Save Georgia's Hemlocks, a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit, is a rapidly growing grassroots
energetic individuals with diverse backgrounds,
interests, ages, and origins, united by a common purpose to save the hemlocks.
We began our efforts in July 2009 with a large goal --
to serve all of north
Georgia where the woolly adelgid is a serious threat. With the help
of many volunteers and partners, we have made remarkable progress since then, but
there is still much to do to preserve and protect as many of these valuable
trees as possible for the benefit of everything that depends on them and
everyone who loves them.
As an organization, SGH
is characterized by a proactive approach
to caring for the environment, a culture of inquiry and independent
thinking, appreciation of diversity, respect and transparency in all our
interactions, creativity and results-oriented hands-on engagement,
conservative financial practices, and high ethical standards.
Please join us! There are many different ways to get involved --
a little or a lot. We invite you to
get to know us, find your special
role in this important cause,
use your time and talents to serve in meaningful ways that will have a positive
effect for years to come, and share the fun.
Schedule of Events
page and then contact us at the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 to let us know of your interest.
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LOOKING FOR A FEW GREAT PEOPLE!
always on the lookout for very special people to serve in our organization. We are
* Treasurer to enter monthly income / expenses into Quickbook and
prepare quarterly reports,
* Hemlock Treatment Coordinator to plan and lead projects in 7
Hemlock Conservation Areas on the USFS Blue Ridge Ranger District,
* Facilitator Training Instructor to conduct classes in 6 to 8 of our
program counties in north Georgia -- your choice, and
least nine more Lead Facilitators in counties across north Georgia.
And we always welcome individuals who may have an interest in joining our
Leadership Team. Please contact us at the Hemlock Help Line
706-429-8010 to let us know of your interest. Thanks!
SAVE GEORGIA'S HEMLOCKS is a 100% volunteer,
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of concerned citizens dedicated to saving endangered
hemlocks through education and charitable service.
Through our efforts of
preservation, conservation and restoration, there will be a healthy population
of hemlocks in Georgia for future generations.
These are the guiding principles under which our
nonprofit organization operates:
Do all for the benefit of property owners and their
hemlocks with no benefit accruing to any participant.
Operate in the most efficient, cost-effective
manner, adhering to nonprofit
standards of excellence
Do all with simplicity, transparency, and the
spirit of charitable service.
are a fiscally conservative 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and promise to use your gifts very carefully. Our budgetary goal is to keep
overhead expenses to 10% or less in order to devote 90% or more of our resources
to clearly defined program activities; however, our actual performance for FY
2009 - 2017 has
averaged 91% or better for education and charitable service and 9% or less for
overhead. Our books are open to public
inspection upon request.
It is our intention to keep the organization lean,
proactive, community-based, and uncomplicated. We welcome all individuals
and groups who share our vision to save north Georgia's hemlocks for this and
future generations. Click here to meet our
Team (as of 11/30/18).
achieve our mission and vision, our Hemlock Help Program focuses on three goals:
Educate -- Enhance public awareness of the
hemlock woolly adelgid crisis, current practical options and emerging control
technologies, and the aesthetic, economic and environmental reasons to take
timely and effective action to
save the hemlocks.
Enable -- Ensure easy access to sound
hemlock-specific instruction, advice regarding economical solutions, and
availability of necessary resources.
Engage -- Enlist our volunteers to provide
direct assistance to property owners, nonprofits, and public land managers.
sets forth the problem
statement, program goals and objectives, services and scope, and implementation
plan. To learn more about the features of the program, how to use the services, and how
to participate as an individual or group, please visit the
Hemlock Help page.
Education -- Provide educational resources,
programs, and activities that reach and benefit members, volunteers, and a wide
range of constituencies in support of saving the hemlocks.
Communications -- Develop messaging
materials and methods that raise awareness, provide accurate and up-to-date
information and instructions, and respond to requests for advice and assistance.
