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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Wed., Oct. 13, 2021

Schedule of Events

We are beginning to plan our calendar of SGH presentations, training, service projects, and festivals for FY 2021 (December 1, 2020 - November 30, 2021).   The dates that are known so far are shown below, and more will be added following our next Leadership Team meeting and throughout the year. 

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 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 FY 2021

Wed., Aug. 4
 

GATC-SGH hemlock treatment project at Justus Creek -- TEAM LEADERS NEEDED:  SGH will partner with the Georgia Appalachian Club to treat the trees along the south side of the AT in  a newly approved Hemlock Conservation Area (HCA 505).   GATC will provide most of the volunteers, but we need some experienced SGH Facilitators to serve as team leaders.   Click here for Project Details and maps.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Pete Buak at  706-968-8979 or peterbuak@gmail.com.

Sat., Aug. 7

(rescheduled from June 23)

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Swallows Creek and Falls Branch Creek -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be treating or retreating approximately 42 and 122 trees at these two sites in Towns County east of Hiawassee on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Click here for Project Details and maps.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Jim Wentworth at wentwrth@windstream.net or 706-897-0645.   Please provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county.

Sun., Aug. 8

(continued from
July 18)

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Upper Chattahoochee River Campground -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  This project will be to complete the hemlock treatment that was started on July 18.   It is expected that we can be finished around noon, so if you're looking for a short project, this one is for you!  Click here for Project Details and maps.

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

Wed., Aug. 18
 

GATC-SGH hemlock treatment project at Dockery Lake -- TEAM LEADERS NEEDED:  SGH is partnering with the Georgia Appalachian Club to treat the trees along the AT in  two newly approved Hemlock Conservation Areas (HCA 501 south starting at the lake and HCA 500 north starting from the AT heading toward the lake).  GATC will provide most of the volunteers, but we need some experienced SGH Facilitators to serve as team leaders.   Project Details and maps will be posted here as soon as they're available 

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Pete Buak at  706-968-8979 or peterbuak@gmail.com

 Sat., Aug. 21
 

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Cooper Creek -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be treating or retreating approximately 120 trees in this hemlock conservation area on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Jim Wentworth at wentwrth@windstream.net or 706-897-0645.   Please provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county.

Wed., Aug. 25
 

GATC-SGH hemlock treatment project at Plumorchard Gap -- TEAM LEADERS NEEDED:  SGH is partnering with the Georgia Appalachian Club to treat the trees along the AT in  a newly approved Hemlock Conservation Area (HCA 507) from Plumorchard Gap south to Bull Gap.  GATC will provide most of the volunteers, but we need some experienced SGH Facilitators to serve as team leaders.   Project Details and maps will be posted here as soon as they're available 

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Pete Buak at  706-968-8979 or peterbuak@gmail.com

Fri., Aug. 27
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Fannin, Gilmer & White Counties:  This class is designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class will be taught on-line, and registration is required.  To register and receive your sign-in instructions, call 404-593-3173 or email derrick1p1@yahoo.com no later than noon on Thursday., Aug. 26.   Please provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county.

Sun., Aug. 29
 

GATC-SGH hemlock treatment project at Jacks Knob Trail -- TEAM LEADERS NEEDED:  SGH is partnering with the Georgia Appalachian Club to treat the trees along the AT in  a newly approved Hemlock Conservation Area (HCA 503).  GATC will provide most of the volunteers, but we need some experienced SGH Facilitators to serve as team leaders.   Project Details and maps will be posted here as soon as they're available 

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Pete Buak at  706-968-8979 or peterbuak@gmail.com

 Sun., Sept. 5
 

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting in Lakemont:  SGH will have 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.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption. 

The location is the Lake Rabun Pavilion, 1757 Lake Rabun Road, Lakemont, GA  30552.

Mon., Sept. 6 
 

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.  

 

Wed., Sept. 8
 

GATC-SGH hemlock treatment project at Blue Ridge Swag -- TEAM LEADERS NEEDED:  SGH is partnering with the Georgia Appalachian Club to treat the trees along the AT in  a newly approved Hemlock Conservation Area (HCA 508).  GATC will provide most of the volunteers, but we need some experienced SGH Facilitators to serve as team leaders.   Project Details and maps will be posted here as soon as they're available 

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Pete Buak at  706-968-8979 or peterbuak@gmail.com

Sat., Sept. 11 &
Sun., Sept. 12 
 

Trail Fest --  BOOTH VOLUNTEERS 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 is Hancock Park and the historic square in downtown Dahlonega.  To volunteer to help staff our booth, please contact Betty Larsen at 706-374-6435 or 706-633-0358 or bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

Sun., Sept. 12
 

GATC-SGH hemlock treatment project at Poplar Stump & Sapling Gap -- TEAM LEADERS NEEDED:  SGH is partnering with the Georgia Appalachian Club to treat the trees along the AT in  two newly approved Hemlock Conservation Areas (HCA 502 Poplar Stump section and HCA 504 Sapling Gap area).  GATC will provide most of the volunteers, but we need some experienced SGH Facilitators to serve as team leaders.   Project Details and maps will be posted here as soon as they're available 

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Pete Buak at  706-968-8979 or peterbuak@gmail.com

Fri., Sept. 24
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Union, Lumpkin & Hall Counties:  This class is designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class will be taught on-line, and registration is required.  To register and receive your sign-in instructions, call 404-593-3173 or email derrick1p1@yahoo.com no later than noon on Thursday., Sept. 23.   Please provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county.

