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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., April 23

starting at 1 p.m.

Schedule of Events

Throughout the year we participate in a variety of hemlock-related activities, such as awareness presentations, training, treatment and saplings projects projects, and festivals.  The dates that are known so far for 2023 are shown below, and more will be added as the opportunities arise. 

Training and Presentations:  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 continue our partnership with the U. S. Forest Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to treat hemlocks on public lands, and we will undertake additional hemlock treatment projects for other nonprofits, public land managers, and private property owners as our time and resources permit.  Other service projects include rescuing hemlock saplings and seedlings, restoring hemlocks along trout streams, and creating new hemlock field insectaries or augmenting 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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Events for 2023

Tues., Feb. 7,
7 p.m.

SGH Presentation to Redbud Project:  SGH will give a 1-hour presentation entitled "Hemlock, Keystone of the Forest & Prize of the City" to the Redbud Project to raise awareness of the hemlocks and their importance, especially to air quality, the impact of the hemlock woolly adelgid, what organizations and individuals can do to save these valuable trees, and how they can be used to improve our community's quality of life.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location will be Linwood Ecology Center, 118 Springview Dr. Gainesville

February (date tbd)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH will conduct an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  The target counties for this class are Fannin, Gilmer, and Union,  but anyone from anywhere is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class will be taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.  

 

 

Thurs., Mar. 9
 

SGH Presentation to UNG PEAKS Program:

The location will be

March (date tbd)

SGH Facilitator Training WorkshopSGH will conduct a class class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class are Fannin, Gilmer, and Union, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   Note that it will include a demo / and hands-on practice.

The class will be taught in person, location tbd.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.  

Wed., Mar. 15,
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

SGH Hemlock Lesson:  SGH will present our Hemlock Lesson to 5 classes of 6th grade students.  Focusing on the hemlock vs. woolly adelgid crisis, the presentation incorporates learning about biodiversity, ecosystem interdependencies, problems caused by invasive species, and protecting the environment.

The location will be 4560 Old Highway 76, Blue Ridge.

Thurs., Mar. 16,
9 - 11 a.m.

Hemlock treatment project:  SGH and TerraMedics have been invited to do a demo and hemlock treatment with 2 classes of 6th grade students at Fannin Middle School. 

The location will be 4560 Old Highway 76, Blue Ridge.

 

 

Sat., Apr. 1

Hemlock treatment project at Smithgall Woods State Park -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will partner with the Georgia DNR and Friends of Smithgall Woods for their annual hemlock treatment.

The location will be 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen.  Volunteers should meeting at the Smithgall Woods Visitors Center.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at at 706-455-6375, holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.  

Sat., Apr. 1

Customized SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH will conduct a class class designed for Lula Lake Land Trust staff and volunteers who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   Note that it will include a demo,  hands-on practice, and an actual treatment project.

The class will be taught in person, location tbd.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Donna Shearer at 706-429-8010, donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.  

Sat., Apr. 15,
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

&
Sun., Apr. 16,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Bear on the Square Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have a booth at this extra 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 will be Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega.  To volunteer, please contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358, bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

 

April (date tbd)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH will conduct an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  The target counties for this class are Towns, Rabun, and Habersham, but anyone from anywhere is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class will be taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.  

Wed., Apr. 19,
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

UNG Earth Day Celebration -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:    SGH will have a booth at this local celebration in Gainesville 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 location will be  the UNG Gainesville Campus.  Click here for map of event sites .  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375, holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sun., Apr. 23,
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  At this meeting we will review the accomplishments of the first quarter and finalize plans for the second.  All Board Members, Officers, Program Managers, Lead Facilitators are encouraged to attend.  The meeting agenda will be posted here in advance.

The location will be the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce, 243 Hill Street, Dahlonega.

Sat., Apr. 29,
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  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.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption. 

The location will be the park in downtown Blue Ridge.   To volunteer, contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358, bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

 

 

May (date tbd)

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH will conduct a class class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class are Towns, Rabun, and Habersham, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   Note that it will include a demo / and hands-on practice.

The class will be taught in person, location tbd.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.

