Save Georgia's Hemlocks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a rapidly growing grassroots organization of 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.
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LOOKING FOR A FEW GREAT PEOPLE!
SGH is always on the lookout for very special people to serve in our organization. We are currently seeking:
* Treasurer to enter monthly income /
expenses into Quickbook and prepare quarterly reports,
And we always welcome individuals who may have an
interest in joining our Leadership Team. Please contact us at the Hemlock Help
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 and best practices.
■ Do all with simplicity, transparency, and the spirit of charitable service.
We 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 - 2018 has averaged 91.81% for education and charitable service and 8.19% 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 SGH Leadership Team (as of 2/5/20).
To 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
■ 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.
Our Program Description 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 - Treatment -- 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 permit.
■ Service - Saplings -- Maintain distributed nurseries 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 applicable authorities.
Steady Progress for 11 years!
The years since 2009 have been an exciting and productive journey with the level of awareness about our threatened hemlocks continuing to rise 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 2020 -- Below are the highlights of our activities through the second quarter of FY 2020, ending June 30.
■ All 19 HWA-infested Georgia counties now served by our Hemlock Help Program
■ Hemlock Help Line available 7 days a week with 512 calls handled
■ 5 Hemlock Help Clinics with 42 attendees
■ 5 Facilitator Training Workshop with 44 new Facilitators trained. Current totals: 406 active Facilitators in Georgia and 84 in other states
■ 6 customized training classes for 24 volunteers and public land managers
■ 2 presentations to civic/community groups with 43 attendees
■ 1 festival / public event with info booth -- 2 volunteers and 40 visitors/contacts
■ 11 articles/news items written by, with the assistance of, or about SGH published in newspapers/magazines
■ 136 Facilitator visits reported with charitable treatment of 1,606 trees
■ 7 hemlock treatment projects with 69 volunteers treating/retreating 744 trees
■ 6 hemlock rescue projects with 15 volunteers, 181 saplings rescued and potted for use in educational/service activities or future adoption
■ 79 hemlock saplings adopted; 11 saplings donated to municipalities / schools / nonprofits
■ 4 hemlock sapling planting projects with 41 volunteers planting 36 hemlock saplings and 54 other native trees/shrubs
■ 15 soil injectors repaired/refurbished; 6 new EZ-Ject Lite soil injectors assembled and deployed for SGH lending
■ Total of 2,476 volunteer hours logged
in FY 2020: 94.95% for educational &
charitable service programs; 5.05% for administrative, membership & fundraising.
FY 2009 - 2019 -- Please see the Archives page.
Proactive Plans for the Future
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 2020 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, expand our distributed hemlock sapling nurseries, and do more projects for hemlock restoration on trout streams and other public lands. Special focus tor 2020 will include a new Paddling for Hemlocks program for treating hemlocks along waterways where the trees are more accessible from the water than the land, a joint project with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club to treat hemlocks in 7 to 10 newly requested HCAs along the AT, and partnership with The Nature Conservancy in their effort to plant a billion trees in the next decade.
■ 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 each of these quarterly meetings because as the scope of our programs expands, your input and participation will be more important than ever.
Our next Leadership Team meeting is
scheduled for November 1, 2020
beginning at 1 p.m. and will be conducted by teleconference. The meeting
agenda and call-in instructions will be posted here prior to the meeting, and notes
will be posted here following each one. For meeting notes from last year, please see the
Organizing Documents and Reports
■ IRS 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination (tax-exempt status)
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