Sat., Sept. 25
 

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. 2
 

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have an education station at this festival in Clayton 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.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption. 

The location is the Civic Center in downtown Clayton.   To volunteer to help staff our booth, please contact Buz Stone at 404-626-1746 or buzstone@gmail.com.

Sat., Oct. 2 &
Sun., Oct. 3
 

Georgia Marble Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH will have an education station at this festival in Jasper 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.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is Lee Newton Park in downtown Jasper.   To volunteer to help staff our booth, please contact Jim Heilman at 404-405-7553 or jim.heilman@hotmail.com.

Sat., Oct. 2
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Gordon & Pickens Counties:  This class is designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class will be taught on-line, and registration is required.  To register and receive your sign-in instructions, call 706-429-8010 or email donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org no later than noon on Fri., Oct. 1.   Please provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county.

Sat., Oct. 16
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Fannin, Gilmer & Towns Counties:  This class is designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class will be taught on-line, and registration is required.  To register and receive your sign-in instructions, call 706-429-8010 or email donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org no later than noon on Friday, Oct. 15.   Please provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county.

 Sat., Oct. 16

Gibbs Gardens has canceled this event for 2021.

Georgia Mountains Beer Fest at Gibbs Gardens -- 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, and how volunteers can help save trees on our 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. 17
 

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting:  This meeting will focus on a review of the third quarter accomplishments and plans for fourth quarter activities. 

The meeting agenda and sign-on instructions will be posted prior to the meeting. 

 Sat., Oct. 23
 

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at the Wildcat Recreation Area -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be treating or retreating the hemlocks at 2 sites in this hemlock conservation area on the Chattooga River Ranger District.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

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

Fri., Nov 12 –
Sun., Nov. 14
 

Hornaday Conservation Weekend This annual event sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to Scouts' conservation and learning while working toward earning the William T. Hornaday Awards.   SGH will have 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 how Scouts can plan and execute several types of hemlock conservation projects leading to merit badges, Eagle Scout rank, and/or Hornaday Awards.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

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

 Thurs., Nov. 25
 

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 2021

Wed., Dec. 2
 

Hemlock treatment project at Minnehaha Falls:  Three SGH volunteers participated with the USFS on a hemlock treatment project at Minnehaha Falls in Rabun County.

 Sat., Dec. 5
 

Hemlock treatment project at Rabun Beach Recreation Area:  Five SGH volunteers participated with the USFS on a hemlock treatment project at this site near Angel Falls in Rabun County. 

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 Wed., Dec. 9
 

Sapling rescue project:  Three SGH volunteers rescued and treated 50 large hemlock saplings on a property in Gilmer County. 

 Fri., Dec. 11
 

Customized training:  SGH conducted customized hands-on training for two U. S. Forest Service staff and three SGH volunteers.  The workshop covered the planning, management, and conduct of hemlock treatment projects plus the maintenance, problem diagnosis, and repair of Kioritz and EZ-Ject soil injectors.  Two Kioritz soil injectors were repaired during the workshop. 

The location was 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega. 

 Fri., Dec. 25, 2020

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

Fri., Jan. 1, 2021

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.

Sun, Jan. 10
 

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting:  This meeting served as the kick-off for what we hope will be a very busy and productive year in 2021. 

Click here for the meeting agenda and meeting notes.

Mon., Jan. 18 
 

Martin Luther King Day of Service

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

Sat., Jan. 30
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Rabun, Towns & Habersham Counties:  Five new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

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

Sat., Feb. 13
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Union, White & Towns Counties:  Six new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

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

Fri., Feb. 19

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.  You can adopt hemlock saplings from SGH or order other 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.

Sat., Feb. 20
 

Sapling Rescue Project:  Three Facilitators conducted a hemlock sapling rescue and potting project at the Gheesling's property in Gilmer County, yielding 100 lovely little trees.  THANKS  Chris, Evan and Gary for a job well done, and THANKS Frank and Linda for your generosity!

Sat., Feb. 27
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Lumpkin, Dawson & Hall Counties:  Five new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.. 

Class was taught on-line.  An in-person hands-on demo / practice session will be scheduled soon. 

Sat., Mar. 13
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for White & Habersham Counties:  This class is designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Sat., Mar. 20
 

Sapling planting in Atlanta:  SGH partnered with Trees Atlanta to plant a large number of trees (including 20 large hemlocks saplings we donated) to protect and expand Atlanta’s tree canopy.  The project took place at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30307.   While several teams planted other kinds of trees and shrubs, nine wonderful volunteers joined the SGH team and, following a short planting demo, fanned out over the property and got all the hemlock saplings safely tucked into the ground where they'll grow more beautiful each year.

Click here to read the Project Details.

Sun., 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. 26
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Pickens & Cherokee Counties:  Two new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class was taught on-line and will be followed with a hands-on demo session as soon as it can be scheduled.

Sat., Mar. 27

SGH-DNR hemlock project at Smithgall Woods:  Eight SGH volunteers supported the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Friends of the Park to help treat or retreat about 300 hemlocks in a designated section of the park.  It was wonderful to have this opportunity to get back out in the woods for some good exercise and fellowship with other tree huggers! 

The meeting site was the Visitor Center.  See map.   Click here for Project Details.   Following a short orientation that included a project overview and safety briefing by DNR Project Leader Lee Carpenter and a soil injector demo by Donna Shearer, the teams fanned out through the woods and got the job done in spite of the constant threat of rain throughout the day.  THANKS EVERYONE!!!