Sat., May 27 &
Sun., May 28,
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Blue Ridge Arts in the Park -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH will have a booth at this wonderful, well attended 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. 

The location will be the park in downtown Blue Ridge To volunteer, contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358, bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

Sun., May 28

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting:   SGH will have an education station at this event to continue raising awareness of 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 will be

 

 

June (date tbd)

Union County Farmers Market -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have a booth at this 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.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption. 

The location will be 290 Farmers Market Way,  just off Old Smokey Rd. in Blairsville.  To volunteer, contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358, bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

June (date tbd)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH will conduct an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  The target counties for this class are Pickens, Cherokee, and Dawson, but anyone from anywhere is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class will be taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.

June / July (date tbd)

Canton Farmers Market -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH will have a booth at this 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.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption. 

The location will be Brown Park, 251 East Marietta St.  in Canton.  To volunteer, contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358, bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

Sun., July 16,
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  At this meeting we will review the accomplishments of the second quarter and finalize plans for the third.  All Board Members, Officers, Program Managers, Lead Facilitators are encouraged to attend.  The meeting agenda will be posted here in advance.

The location will be the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce, 243 Hill Street, Dahlonega.

 

 

July (date tbd)

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH will conduct a class class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class are Pickens, Cherokee, and Dawson, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   Note that it will include a demo / and hands-on practice.

The class will be taught in person, location tbd.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.

 

 

August (date tbd)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic :  SGH will conduct an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  The target counties for this class are Lumpkin, White, and Hall, but anyone from anywhere is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class will be taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.

 

 

Sun., Sept. 3

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:   SGH will have an education station at this event to continue raising awareness of 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 will be

September (date tbd)

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH will conduct a class class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class are Lumpkin, White, and Hall, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   Note that it will include a demo / and hands-on practice.

The class will be taught in person, location tbd.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.

 

 

Sat., Sept. 16,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trail Fest -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH will have a booth at this extra 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 will be Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega.  To volunteer, contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358, bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

October (date tbd)

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH will conduct an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  The target counties for this class are Dade, Walker, Murray, and Whitfield, but anyone from anywhere is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class will be taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.

 

 

Oct. (date tbd),
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH will have a booth at this event 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 Street, Clayton.   To volunteer, please contact Buz Stone at 404-626-1746 or buzstone@gmail.com.

 

 

Sat., Oct. 7,
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 &
Sun., Oct. 8,
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Georgia Marble Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH will have a booth at this wonderful, well attended festival 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 will be Lee Newton Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper.  To volunteer, please contact Jim Heilman at 404-405-7553 or jim.heilman@hotmail.com.

Sun., Oct. 8 or 15,
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  At this meeting we will review the accomplishments of the third quarter and finalize plans for the end of the year.  All Board Members, Officers, Program Managers, Lead Facilitators are encouraged to attend.  The meeting agenda will be posted here in advance.

The location will be the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce, 243 Hill Street, Dahlonega.

 

 

Oct. (date tbd)

Georgia Mountain Beer Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDEDIf this event is held in 2023, SGH will have a booth at this super fun festival Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground 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 will be                                                 To volunteer, please  contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358, bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

 

 

November (date tbd)

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH will conduct a class class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class are Dade, Walker, and Whitfield, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic is welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   Note that it will include a demo / and hands-on practice.

The class will be taught in person, location tbd.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173,  derrick1p1@gmail.com.

Sat., Nov. 11

Boy Scout Conservation Awards Weekend:  This annual event sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to Scouts' conservation and learning.  The 2023 Conservation Weekend will be held from Nov. 10-12 at Camp Woodruff.  Eighteen Merit Badges will be offered, and Scouts will have the opportunity to enroll in up to three merit badges. The event includes a conservation-themed workshop with games and information on how to create, execute and document a conservation project.

SGH Education Station  -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have an education station on Saturday to provide information to Scouts and Leaders about opportunities for hemlock-related education and service in support of Merit Badges and Eagle Scout rank.    To volunteer, please contact Elliott Segall at 678-860-6586, elliottsegall@gmail.com.

