Donna Shearer, 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.

Tues., Jan. 23
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

USFS hemlock conservation meeting:  SGH has been invited to participate in a meeting sponsored by the U. S. Forest Service to discuss a project proposal for the conservation of hemlocks in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District.  After the meeting, a report will be posted here.

The location is the Andrew Pickens Ranger District office, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664.

Wed., Feb. 14
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Thurs., Feb 15
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

USFS Landscape Foothills Collaboration Workshops:  The U. S. Forest Service will hold two meetings to focus on the input received from the community conversations series that ended on December 22, 2017 and lay the foundation for the alternatives that will be brought forward for environmental effects analysis.  Feel free to attend either or both meetings.

The location is the Lumpkin County Community Center, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega.

Fri., Feb. 16

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.

If you've seen hemlocks that aren't looking healthy and you're wondering why, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on what's happening.

Fri., Feb. 16
1:30 p.m.

Hemlock Sapling Planting:  SGH will donate a dozen healthy hemlock saplings and lead a planting project with 2 classes of 4th graders at West Fannin Elementary School.  Following a short discussion about the importance of preserving these beautiful trees, the students will plant them along a nature trail on campus where they can nurture and enjoy them for years to come.

The location is West Fannin Elementary, 5060 Blue Ridge Drive in Blue Ridge.

Sat., Mar. 3
1:30 p.m.

Presentation to Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA):   SGH will give a presentation on  "Engaging young people to save endangered hemlocks."

The location is Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen.

Tues., Mar. 13
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Rain date will be Tues., Mar. 20.

Hemlock Treatment ProjectVOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to treat about 100 medium to large hemlocks in Yonah Preserve, where a series of hiking and biking trails is being developed.  The project location is near the beautiful waterfall along Turner Creek north of the reservoir.   

The location is the Yonah Preserve off Albert Reid Rd. in Cleveland; map coming soon.  Volunteers must register in advance.

Wed., Mar. 14
1:30 p.m.

Presentation to Achasta Garden Club:  SGH will give a presentation about 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 location is the Achasta Clubhouse -- Nicholas Room.

Sat., Mar. 17
 

Hemlock Treatment Project at Camp Rainey Mountain:  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help SGH and the Boy Scouts of America to treat or retreat hundreds of hemlocks at this Boy Scout Camp.  Details will be posted when available.

The location is Camp Rainey Mountain, 1494 Rainey Mountain RD., Clayton, GA  30525.  Volunteers must register in advance.

Sat., Mar. 17

Outside World Community Event:  SGH will have an information table at this event to provide information about 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.   Healthy hemlock saplings will also be available for adoption.

The location is Outside World Outfitters, 471 Quill Dr, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

Wed., 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

If you're concerned about the hemlocks in our forests, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on how you can help.

Sun., Apr. 8
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  All Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, and other interested parties are invited to participate in this quarterly meeting.  An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

The location is the home of Donna Shearer, 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.

Sun., 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.

If you have hemlocks that haven't been protected, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on what you can do.

Sat., Apr. 21 &
Sun., Apr. 22
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
both days

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival:  SGH will have a booth at this fun festival in Dahlonega to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is the historic square in Dahlonega.

Sat., Apr. 28
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trout Fest:  SGH will have a 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.  In addition, there will be special materials to 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.  Healthy hemlock saplings will lbe available for adoption.

The location is the downtown park in Blue Ridge.

Thurs., May 10
6:00 p.m.

Presentation to Soque River Watershed Association:  SGH will give a presentation to SRWA members 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 will also encourage conversation about ways SRWA and SGH can work together on projects of mutual interest.

The location is the Clarkesville Library, 178 E Green St. in Clarkesville.

Fri., 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 19

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 26 &
Sun., May 27
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
both days

Blue Ridge Spring Arts in the Park Festival SGH will have a booth to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Healthy  hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is the downtown park in Blue Ridge.

Sun., May 27
 

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting:  SGH will have an educational exhibit, give a brief presentation about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, and provide printed hemlock information to property owners.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

Mon., May 28
 

Memorial Day:    This holiday is observed on the last Monday in May each year to honor all those who have died serving in the United States military.  If you have someone who has served or is currently serving, why not honor them by planting a long-lived tree such as a hemlock.  You can contact the Hemlock Help Cline 706-429-8010 to get a tree as well as the special planting and care instructions.