Tues., March 30
 

SGH Hemlock Lesson at Young Harris College -- Jonathan Micancin's Ecology class received a presentation dealing with the concepts of ecosystem interdependencies, biodiversity, trouble caused by invasive species, and protecting the environment as they relate to the hemlock.  It will address the questions of:

* what's the hemlock problem & what's causing it,
* what can be done about it,
* why it matters now and into the future,
*  what individuals and groups can do about it, and
* how this lesson applies to the larger ecological & environmental picture.

Fri., Apr. 2
(postponed from Mar. 31 due to rain)
 

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project at Bob Creek:  Four volunteers treated 43 trees at this site on the Blue Ridge Ranger District to complete the project begun in August 2019.   Some of the volunteers were recently trained Facilitators and got to practice their newly acquired skills for the first time.  Click here for the Project Details.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Jim at wentwrth@windstream.net or 706-897-0645.   Please provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county.

Sat., Apr. 17

SGH supported Eagle Scout candidate Sean Glover of Troop 4900 from Woodstock for a sapling planting project at Peeples Lake in Chatsworth.  Under Sean's leadership, 14 Scouts planted 20 healthy hemlock saplings near the parking area beside the lake to help control erosion and make the area more naturally attractive.  Click here for Project Details and maps.

Sat., Apr. 17
and
Sun., Apr. 18
 

CANCELED due to Covid.  We'll try again next year.

Bear on the Square --  BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH was planning to 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.

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

Tues., Apr. 20

Sapling planting at Hurricane Creek Research Station:   SGH partnered with the University of North Georgia Ecological Protection Lab and the UNG Sustainability Club to plant 50 hemlock saplings, donated by SGH, in the riparian zone of the Research Station property in Lumpkin County.   Under the leadership of UNG's Stacie James and SGH's Robert Fuller, 10 students and 4 adults worked hard (until 8:00 p.m.!) and got all the little trees safely tucked into their new home.  THANKS EVERYONE for a job well done.  Visitors are welcome to come and see the area which at some point may become a field insectary for raising predator beetles.

 Wed., Apr. 21
 

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Lake Winfield Scott Beach in Suches: Under the leadership of Jim Wentworth, eight volunteers treated 98 trees at this site on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Union County Lead Facilitator Katherine Carey did a great job of recruiting the volunteers from the cabin owners.  It's GREAT to see a neighborhood gang up and work together to protect the beauty and environmental health of their community!

Thurs., 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.

Thurs., Apr. 22
(postponed from Apr. 10 due to rain)
 

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project at Timpson Creek:  Seven volunteers treated 126 hemlocks at 2 sites in this hemlock conservation area on the Chattooga River Ranger District.  This was the first treatment project on which Jon Jones assumed his new role as Treatment Project Manager for the CRRD, and he did a great job!  Access to the sites was very challenging, but our hardy volunteers soldiered on and got it done in good time.  Click here for Project Details.

Thurs., Apr. 22

Special Event at Project Chimps:    SGH was invited to help celebrate the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new hiking trails at Project Chimps.  Over four miles of trails are ready to be explored including the Nature Trail, complete with interpretive signage.  Visitors are also encouraged to head up to the Overlook at the top of the White Trail with a pair of binoculars and try to spot the chimps exploring the Peachtree Habitat.

Project Chimps is one of SGH’s partner organizations, and they do such good work, not only with creating a wonderful home for the retired chimps but also with preserving the hemlocks on their campus.

Click here to see the invitation.  Project Chimps is located at 2031 Lowery Rd. in Morganton.

Sat., Apr. 24
 

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 needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class was taught on-line.

Sat., Apr. 24

CANCELED due to Covid.  We'll try again next year.

Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH was planning to 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, we have 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.

The location is the park in downtown Blue Ridge.

Sat., Apr. 24
 

RESCHEDULED due to rain

Education and Service at Camp Evergreen -- Camp Evergreen is a Christian camp located in the serene mountains of North Georgia near Lake Burton.  This year they invited SGH to be part of their Go everGREEN event during which kids and their families will celebrate Earth Day by spending the day at the camp with activities like hiking archery, canoeing, crafts, and super fun presentations by local nature experts. 

The plan was for SGH and the Hemlock Doctor to give a presentation on the hemlocks, what's happening to them, what can be done to save them, and why it matters.  Then following a demonstration of the treatment process, any  kids or parents who would like to participate  would be invited to join us to help treat some of the hemlocks at the camp.  This portion of the program is being rescheduled for two dates during the summer camp season -- stay tuned.

The location is 478 Andersonville Lane, Clarkesville, GA 30523.   For more information, the camp's phone number is 706-947-1459.

 Mon., Apr. 26
(postponed from
Apr. 11)
 

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 efficiency and utilization of team members' talents. 

Click here for the meeting agenda.  Click here for meeting notes.

Fri., April 30 

Hemlock planting in celebration of National Arbor Day:  In partnership with the City of Jasper, SGH planted  several hemlock saplings in Lee Newton Park and gave a brief talk about the importance of hemlocks, what's happening to them, and what citizens can do to save them.  This program was conceived by Donnie Low and Facilitated by Pickens County Lead Facilitator Jim Heilman.   The first hemlock planting in the park was done in February 2020, and the plan is to continue planting more hemlocks each year in various parks and public spaces in Jasper.