Hemlock treatment project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will partner with the Boy Scouts and Leaders to treat an important stand of  hemlocks on their campus.  To volunteer, please contact Jim Wentworth at  706-897-0645, wentwrth@windstream.net

The location is Camp Woodruff, 31 Woodruff Dr., Blairsville, GA  30512. 

 

 

ü Sun., Jan. 8,
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting:  This meeting served as the kick-off for what we expect will be a very busy and productive year in 2023.   Already this month we are grateful to have gained two new Lead Facilitators, Fran Meehan for White and Habersham Counties and Jonathan Micancin for Towns and Union Counties.  We are also thrilled to welcome Kat Carey of Lake Winfield Scott to our Board of Directors.  Stay tuned for more information about these wonderful individuals.  Click here for the meeting agenda and meeting notes.

The location was the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce, 243 Hill Street, Dahlonega, and it was great to be able to meet in person again!

Completed Events in FY 2022

 Thurs., Dec. 9

Hemlock treatment project in Sky Valley:  Under the leadership of Buz Stone for SGH and Debbie Dalhouse for Sky Valley,  nineteen volunteers from SGH, Sky Valley, and the community treated 50 large hemlocks and 400 - 500 small ones along the Mud Creek Falls hiking trail.    Several of the biggest ones needed Safari, which was a challenge to apply in the cold weather, but we got it done.

THANKS BUZ, DEBBIE, AND EVERYONE FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

 Sat., Dec. 25, 2021

Christmas Day:  Our warmest greetings go out to all our members, volunteers, friends, and supporters. 
We hope it is filled with the warmth, joy, and peace of this special season.

Sat., Jan. 1, 2022

New Year's Day:  Here's to your health and happiness throughout the coming year!  And if you make some resolutions for the New Year, we hope one of them is to be an active volunteer to help save the hemlocks.

Fri., Jan. 7
 

Sapling planting at Smithgall Woods:  Fran Meehan, the Naturalist at Smithgall Woods, asked our help to plant some hemlock saplings along one of their hiking trails where a large hemlock died due to storm damage.  

Thanks to FRAN, CHUCK BLAINE, CURTIS HIXON, AND WILL WAGNER for a good, short project to plant three new trees under the shadow of the old one on the Laurel Ridge Trail.  Plan to take a hike on that trail some time soon and see the new little ones.  They're marked with planting stakes and orange flagging tape.

Sun, Jan. 9

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting:  This meeting served as the kick-off for what we expect will be a very busy and productive year in 2022.   While we were hoping to do this kickoff meeting in person, the Covid problem is still out there and making a number of people uncomfortable about that idea, so convened Board Members, Officers, and Program Managers by ZOOM instead.  Separate ZOOM meetings will be scheduled for Lead Facilitators (Wednesday, January 12, 7 p.m.), Instructors, and Scout Liaisons.

Click here for the agenda and ZOOM sign-in instructions.  Click here for the meeting notes.

Wed, Jan. 12
 

SGH Lead Facilitator meeting:  This meeting served as the kick-off for an enhanced Facilitator Program and your very important role in it.  For our new Lead Facilitators this was a good introduction, and for our current Leads most of the roles and responsibilities described in the revised Lead Facilitator Job Description below are things you've already been doing.  And as always your input was greatly appreciated! 

Click here for the updated Lead Facilitator Job Description and ZOOM sign-in instructions.

Mon., Jan. 17
 

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Hope you went out and did a good thing in your community today!  The MLK web site has lots of good ideas and even lesson plans for kids' activities. 

Sat., Feb. 12

Presentation to the Georgia Native Plant Society.  The event was held at Young Harris College, Maxwell Center, Room 107.  Fifteen members and guests attended.

In the U. S. the eastern hemlock is a keystone native species ranging from northeastern Alabama to Maine and parts of the upper midwest.  The group was very interested to learn about the multiple unique roles these trees play, the pest that's threatening them with near extinction, and what steps they can take as private property owners and volunteers to help save them.