Sat., June 2

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 2
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

Hemlock Day at Anna Ruby Falls:  In celebration of National Trails Day, SGH will have a booth to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

Sat., June 9
8 a.m. - noon
 

Yonah Mountain Pickleball Tournament:  The Yonah Mountain Pickleball Club will hold a tournament and has generously committed to direct part of the proceeds to benefit Save Georgia's Hemlocks.  SGH will have a booth at the event 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.   We hope everyone will come out to support this fun event.

The location is White County Parks & Rec, 327 Asbestos Rd., Cleveland.  Contact Billy Johnson (706-969-4728 or marcia.johnson53@yahoo.com) for more information.

Wed., July 4

Independence Day:  This is a good day to enjoy with your family and friends by doing something good for your community.

Sun., July. 8
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting:  All Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, and other interested parties are invited to participate in this quarterly meeting.  An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

The location is the home of Donna Shearer, 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.

Sun., Sept. 2
 

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:  SGH will have an educational exhibit, give a brief presentation about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, and provide printed hemlock information to property owners.

Mon., Sept. 3

Labor Day:  In the United States this is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September.  It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.  So as you and your family enjoy the last "official" weekend of summer, we hope you'll do something fun outdoors and make some good memories.

Mon., Sept. 3

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. 8 &
Sun., Sept. 9

Appalachian Trail CommunityTrail Fest:  SGH will have a booth at the festival in Dahlonega to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is the historic square and Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega.

Sat., Sept. 29

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., Oct. 6
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival:  SGH will have a booth at this festival in Clayton to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is the Rabun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah St., Clayton, GA 30525.

Sat., Oct. 6 &
Sun., Oct. 7
1 0 a.m. - 6 p.m.
both days
 

Georgia Marble Festival SGH will have a booth at this event in Jasper to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is Lee Newton Memorial Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, GA  30143.

Thurs., Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Day:  Gratitude is much on our minds during the Thanksgiving season as we reflect on our blessings – perhaps families, friends, homes, health, or jobs, – and our hearts go out to people who have suffered losses.  It’s also a time to think about broader kinds of blessings, not just those that we have but those that surround us – the beautiful part of the country where we live, the bountiful natural resources in our area, our freedom to enjoy them,  and yes, our responsibility and privilege to protect these treasures.

If you'd like to turn your gratitude into action, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on how you can help save the hemlocks.  And Happy Thanksgiving!

   


Completed Events in FY 2018

Saturday, Dec. 2
 

Kris Kringle Mountain Market:  SGH had a booth at this arts and crafts festival in Blairsville to provide information about the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks, 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 booth and got 8 healthy hemlock saplings adopted into new homes.

Saturday, Dec. 2
 

SGH hemlock treatment at Old Clarkesville Cemetery Allen Hughes and Scout Troop 40 from Mountain City, GA chose the treatment of the valuable old hemlock trees at this site for his Eagle Scout project, in partnership with Save Georgia's Hemlocks.  Several members of the community stopped by to observe the Scouts in action and thank them for their good work.  A report will be posted here shortly.

Wednesday, Dec. 6
 

SGH-USFS HEMLOCK TREATMENT PROJECT at Panther Creek South in Stephens County.   After a short orientation and safety briefing, 9 volunteers worked in teams to treat approximately 65 trees in an area where some sensitive native plants grow under the hemlock canopy.  The treatment had to be done during the winter when the plants are underground and safe from foot traffic.  The terrain was quite steep, and the ground was wet and slippery, but we had a hardy crew determined to get it done.  And we had fun doing it!  THANKS EVERYONE!

Thursday, Dec. 7
 

The Nature Conservancy held an important meeting to gather ideas from various agencies and organizations that share an interest in the health of our forests and waterways and to begin planning for 2018.  Click here for the meeting notes provided by TNC.  SGH members Frank and Linda Gheesling, who represented us at the gathering, will also share their take-aways at our Leadership Team winter meeting in January.

Thursday, Jan. 11

Yonah-Preserve-Trails-coming-soon

Yonah Mountain PreserveA meeting took place between White County and SGH to plan a project to treat the hemlocks at Yonah Preserve this spring.  The formal proposal will be posted here as soon as it receives final approval from White County and the DNR.  We will be seeking participation from other local conservation and recreation organizations.  Stay tuned.

Mon., Jan. 15

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Hope you will go out and do a good thing in your community today!  The MLK web site had lots of good ideas and even lesson plans for kids' activities.

 

 

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


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