During our 2021 annual membership appeal this spring,  SGH accepted donations from anyone who wanted to symbolically adopt a hemlock sapling for the planting project in the park.  To make such a donation, please download and print the Hemlock Adoption Form and mail it with your check to the address listed on the form (or just mark your check "Hemlock adoption for Jasper").  Donors who filled out the form also could indicate whether they would like to be recognized in the local newspaper in conjunction with this year's event.

Lee Newton Park is located at 599 Stegall Dr, Jasper, GA 30143.  

Sat., May 8
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Murray & Whitfield Counties:  Two new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class was taught on-line.

Sat, May 29 &
Sun., May 30

SGH chose not to participate due to ongoing Covid concerns.  We hope to participate in the fall festival.
Blue Ridge Arts 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.

Sun., May 30

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting in Lakemont:  SGH had an educational exhibit and have 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. 

The location was the Lake Rabun Pavilion, 1757 Lake Rabun Road, Lakemont, GA  30552.

Fri., June 4
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Dade & Walker 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:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class was taught on-line.

Sat., June 5

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 5
 

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.

We had an estimated 60 visitors to our booth and got 10 healthy hemlock saplings adopted into new homes.

The location was the Anna Ruby Falls Visitors Center, 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd. near Helen.   

Sat., June 12
 

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in Noontootla:  Continuing the project  begun during our Hike & Help the Hemlocks in November 2019 to finish treating or retreating approximately 120 hemlocks at Chester Creek and Long Creek Falls,  9 volunteers treated 114 trees. 

Click here for Project Details and maps.

Wed., June 23

Rescheduled for
Sat., Aug. 7
 

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Swallows Creek and Falls Branch Creek -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be treating or retreating approximately 42 and 122 trees at these two sites in Towns County east of Hiawassee on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Click here for Project Details and maps.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Jim Wentworth at wentwrth@windstream.net or 706-897-0645.   Please provide your name, phone number, preferred email address, and your county.

Sun., June 27
To be rescheduled
 

GATC-SGH hemlock treatment project at Blackwell Creek -- TEAM LEADERS NEEDED:  SGH is partnering with the Georgia Appalachian Club to treat the trees along the AT in  a newly approved Hemlock Conservation Area (HCA 506).  GATC will provide most of the volunteers, but we need some experienced SGH Facilitators to serve as team leaders.   To sign-up, contact Donna & 706-429-8010 or donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org.

Project Details and maps will be posted here as soon as they're available. 

Sat., 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 10

Rescheduled for
Sun., July 18
 

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Upper Chattahoochee River Campground -- MANY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be treating or retreating a large number of hemlocks at 4-5 sites on this hemlock conservation area on the Chattooga River Ranger District.  Click here for Project Details with maps and driving directions.

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

Wed., July 7
 

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting:  This meeting focused on a review of the second quarter accomplishments, updates to our Bylaws, and plans for third quarter activities.  Click here for the Meeting Agenda.

The meeting notes will be posted shortly. 

Sat., July 17
 

SGH Volunteer Facilitator Training Workshop for Rabun, Towns & Habersham Counties:  Four new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in saving the hemlocks:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class was taught on-line.  Interesting note:  One of the students lives in Maryland, and another lives in Washington state.  Both expressed an interest in establishing initiatives to save the hemlocks in their local communities.

Sun., July 18

(rescheduled from July 10)
 

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Upper Chattahoochee River Campground:  Eight volunteers treated or retreated 239  hemlocks at 4-5 sites on this hemlock conservation area on the Chattooga River Ranger District.   Click here for Project Details and maps.

The project will be continued on Wednesday, August 4.

Wed., July 21
 

GATC-SGH hemlock treatment project at Justus Creek:  SGH partnered with the Georgia Appalachian Club to treat the trees along the north side of the AT in  a newly approved Hemlock Conservation Area (HCA 505).  Four volunteers treated 50 hemlocks.   Click here for Project Details and maps.

The project will be continued on Wednesday, August 4. 

 Sat., July 24
 

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Mulky Creek:  Eleven volunteers treated or retreated approximately 180 trees in 4 sites in this hemlock conservation area on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Click here for Project Details and maps.

The weather cooperated nicely, providing a good breeze all day and holding off the storms until we were finished.  And the work teams were amazing in their energy and speed.  The only downside to the day was the yellow jackets, who were in a particularly bad mood and stung two of our volunteers.  Everybody is OK now, but word to the wise -- look and listen for bees when you're in the woods.


 

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Completed Events in FY 2020

Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

SGH presentation to Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia:  SGH Chairman Donna Shearer gave the keynote address at MCTGA's annual meeting.  She presented our mission, the many kinds of activities we engage in, and a special invitation to partner for saving hemlocks on land over which MCTGA has stewardship.

The event was held in a restaurant called "61 Main" located at 49 South Main Street in Jasper.  Thirty MCTGA members were in attendance.

Mon., Dec. 16, 2019
 

Kickoff Meeting for Appalachian Trail Hemlock Treatment Project:     Representatives of SGH and the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club met with USFS District Ranger Andy Baker to formally initiate a joint GATC-SGH project to treat hemlocks along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.  The outcomes included:

- agreement on underlying principles for the project and each organization's roles and responsibilities,
- formulation of a "wish list" of trail sections to be considered for hemlock treatment,
- decisions regarding basic parameters of the project,
- a list of tasks to be completed prior to project start (hopefully mid-February), and
- a high-level preview of how the project coordination and execution will actually go.  