Fri., Feb. 18

Arbor Day in Georgia:  This 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, which is sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission, gives everyone an opportunity to learn about the benefits trees provide to communities. 

Note that while most of the country celebrates Arbor Day in April, Georgia celebrates it in February because that's early spring is the very best time to plant trees in our hardiness zones.  You can adopt HEMLOCK saplings from SGH (call the Hemlock Help Line at 706-429-8010) or order OTHER tree seedlings from the Georgia Forestry Commission.

BTW, 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.

Sun., Feb. 20

Sapling planting project:  In celebration of Arbor Day in Georgia, five volunteers from SGH participated in a special hemlock planting at Tammen Park, Blue Ridge.   Hope you'll come out and see these beautiful trees; they're right next to the parking lot.

SGH also has healthy, pre-treated saplings for adoption for a modest donation.   If you'd like to learn what's available, please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.

Fri., Feb. 25

Sapling rescue in Rabun County:  Nine volunteers came out on a misty spring morning to do maintenance and some sapling thinning along a well used trail in Rabun County.  Approximately 130 small saplings were thinned from overcrowded stands, leaving room for the bigger ones to grow up full and healthy.

Sat., Feb. 26

Sapling potting in Rabun County:  Four volunteers met at Buz Stone's house to help pot some of the saplings that were rescued during yesterday's trail maintenance project.  Thanks everyone for a job well done.  As soon as the little trees are stabilized in the pots, they'll be ready to be donated or offered for adoption.

If you're interested in adopting one or more saplings, please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 for contact information for our three sapling nurseries.

Sat., Feb. 26

Customized Facilitator Training Workshop for Cartecay volunteers:  Nine new Facilitators were trained in this class that was specially customized for individuals planning to serve as either team leaders or volunteers on the March 12 hemlock treatment project on the Cartecay River in Ellijay.    The scope was limited to the basic processes for applying Imidacloprid 2F by Kioritz soil injection for the land-based volunteers and applying CoreTect tablets by soil insertion for the paddlers.

The class was taught in person at the Gilmer County Library with a demo / hands-on practice segment immediately following the classroom portion.

Sat., Mar. 12

Hemlock treatment at Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center:  SGH partnered with a local Boy Scout troop to continue protection of the hemlocks at Foxfire in Rabun County.   Seven SGH volunteers and ten Boy  Scouts and Scouting adults braved the cold and wind to treat or retreat a total of 426 trees and then enjoyed some good pizza.  Super job, everyone!  The hemlocks lift their branches to you.

The location was 98 Foxfire Lane, Mountain City, GA 30562.    Click here for the Project Details.

Wed., Mar. 17

Hemlock Treatment at UGA Experiment Station, Blairsville:  SGH partnered with the UGA Experiment Station staff and Preservation Committee volunteers to treat or retreat the hemlocks around this facility.  Working in small teams to apply Imidacloprid liquid by Kioritz soil injectors, 16 volunteers treated 136 large trees and 81 small ones in about 2 hours.  Great job, everyone!

The Experiment Station’s formal name is Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center, located at 195 Mountain Experiment Station Road, Blairsville, GA  30512.  Click here to read the Project Details.

Sat., Mar. 19

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Fannin & Gilmer Counties:  Two new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.

The class was taught via ZOOM, and the demo / hands-on practice segment will be scheduled separately as soon as possible.

Mon., Mar. 21

International Day of Forests:  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'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., Mar. 25

Hemlock treatment project at Smithgall Woods, Helen:   SGH partnered with the DNR and Friends of the Park to retreat the hemlocks in a section of the park. Working in small teams to apply Imidacloprid liquid by Kioritz soil injectors, 9 volunteers treated 111 trees in about 3 hours.  Click here for the Project Details.

 

Sat., Mar. 26

Hemlock treatment project at Copper Ridge, Dahlonega:   SGH partnered with members of this neighborhood to retreat a section of the hemlocks on their common area. Working in small teams to apply Imidacloprid liquid by Kioritz soil injectors, 10 volunteers treated 159 trees on some super steep terrain.  Click here for the Project Details.