Service -- Manage service activities to
enable property owners to do as much as possible for themselves as possible and
to deliver direct volunteer assistance on private and public lands as our resources
Saplings -- Maintain a nursery of healthy
hemlock seedlings and saplings and conduct service activities to promote the
planting and care of new hemlocks on public and private lands.
Membership & Partnership -- Create and
nurture relationships with individuals and other like-minded organizations to
support achievement of our shared goals and objectives, multiply our ability to educate
and serve, and provide future leadership.
Financial Management -- Provide appropriate
guidelines, oversight, and management of financial resources, records, and risk.
Administration -- Manage business aspects
of the organization to ensure effective and efficient operation and compliance with
The years since 2009 have been an exciting and
productive journey with the level of awareness about our threatened hemlocks
rising to an all-time high and so many wonderful people coming forward to join
the battle to save the trees. Our momentum and membership have grown
substantially, and we expect that trend to continue.
FY 2018 -- Below are the highlights of our
activities and accomplishments in FY 2018 (ending 11/30/18).
Click here for
the full details.
All 19 HWA-infested Georgia counties now served by
our Hemlock Help Program
Hemlock Help Line available 7 days a week with 940 calls handled
14 Hemlock Help Clinic with 133 attendees
12 Facilitator Training Workshop with 71 new
Facilitators trained. Current total of 310 active Facilitators in Georgia and
78 in other states
3 customized training classes for 34 volunteers and
public land managers
14 presentations to civic/community groups with
10 Hemlock Lessons for 481 students and teachers
14 festival with 73 volunteers and 2,227
37 articles/news items written by, with the
assistance of, or about SGH published in newspapers/magazines
105 Facilitator visits made
with charitable treatment of 1,569 trees
17 hemlock treatment projects with 247 volunteers
treating/retreating 2,637 trees
10 hemlock rescue projects with 31 volunteers, 311
saplings rescued and potted for use in educational/service activities or future
269 hemlock saplings adopted; 107 saplings donated
to municipalities / schools / nonprofits
4 hemlock sapling planting projects with 76
volunteers planting 29 saplings
13 soil injectors repaired/refurbished
Total of 6,127 volunteer hours logged
Total spending in FY 2018:
92.46% for educational & charitable service programs; 7.54% for administrative,
membership & fund raising
The next few years are likely to be the "tipping
point" for the hemlocks in Georgia, and there is much to do! With the
adelgid's prolific reproduction rate and the limited financial and manpower
resources facing our public land managers, the hemlocks are at a major
disadvantage. Private property owners and volunteers will play an
important role in the very survival of the species.
In FY 2018 we are planning an aggressive schedule
to offer educational events in all our program counties, continue our support of
the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR hemlock treatment projects, increase
our focus on partnerships and youth activities, and do more projects for hemlock
restoration on trout streams and other public lands. Please click here for
FY 2018 Strategy Overview, and see the Schedule of Events page for details.
More counties to be added to the Hemlock
Help Program as needed to provide support as the HWA infestation spreads
More education through clinics and
presentations for neighborhood associations, garden clubs, recreational and
environmental groups, civic organizations, scout troops, schools and churches
More enabling for communities through
Facilitator training, increased access to treatment products and equipment
through local retailers, and assistance for hemlock project planning
More awareness through placement of
educational materials in public places and publication of hemlock-related
articles and newsletters
More outreach through public events, fairs
and festivals, and other community activities
More community service through partnerships
with other like-minded organizations, joint service and educational events, and
charitable assistance to individuals, neighborhoods, and public lands
SGH Leadership Team meetings are held
quarterly, usually on the second Sunday of the calendar quarter. We
welcome the participation of all interested parties. We also ask that all
of our Lead Facilitators join us for our quarterly meetings because as the
scope of our programs expands, your input and participation will be more
important than ever.
Our most recent Leadership Team meeting is
Sunday, November 4, 2018, starting at 1 p.m. at the
Donna Shearer. See below for the Meeting Notes. The first
meeting in 2019 will be on Sunday, January 13, and an agenda will be posted here
prior to the meeting.
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