This meeting was held at the Blue Ridge District office in Blairsville.  The next one will be scheduled for mid-January and hopefully will provide USFS approvals for the requested trail sections. 

Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

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

Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

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.

Mon., Jan 6

Appalachian Trail scouting trip: Members of SGH and the Georgian Appalachian Trail Club scouted the section of the AT that is included in the current Blackwell Creek HCA to be used as a practice project during the Jan. 25 Facilitator training class.  Another secondary goal is to scout the adjoining sections of the trail for hemlocks to be included in a possible expansion of the current HCA or creation of a new HCA.

Location to meet was the old Tritt's Store at the intersection of Hwy 60 and Cooper Gap Rd.

Sun, Jan. 12
 

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting:  This meeting served as the kick-off for what promises to be a very busy and productive year in 2020.   Click here for the meeting agenda.  Meeting notes will be posted soon.

The location was the home of Donna Shearer, 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega, GA  30533.

Mon., Jan. 20 
 

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., Jan. 25
 

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH offered a combination training and treatment event for Georgia Appalachian Trail Club members who are interested in helping to treat the hemlocks along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.  Eleven new Facilitators were trained, and five were refreshed.

The content included the knowledge and skills presented in our standard Facilitator training but was customized to focus on the particular application protocol approved by the U. S. Forest Service for use by volunteers on the AT hemlock treatment project.  After class, everyone went out for a brief treatment project to practice the technique of applying Imidacloprid by dry tablets.  Click here for the combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - AT.  

The classroom portion of the training was held at the Dahlonega Chamber / Visitors Center, and the hands-on portion took place on Blackwell Creek at the AT crossing. 

Sun., Jan. 26
 

SGH sapling rescue/potting project:  SGH and a group of 8 other volunteers from Athens, AL conducted a sapling rescue and potting project at Cloudland Canyon.   Following a short customized training session, the group and its youth leader Rio de Graffenried went to the Daniel Creek area and rescued 17 small saplings that were not included in the park's HWA treatment program.  The little trees were brought back to the Interpretive Center where they were potted, treated for HWA, and then taken back to Alabama to be shared with their community.

Cloudland Canyon is located on GA Hwy 136 in Dade County.

Sun., Feb. 2

Paddling for hemlocks -- EXPERT PADDLERS NEEDED:  SGH in partnership with the Georgia Canoeing Association (GCA) with mentoring from the Asheville-based Paddlers for Hemlock Health Action Taskforce (PHHAT) is launching a new initiative to engage experienced whitewater paddlers in treating hemlock trees along Georgia waterways where the trees are more accessible from the water than the land. 

The first step was a training class today for individuals willing to serve as future team leaders to teach them the treatment process.  Using safety practices approved by the GCA and hemlock treatment protocols approved by the Georgia DNR, treatment will consist of inserting dry CoreTect tablets containing Imidacloprid around the base of the trees on state lands where we have permission to treat.  

The classroom portion of the training was held at Young Harris College, Maxwell Center, Room 107, followed by a hands-on session during which the newly trained volunteers practiced treating a few trees on campus.  A pilot project on the Cartecay River is scheduled for March 7.

Fri., Feb. 21

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.  You can adopt hemlock saplings from SGH or order other 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. 21
3:30 p.m. 

Hemlock planting in celebration of Arbor Day:  In partnership with the City of Jasper, SGH planted three hemlock saplings in Lee Newton Park and gave a brief talk about the importance of hemlocks, what's happening to them, and what citizens can do to save them.  Attendees included Jasper Mayor Steve Lawrence, City Manager Brandon Douglas, City Council members Kirk Raffield and Sonny Proctor, SGH Facilitators Jim Heilman and Donnie Low, and others.

It was also announced that between now and the end of the year, SGH will be accepting donations from anyone who would like to symbolically adopt a hemlock sapling for a large-scale planting project in the park on Arbor Day 2021; this program was conceived by Donnie Low.  To make such a donation, please download and print the Hemlock Adoption Form and mail it with your check to the address listed on the form (or just mark your check "Hemlock adoption for Jasper").  Donors who fill out the form may also indicate whether they would like to be recognized in the local newspaper in conjunction with next year's event.

Lee Newton Park is located at 599 Stegall Dr, Jasper, GA 30143.  

Sun., Feb. 23

POSTPONED, awaiting Forest Service approval for project.
SGH-GATC hemlock treatment project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will treat approximately 180 trees in a newly added HCA on Blackwell Creek between Dahlonega and Suches.  Click here for Project Details and meeting place.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Donna at donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org or 706-429-8010 and provide both your phone number and email address.

Sat., Feb. 29

Hemlock restoration project at Rocky Flats:  SGH in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, U. S. Forest Service, Georgia Forest Watch, and volunteers from Dalton State College and North Georgia University conducted a project to plant 2 dozen large hemlock saplings around the new bridge and bottomless culvert that has been built on the Rocky Flats OHV Trail where it crosses Mill Creek in Murray County.  And in keeping with our expanded mission for hemlock habitat, the 29 volunteers also installed 54 additional native trees and shrubs -- including oak, red maple, sycamore, chokeberry, witch-hazel, leucothoe (dog hobble), and silky willow -- to stabilize the stream bank and achieve a natural forest look.   Click here for Project Details.

We met at the Triple C Market #2 / Sunoco Station, 6110 US-411 in Eton, just north of Chatsworth, and then carpooled to the work site at Rocky Flats OHV Trail.  