 

Sat., Apr. 2

 

 

POSTPONED -- NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED.
Hemlock treatment on the Cartecay River -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  SGH will partner with paddlers, fishermen, and other volunteers to treat the hemlocks in the DNR Wildlife Management Area along the Cartecay River in Ellijay, Gilmer County.  Project Details will be posted when a new date is set. 

 

Sat., April 9

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for White & Union Counties:  One new Facilitator was trained in this class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.

The class was taught via ZOOM, and the demo / hands-on practice segment will be scheduled separately as soon as possible. 

Sun., Apr. 10

Hemlock treatment project at Anna Ruby Falls:   SGH began a multi-day project in support of the U. S. Forest Service to retreat approximately 1,200 hemlocks at this beautiful recreation area on the Chattooga River Ranger District in White County.   Click here for Project Details.

Under the leadership of Jon Jones, 16 SGH volunteers and USFS staff treated or retreated  205 tagged trees and an estimated 275 small ones, for a grand total of 480 trees.   GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

Tues., Apr. 12

Hemlock treatment project at Black Rock Mountain State Park:   SGH partnered with the DNR to treat or retreat 62 hemlocks in this park.  An amazing group of 16 SGH volunteers and park staff got together under the leadership of Buz Stone and Jessica James got the whole job done is just a couple of hours.  THE TREES THANK YOU!

Wed., Apr. 13

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  This meeting focused on a review of the first quarter accomplishments, activities scheduled for the second quarter, and plans for realigning the Leadership Team for greater effectiveness and utilization of team members' talents.  

The meeting was held via ZOOM.  Click here for the Meeting Agenda.  Meeting Notes will be posted shortly.  

Tues., Apr. 19

Hemlock planting at Hurricane Creek:  SGH partnered with Stacie James of the University of North Georgia Ecological Protection Lab and the UNG Sustainability Club to plant 20 hemlock saplings along the creek near the Hurricane Creek Field Research Station in Dahlonega. We provided the saplings and all the planting materials.

The purpose of this project was to enhance the vitality and diversity of the riparian zone now and possibly prepare the site for future use as a field insectary in which to raise predator beetles to combat the hemlock woolly adelgid.

The event took place at 3990 Dawsonville Highway (Hwy 9),  Dahlonega, Georgia 30597 with approximately 12 participants

Fri., 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.  It's a great time to go out and do something good for our planet -- plant a tree or a garden, clean up a public space or waterway, start a compost pile or start recycling.  Click here for tons of great ideas!

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. 23

Hemlock treatment project at Alex Cove:  Under the leadership of Jim Wentworth, 4 SGH volunteers and 2 USFS staff members treated or retreated 179  hemlocks at Alex Cove (HCA 65) on the Blue Ridge Ranger District in Union County. Click here for Project Details

Sat., Apr. 23 &
Sun., Apr. 24

Bear on the Square SGH had 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.

Fifteen SGH volunteers helped with this event, had an estimated 264 visitors, and got 31 healthy hemlock saplings adopted.  The location was Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega

Fri., Apr. 29

National Arbor Day:  In the last 50 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has planted and distributed nearly 500 million trees in more than 50 countries around the world to fight global issues facing humankind.   The Arbor Day Foundation web site says, "We plant trees because people need trees.  And when planted in the right place, they have great impact.  Trees help slow climate change, filter our air and water, foster biodiversity, and strengthen our communities.  They create the kind of transformational change the world needs now."  Please see their web site for lots of good ideas for celebrating this special day and keeping it going all year.

SGH wants to follow their example.  With your help, we can plant trees today for a better tomorrow.  If you'd like to adopt some healthy, pre-treated hemlock saplings, please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 to learn what's available.

Sat., Apr. 30

Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival SGH had a booth at this well attended 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.  Special materials highlighted 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.

Five SGH volunteers helped in our booth, had an estimated 162 visitors, and got 19 healthy hemlock saplings adopted.  The location was the park in downtown Blue Ridge.

Sun., May 15

Hemlock treatment project at Anna Ruby Falls:   This was the second day of a multi-day project in support of the U. S. Forest Service to retreat approximately 1,200 hemlocks at this beautiful recreation area on the Chattooga River Ranger District in White County.  Click here for Project Details.

