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Hemlock Help Program
SAVE GEORGIA'S HEMLOCKS offers the Hemlock Help Program, a statewide initiative of education and charitable service to help north Georgians save as many hemlocks as possible. It was implemented first in 2009 in Rabun County where the HWA infestation began and has been deployed across the state on a county-by-county basis wherever the HWA is a serious threat.
It is now available in all 19 counties within the native hemlock range that have confirmed HWA infestation, as well as non-native counties with hemlocks (including the Atlanta area) as needed.
Save Georgia's Hemlocks offers a wide range of educational and service programs such as those listed here, and we schedule programs and activities year-round. We'll be glad to schedule special programs or projects for property owner associations, conservation/recreation organizations, schools, churches, and other community groups. Please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 to let us know of your interest and needs.
Information and Advice:
■ Professionals: Contact information for qualified local companies that are properly licensed and insured and specialize in saving hemlocks for property owners who prefer to contract with a professional to treat their trees.
■ Hemlock Help Project Planning: Assistance to neighborhoods and community groups for developing customized project management plans to address the HWA problem efficiently, effectively, and economically. Please see Neighborhood Hemlock Help Planning Guide.
Hemlock Treatment Projects:
About Hemlock Help Clinics
SGH Hemlock Help Clinics and presentations are free and open to the
public unless specifically noted on the
Schedule of Events page.
■ Slide presentation on the HWA crisis, economical steps property owners can take to treat their own trees, information on qualified local professionals who do this work, and the free services available through our Hemlock Help Program
■ Hands-on demonstration of using a soil injector to treat hemlocks
■ Educational hand-out materials that you are welcome to reproduce and share freely
■ Optional add-ons for school groups: planting of hemlock seedlings in biodegradable cups for students to take home, planting of a hemlock sapling on campus, or an educational hemlock hike.
■ Plenty of time for questions and answers
When You Need Help for Your Hemlocks
1. Inspect your hemlocks and see if they're infested with woolly adelgids. The adelgids themselves are almost too tiny to see with the naked eye, but their egg sacs are easily visible, especially in the spring and late fall/winter. They look like little white cotton balls on the underside of the branches, as shown in this photo.
2. If you see ANY adelgids on even one of your trees or if adelgids are within 25 miles of your property, plan to treat ALL the hemlocks you want to save as soon as possible. Call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 to learn about the treatment options, services available, costs, and resources.
3. If you want to treat your own trees, the Hemlock Help Line can provide information on assessing the level of HWA infestation, determining the appropriate treatment product and method, measuring your trees, estimating the amount of chemical needed, and finding where to purchase it. Then download Introduction to Treating Hemlocks and the appropriate one-page application instruction from the Resources page.
a. Measure the trunk diameter at breast height for all the trees you want to treat and add up for a total.
b. Based on the chart in Introduction to Treating Hemlocks, you can estimate the amount of product needed. The Contacts page lists the names of some stores where you can purchase it. We suggest that you shop and compare prices.
c. When you have the treatment product in hand, you can either make arrangements to borrow an injector from one of the sources listed on the Contacts page or choose another application method.
NOTE: When you borrow an injector, you'll be asked to leave a deposit which will be refunded when you return the injector. You should also request some brief hands-on training from the lending entity or call the Hemlock Help Line for instruction.
d. Treat your hemlocks according to the application instructions.
e. If you borrow an injector, clean it thoroughly as indicated in Introduction to Treating Hemlocks and return it.
4. If you want to contract with a professional to treat your trees, the Hemlock Help Line can point you to a list of qualified local companies along with their contact information. We suggest that you shop and compare the services and rates offered by each company. (See Contacts page.)
5. You can also call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 to request an on-site visit from a Volunteer Facilitator to help you assess the infestation on your property, discuss appropriate treatment options, and assist you to get started taking care of your hemlocks.
The Hemlock Help Program is designed to operate as a no-cost or low-cost charitable community service. Here are the general cost guidelines for services included in the Hemlock Help Program.
For property owners who choose to treat their own trees or to contract with a professional to do the treatment, here is information that will help in estimating the cost.
More Information about the Hemlock Help Program
■ Call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.
■ Press Release -- Announcement of the initial program launch in The Clayton Tribune and The Rabun Town Crier, July 1, 2009.
■ Program Description -- Planning document including problem statement, program goal and objectives, guiding principles, scope, program services, and financial management plan.
■ Visit the Resources page for more Save Georgia's Hemlocks materials, related articles and publications, and a list of helpful links.
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