Sat., Mar. 7

SGH-GCA Paddling for Hemlocks treatment project:  Twenty-one experienced paddlers came out for our first joint SGH-GCA outing under this program.   With the river running high, they treated 129 hemlocks along the Cartecay River where it runs through the DNR Wildlife Management Area in Ellijay.  To prevent any risk of treatment chemical getting into the river, the treatment was done by inserting dry CoreTect tablets containing Imidacloprid into the soil at the base of each tree, and this should provide protection against the woolly adelgids for five more years.   Click here for Project Details.

Thanks to Dave Teffeteller, Dan MacIntyre, and Alex Harvey for getting this program off to a great start; to Jonathan Micancin, Brannen Proctor, Charlie Swor, Jim Unger, and Suzanne Welander for serving as paddling team leaders today; and to all the other volunteers for the good work preserving the hemlocks along a beautiful stretch of the Cartecay.

Sun., Mar. 8

POSTPONED, awaiting Forest Service approval for project.
SGH-GATC hemlock treatment project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will treat approximately 180 trees in a newly added HCA along the Appalachian Trail.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Donna at donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org or 706-429-8010 and provide both your phone number and email address.

Fri., Mar. 20

POSTPONED -- rescheduled for virtual class on September 26.
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Rabun & Towns Counties:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class will be taught on-line, and registration is required.  To register and receive your sign-in instructions, call 706-429-8010 or email donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org no later than noon on Friday, September 25  and provide both your phone number and email address.

Sat., 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'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.

Sat., Mar. 21

 

 

POSTPONED -- rescheduled for September 19.
SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project in Three Forks -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will continue the project  begun during our Hike & Help the Hemlocks last November to finish treating or retreating approximately 120 hemlocks on Chester Creek, Upper Noontootla, and Long Creek in the Three Forks area.  Click here for Project Details and maps.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address.

Sun., Mar. 22
 

POSTPONED -- conducted in virtual class on August 8.  
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop in White County:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Mon., Mar. 23
 

POSTPONED -- conducted in virtual class on June 6.
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop in Pickens County:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Wed, Mar. 25
 

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH sapling rescue and potting project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  SGH and Project Chimps will partner to rescue 100 - 200 hemlock saplings on their campus, pot, and treat them for HWA protection.  The plan is that Project Chimps will maintain the little trees in a nursery setting on their property for 6 to 12 months and then decide how they will be used.  Click here for Project Details and maps.   

Project Chimps is located at 2013 Lowery Rd. in Morganton.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address.

Thurs, Mar. 26
 

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic for Master Naturalists:
  SGH will present a 1-hour Hemlock Help Clinic to the Upstate Master Naturalists of South Carolina.  It will provide  detailed information on the hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, why timely action is vital, options property owners have for saving their own trees, and opportunities for volunteers to help save the trees on public lands.   After class, the group will go to a nearby location for a short treatment project.

The location will be the Oconee County History Museum, 123 Browns Square Dr.  in Walhalla, SC. 

Sat., Mar. 28
 

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH -DNR hemlock treatment project at Smithgall Woods -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED :
  SGH will partner with the DNR, Friends of the Park, and other community members to treat a large number of hemlock trees in the park.  Following a project overview and safety briefing, volunteers will work in small teams to treat or retreat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  The trees should be easy to find as they will already have been flagged with their DBH written on the flagging tape.  We'll pause at mid-day to eat our sack lunches and then resume work until finished or 3 p.m., whichever comes first.   Click here for the Project Details.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address.

 Sat., Apr. 4
 

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH-TU hemlock restoration project on the Soque River -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  SGH in partnership with the Savannah River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will conduct a project to plant several dozen hemlock saplings along one of their favorite fishing sections of the Soque River in Habersham County.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address.

 Sun., Apr. 5
 

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  This meeting was conducted by teleconference and focused on a review of the first quarter accomplishments and planning for second quarter activities and beyond. 

Click here for the Meeting Agenda and the Meeting Notes.

 Wed., Apr. 8
 

POSTPONED -- rescheduled for virtual class on September 26 & October 3.  
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Union & Towns Counties:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class will be taught on-line, and registration is required.  To register and receive your sign-in instructions, call 706-429-8010 or email donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org no later than noon on Friday, September 25 or Friday, October 2  and provide both your phone number and email address.

Fri., Apr. 10

POSTPONED -- rescheduled for virtual class on September 12.  
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Cherokee & Gordon Counties:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Class will be taught on-line, and registration is required.  To register and receive your sign-in instructions, call 706-429-8010 or email donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org no later than noon on Friday, September 11  and provide both your phone number and email address. 

 Sat., Apr. 11
 

POSTPONED -- rescheduled for August 1.  
SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Lake Winfield Scott --
 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be retreating 84 trees in the beach area and may add more trees for treatment.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address.

 Sat., Apr. 18
and
Sun., Apr. 19

CANCELED. 
Bear on the Square:
  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.

Wed., 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.

 Wed., Apr. 22
 

POSTPONED -- rescheduled for virtual class on October 3 & 17.  
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop in Fannin County:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Sat., Apr. 25

CANCELED.  
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.  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 be available for adoption.

Sun., Apr. 26

POSTPONED, awaiting Forest Service approval for project.
SGH-GATC hemlock treatment project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will treat approximately 180 trees in a newly added HCA along the Appalachian Trail.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Donna at donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org or 706-429-8010 and provide both your phone number and email address.