Under the leadership of Jon Jones, 16 SGH volunteers and USFS staff members treated or retreated 707 trees.  GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!

Sat., May 28 &
Sun., May 29

Blue Ridge Arts Festival:    SGH had 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. 

Seventeen SGH volunteers helped staff our booth, had an estimated 312 visitors, and got 37 healthy hemlock saplings adopted.  The location was the park in downtown Blue Ridge.  

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:  In celebration of National Trails Day, SGH had an education station to provide information about the importance of hemlocks in our communities, the threat presented by the invasive insect that's killing them, how property owners can identify and manage the problem, why timely action is vital, and opportunities for volunteers to help save the trees on public lands, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.

Three SGH volunteers helped staff our booth, had an estimated 40 visitors, and got 1 healthy hemlock sapling adopted.  The location is the Anna Ruby Falls Visitors Center, 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd. near Helen.

Sun., June 12

Postponed -- being rescheduled for later this year.
Hemlock treatment project at Anna Ruby Falls -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:   This will be the third (and hopefully final) day of a multi-day project in support of the U. S. Forest Service to retreat approximately 1,200 hemlocks at this beautiful recreation area on the Chattooga River Ranger District in White County.   Project Details will be posted soon.

Registration is required.  To volunteer, please contact Jon Jones at jdjones611@gmail.com or 910-987-0306 and provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county. 

Sun., July 4 
 

Independence Day:  This is a good day to enjoy with your family and friends by doing something good for your community and celebrating all the wonderful blessings we have.  

 

Sat., July 9

Postponed -- being rescheduled for in-person class.
SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Dawson & Lumpkin Counties:  This class is designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners and to work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save hemlocks on our public lands.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.

Registration is required.  Please text Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173 or email derrick1p1@gmail.com.    Note that the SGH Hemlock Help Clinic is a prerequisite for this workshop.

Sat., July 16

Hemlock treatment project at Lower Dicks Creek &  Miller Branch:  Under the leadership of Jim Wentworth, ten SGH volunteers treated / retreated approximately 200 hemlocks at Lower Dicks Creek &  Miller Branch (HCA 72B) on the Blue Ridge Ranger District in Lumpkin County.  Click here for Project Details.

EXCELLENT WORK, EVERYONE!

Sun., July 17

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting:  Board Members, Officers, Program Managers, Instructors, Lead Facilitators, and Scout Liaisons gathered for our first in-person meeting since 2020. This well attended meeting focused on a review of second quarter accomplishments, remaining third and fourth quarter activities, and plans for realigning the Leadership Team for greater efficiency and utilization of team members' talents.  Restructure of our Clinic / Facilitator training was a key topic. Thanks to all who participated for your insight and contributions. 

The meeting was held at the new Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, 342 Hill Street, Dahlonega.  Click here for the Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notes.

Sat., July 30

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Fannin & Gilmer Counties:  Three people attended this introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, some starter instruction to treat their own trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class was taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.

Sun., Aug. 7

Postponed -- being rescheduled for later this year.
Hemlock treatment project at Dicks Creek South -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:   SGH will be treating or retreating the hemlocks at Dicks Creek South  (HCA 300) on the Chattooga River Ranger District in Lumpkin County.   Project Details will be posted soon.

Registration is required.  To volunteer, please contact Jon Jones at jdjones611@gmail.com or 910-987-0306 and provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county. 

Sat., Aug. 13

Hemlock treatment project at Waters Creek & Upper Waters Creek in Lumpkin County:   Under the leadership of Jim Wentworth, 8 volunteers treated / retreated approximately 130 hemlocks at (HCA 72 / 72A) on the Blue Ridge Ranger District in Lumpkin County.  Click here for Project Details.

EXCELLENT WORK, EVERYONE!

Sat., Aug. 20

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Habersham, Hall, Pickens & Cherokee Counties:  One person attended this introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, some starter instruction to treat their own trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class was taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.