Sat., May 2
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

 

 

CANCELED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH hemlock treatment project at YMCA Camp High Harbour -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will be retreating approximately 200 trees that were last treated in November 2013. 

The location will be Camp High Harbour, 685 Camp Harbor Rd., Clayton, GA 30525.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address.

Sun., May 3
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

POSTPONED, awaiting Forest Service approval for project.
SGH-GATC hemlock treatment project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will treat approximately 180 trees in a newly added HCA along the Appalachian Trail.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Donna at donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org or 706-429-8010 and provide both your phone number and email address.

 Sat., May 9
10 a.m.  - 3 p.m.
 

POSTPONED -- rescheduled for October 17.  
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Lumpkin & Dawson Counties:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Wed, May 13
10 a.m.  - 3 p.m.
 

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH hemlock treatment project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  SGH and Project Chimps will partner to continue the hemlock protection program that was begun last year.  The plan is to treat another 200+/- trees at the chimp sanctuary.

Project Chimps is located at 2013 Lowery Rd. in Morganton.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address. 

Sun., May 17

 

 

CANCELED.  Hope for next year!  
SGH HEMLOCK CAMP MEETING & PICNIC

WHAT:  Save Georgia’s Hemlocks Annual Hemlock Camp Meeting and Picnic-- a "gathering of kindred spirits to celebrate and preserve the magnificent hemlock"

THIS YEAR'S THEME:  A day of appreciation and inspiration for our volunteers and partners.

WHERE:  ETC Pavilion on Legion Rd.  in Ellijay

FEATURES:  Keynote speakers, music, barbecue from Poole's plus everyone's potluck covered dishes to share, educational materials and experts on hand, introduction to some new initiatives we think you'll be interested in, raffle of some very cool items, and an opportunity to visit with old and new friends who share your interest in protecting the beauty and health of the natural resources we all enjoy.

 Wed., May 20
 

POSTPONED -- rescheduled for virtual class on August 29.  
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Murray & Whitfield Counties:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Sat., May 23
and
Sun., May 24

CANCELED. 
Blue Ridge Arts 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.

Sun., May 24

CANCELED.
Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting in Lakemont
:  SGH will have an educational exhibit and have volunteers on hand to provide information about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, the invasive insect that's killing them, why timely action is vital, options property owners have for saving their own trees, and opportunities for volunteers to help save the trees on public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

Sat., June 6

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 6
 

Hemlock Day at Anna Ruby Falls:  In celebration of National Trails Day, SGH had an education station 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.   Due to group limitations in compliance with CDC pandemic guidelines, attendance was lower than usual, but we still had about 40 visitors to our booth and got 4 healthy hemlock saplings adopted.

The location was the Anna Ruby Falls Visitors Center, 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd. near Helen.   

 Sat., June 6
 

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Pickens County:  Five new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

The class was conducted on-line, and a hands-on demo / practice session was held a few days later.

Sun., June 7

POSTPONED, awaiting Forest Service approval for project.
SGH-GATC hemlock treatment project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will treat approximately 180 trees in a newly added HCA along the Appalachian Trail.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Donna at donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org or 706-429-8010 and provide both your phone number and email address.

 Sat., June 13
 

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Dade & Walker Counties:  Two new Facilitators were trained and one was refreshed in this class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

The class was conducted on-line, and a hands-on demo / practice session was held a few days later.

 Sat., June 27
 

SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at High Shoals and Corbin Creek:  Eight volunteers retreated 76 trees at these two sites in Towns County that were last treated in 2008.  This was our first group outing since the coronavirus pandemic began, and we found we were able to operate safely under CDC and USFS guidelines.  Click here for Project Details and driving maps.

Sat., 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.  

 

 Sun., July 12
 

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting:  This meeting focused on a review of the second quarter accomplishments and plans for third quarter activities.  Click here for the agenda.   The meeting was conducted virtually using ZOOM.  Click here for the meeting notes.

 Sat., July 18
 

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Upper Chattahoochee River Campground --
LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will be retreating approximately 180 trees in 3 sites on this HCA near Helen in White County.  Project details and maps will be posted soon.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address. 

 Tues., July 21

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Bob Creek --
 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be retreating a small number of trees on this site to complete the project begun in August of last year and may add more trees for treatment.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address. 

 Sat, Aug. 1
 

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Lake Winfield Scott  -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be retreating approximately 85 trees at the LWS beach area near Suches in Union County and may add more trees for treatment.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address. 

 Sat., Aug. 8

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for White, Lumpkin & Habersham Counties:  Two new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

The class was conducted on-line, and a hands-on demo / practice session will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Sat., Aug. 22

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Union, Towns & White Counties:  Five new Facilitators were trained in this class designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

The class was conducted on-line, and a hands-on demo / practice session will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Tues, Aug. 25
 

POSTPONED -- will be rescheduled in 2021.  
SGH USFS hemlock treatment project at Swallow Creek, Falls Branch/, and Scataway  --
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  We will be retreating approximately 80 trees on these sites near Hiawassee in Towns County and may add more trees for treatment.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address. 

Sat., Aug. 29

CANCELED.
SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Murray, Whitfield, Walker & Dade Counties:
  This class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

 Sun., Sept. 6
 

CANCELED.  
Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting in Lakemont
:  SGH will have an educational exhibit and have volunteers on hand to provide information about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, the invasive insect that's killing them, why timely action is vital, options property owners have for saving their own trees, and opportunities for volunteers to help save the trees on public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

Mon., Sept. 7 
 

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. 12

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Cherokee, Gordon & Pickens Counties:  One new Facilitator was trained in this class designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

The class was conducted on-line, and a hands-on demo / practice session will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Sat., Sept. 12 &
Sun., Sept. 13 
 

Trail Fest -- SGH had a virtual booth at this 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.   To visit our virtual booth, click here.