Mon., Sept. 4

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting in Lakemont:  SGH had an educational exhibit and volunteers on hand to provide information about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, the threat presented by the invasive insect that's killing them, how property owners can identify and manage the problem, why timely action is vital, and opportunities for volunteers to help save the trees on public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings were available for adoption. 

We estimate we had approximately 40 visitors to our information station.  The location was the Lake Rabun Pavilion, 1757 Lake Rabun Road, Lakemont, GA  30552.

Mon., Sept. 5 
 

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 did something fun outdoors and make some good memories.  

 

Sat., Sept. 10

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Towns & Rabun Counties:  Four students participated in this introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, some starter instruction to treat their own trees, and information about the options to learn more and do more Click here for the Clinic description & outline.

The class was taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.

Sat., Sept. 17

Trail Fest:   SGH hosted a booth at this important festival in Dahlonega. Eight volunteers contributed 45 service hours 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.  Sixteen healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

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

Sun., Sept. 18

Hemlock treatment project at Anna Ruby Falls:  On this third and final day of a multi-day project, seven SGH volunteers supported the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat 327 hemlocks at this at this beautiful recreation area (HCA 65) near Helen on the Chattooga River Ranger District in White County. Click here for the Project Details.

THANKS TO ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

Sun., Sept. 18

Postponed -- being reschedule for later this fall.
Hemlock treatment project at Gold Mine Branch -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  
SGH will be treating or retreating the hemlocks at Gold Mine Branch (HCA 10) on the Chattooga River Ranger District in Rabun County.   Project Details will be posted soon.

Registration is required.  To volunteer, please contact Jon Jones at jdjones611@gmail.com or 910-987-0306 and provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county. 

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

Appalachian Trail Day at Brasstown Bald Visitors Center & Recreation Area:   SGH hosted a booth at this celebration of the Appalachian Trail.  Five volunteers contributed 23 service hours 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.  Five healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

From their web site:  "The Brasstown Bald Visitors Center sits atop Georgia's highest mountain at 4,784 feet above sea level. Surrounded by the Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest, its cloud level observation deck offers stunning 360-degree views of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and valleys. On a clear day, one can see four states. The unique circular building is home to an 8,000 sq. ft. museum featuring interactive cultural and natural history exhibits." 

The location was the lower parking lot and visitor center at Brasstown Bald, 2941 Hwy. 180 Spur, Hiawassee GA 30546.  

Sat., Oct. 1 
 

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  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 also be available for adoption. 

The location is the Rabun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah Street, Clayton.   To volunteer, please contact Buz Stone at 404-626-1746 or buzstone@gmail.com.

Sat., Oct. 1 &
Sun., Oct. 2
 

Georgia Marble Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH will have a booth at this festival 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 also be available for adoption. 

The location is Lee Newton Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper.  To volunteer, please contact Jim Heilman at 404-405-7553 or jim.heilman@hotmail.com.

Sat., Oct. 1

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Dade & Walker Counties:  One student participated in this  introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, some starter instruction to treat their own trees, and information about the options to learn more and do more Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class was taught via ZOOM and is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Training Workshop.

Sat., Oct. 8

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for ALL Counties:  One new Facilitator was trained in this class designed for individuals who have attended a SGH Hemlock Help Clinic and now want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* Complete how-to instruction covering the trees, the insects, assessing infestations, cultural practices, chemical treatments, biological controls, cost considerations, personal and environmental safety. 
* Volunteer training to advise and assist other property owners and to work with the U. S. Forest Service and Georgia DNR to save hemlocks on our public lands.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.
  

The class was taught in person in Gilmer County.

Sat., Oct. 15

Canceled by Gibbs Gardens
Georgia Mountains Beer Fest -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED
:  SGH will have an education station at this festival in Ball Ground to provide information about the importance of hemlocks in our communities, the threat presented by the invasive insect that's killing them, how property owners can identify and manage the problem, why timely action is vital, and opportunities for volunteers to help save the trees on public lands.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

Gibbs Gardens is located at 1987 Gibbs Dr. off Yellow Creek Rd. in Ball Ground, GA 30107.

Sun., Oct.16

SGH Leadership Team fall meeting:  This meeting focused on a review of the third quarter accomplishments, activities scheduled for the fourth quarter, and plans for realigning the Leadership Team for greater efficiency and utilization of team members' talents.   Click here for the Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notes.

The meeting was held in person at the Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, 342 Hill St., Dahlonega. 

Sat., Oct. 22

Hemlock treatment project at Helton Creek:  On a gorgeous fall day, a dozen SGH volunteers supported the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat approximately 200 hemlocks at Helton Creek (HCA 64) on the Blue Ridge Ranger District in Union County.  Click here for the  Project Details.

THANKS EVERYONE FOR A JOB WELL DONE! 

Fri., Nov. 4

Hemlock planting project at UNG's Hurricane Creek:  Seven volunteers from SGH and UNG planted 30 lovely little saplings in an area that has recently been renovated.  The plan is to grow them for a few years and then allow adelgids to come in so the trees can be used as a field insectary for growing predator beetles.

The location was 3990 Dawsonville Highway (Hwy 9), Dahlonega.

Sun., Nov. 6

Postponed -- may be rescheduled.
Hemlock treatment project at Upper Cliff Creek -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:   SGH will be treating or retreating the hemlocks at Upper Cliff Creek (HCA 20) on the Chattooga River Ranger District in Rabun County.   Project Details will be posted when available.

Sun., Nov. 6

Hemlock treatment project at Tallulah River Campground:   Under the leadership of Jon Jones, nine SGH volunteers and USFS staff treated or retreated 215 hemlocks at the Tallulah River  Campground (HCA 37) on the Chattooga River Ranger District in Rabun County.   Click here for the Project Details.

THANKS EVERYONE FOR A JOB WELL DONE! 

Fri., Nov. 10

Hemlock planting on UNG Campus and grant award:  At the invitation of Staces James, Program Coordinator for the UNG Environmental Leadership Center,  SGH donated and planted a big beautiful hemlock on the University of North Georgia campus near the main entrance.  With an educational sign marking the spot, it stands on the hill overlooking the University's stone sign at the corner of Thomas Circle Rd. and South Chestatee St.  Participants in the planting included Stacie James, Karrie Ann Fadroski Ashley McCaskill, Steve Shepherd, Clark Leonard, Daniel Jackson, John Leyba and several UNG students plus Donna Shearer and Holly Cockran of SGH.

At the conclusion of the planting event, SGH presented a grant check for $2,000 to the Environmental Leadership Center to support the Environmental Protection Lab.  We believe that the partnership between UNG and SGH and the parallel biological and chemical approaches it represents for controlling the hemlock woolly adelgid are important and will have a lasting impact on the health, beauty, and economic vitality of our community and beyond.

Sat., Nov. 12

Boy Scout Conservation Weekend -- This annual event sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to Scouts' conservation and learning.  The 2022 Conservation Weekend will be held from Nov. 11 - 13 at Camp Woodruff.  Eighteen Merit Badges will be offered, and Scouts will have the opportunity to enroll in up to three merit badges. This event includes a conservation themed workshop with games and information on how to create, execute and document a conservation project.

SGH Education Station:  SGH had an education station on Saturday to provide information to Scouts and Leaders about opportunities for hemlock-related education and service in support of Merit Badges and Eagle Scout rank.  Thanks to Elliott Segall for staffing our booth and sharing the hemlock message with several dozen scouts and leaders.

Hemlock treatment project at Camp Woodruff:  SGH partnered with the Boy Scouts to treat an important stand of  hemlocks on their campus.  Three SGH volunteers and nine scouts and scouting adults treated 68 trees, and we plan to go back for more next spring.  Thanks to Jim Wentworth and Holly Cochran for the leadership on this project.

The location was Camp Woodruff, 31 Woodruff Dr., Blairsville, GA  30512. 

Sun., Nov. 20 Hemlock Treatment Project at Dick's Creek:  Eleven volunteers treated 101 trees at this very scenic part of the National Forest in Stephens County.   Click here for the Project Details.

Thanks to Jon Jones for his leadership and to all the volunteers who helped.

 


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