 Sat., Sept. 19

POSTPONED - will be rescheduled in 2021.
SGH USFS hemlock treatment project in the Three Forks Area
-- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be retreating approximately 120 trees at Chester Creek, Upper Noontootla, and Long Creek near Blue Ridge in Fannin County and may add more trees for treatment.  Project details and maps will be posted when available.

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address. 

Sat., Sept. 26 
 

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. 26

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Rabun, Towns & Habersham Counties:  Three new Facilitators were trained in this class is designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

Class will be taught on-line, and registration is required.  To register and receive your sign-in instructions, call 706-429-8010 or email donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org no later than noon on Friday, Sept. 25  and provide both your phone number and email address. 

Sat., Oct. 3 
 

Sapling Rescue & Potting Project:  SGH supported an Eagle Scout candidate on a project he led in the Dahlonega area to rescue and pot hemlock saplings for future use on hemlock restoration projects on trout streams, offering for adoption at a festival, or donation to a school to plant along a woodland path on their campus.  Ten scouts and four scouting adults rescued, potted, and treated 33 lovely little saplings.  Good job, everyone!  And big thanks to Bill Tinkler for his generosity in allowing us to rescue the little trees on his property!

Sat., Oct. 3 
 

CANCELED.  
Foxfire Mountaineer Festival -- BOOTH VOLUNTEERS 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. 

Sat., Oct. 3 &
Sun., Oct. 4
 

CANCELED.  
Georgia Marble Festival
:   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. 

Sat., Oct. 10
and
Sun., Oct. 11
 

CANCELED.  
Blue Ridge Arts 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.

Sat., Oct. 17

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Gilmer, Fannin & Lumpkin Counties:  Four new Facilitator were trained and one was refreshed in this class designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

Class was taught on-line, and the new Facilitators participated in a small demo / hands-on training session the following week, operating under CDC pandemic guidelines.

 Sat., Oct. 17

CANCELED.  
Georgia Mountains Beer Fest at Gibbs Gardens:  SGH will have a booth at this festival 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.

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

Sat., Oct. 24

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop for Union, Habersham, Hall & Dawson Counties:  One new Facilitator was trained in this class designed for people who want both understanding and practical knowledge and skills related to the hemlock problem:
* An overview of the importance of hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and options property owners have for saving their trees.  
* 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 combined Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline - virtual.

Class was taught on-line, and the new Facilitators participated in a small demo / hands-on training session the next day, operating under CDC pandemic guidelines.

Sat., Oct. 24 
 

Sapling Rescue & Potting Project:  SGH supported an Eagle Scout candidate on a project he led in Ellijay.  Five Scouts and two scouting adults  rescued, potted, and treated 47 hemlock saplings for future use on hemlock restoration projects on trout streams, offering for adoption at a festival, or donation to a school to plant along a woodland path on their campus.

Mon., Oct. 26
 

Hemlock restoration project on Jacks River:  Ten volunteers from SGH, Georgia ForestWatch, and the U. S. Forest Service (operating under CDC pandemic guidelines) conducted a project to plant 2 dozen hemlock saplings in and around a user-created camp site that has become a bad source of sedimentation into the river at a  very important area for federally listed fish and mussels.   The Forest Service has been working on re-directing the runoff from the gravel road and has seeded the area, but they asked our help to plant trees in it along with other efforts to discourage  use.

Click here for Project Details and a map/directions to the meeting place. 

Sun., Nov. 1
 

SGH Leadership Team fall meeting:  This meeting focused on a review of our third quarter accomplishments, considering activities through the end of the year, and previewing plans for FY 2021.  The meeting was conducted virtually using ZOOM. 

Click here for the agenda and the meeting notes

Fri., Nov 13 –
Sun., Nov. 15
 

Hornaday Conservation Weekend This annual event sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to Scouts' conservation and learning while working toward earning the William T. Hornaday Awards.   SGH had an education station to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, and how Scouts can plan and execute several types of hemlock conservation projects leading to merit badges, Eagle Scout rank, and/or Hornaday Awards.   We had an estimated 40 contacts at this year's event.

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

Sat., Nov. 21
 

POSTPONED - will be rescheduled in 2021.
HIKE & HELP THE HEMLOCKS at Fall Branch Falls:    Continuing a longstanding tradition, SGH and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) will partner for our annual Hike & Help the Hemlocks, an education and service event to save the hemlocks from the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid.  We're also inviting other partners to join us, including Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, and The Nature Conservancy.  An invitation flyer, project details and maps will be posted here when available. 

Following a short orientation and safety briefing, volunteers will work together in small teams to treat or retreat approximate 170 trees along the Benton MacKaye Trail at Fall Branch Falls near Cherry Log in Gilmer County.  Participants will not only be helping to save those trees but will also have the opportunity to learn how to treat their own hemlocks (if they don't already know).  We're planning a catered picnic lunch at 1:00, with several lunch-and-learn presentations and a time to get to know other participants who share a love of the outdoors.  The weather should be cool and crispy, the scenery lovely, the work rewarding, and the company great! 

Registration is required.  To sign up, contact Kim at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and provide both your phone number and email address. 

 Thurs., Nov. 26
 

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!


 

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