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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sun., Nov. 4, 2018

Schedule of Events

The calendar below shows the SGH presentations, training, service projects, and fairs/festivals that are scheduled so far for FY 2018 (December 1, 2017 - November 30, 2018).  We are in the process of planning our educational events and service projects for the year and will post that information here as each one is scheduled.

Presentations and Training:  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 will continue our partnership with the U. S. Forest Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to treat hemlocks on public lands and will undertake additional hemlock treatment projects for other nonprofits, public land managers, and private property owners whenever we can.  We will also conduct projects to rescue hemlock saplings and seedlings, restore hemlocks along trout streams, and create new hemlock field insectaries or augment 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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Scheduled Events for FY 2018

Sat., Sept. 22
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

SGH hemlock training in Union County:  This volunteer training class is intended 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 course description & outline.

The location is Union County Library, 303 Hunt-Martin St., Blairsville.

Registration is required.  For registration and full details, contact Kim Wood at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313, and be sure to provide both your phone number and email address.  CEUs are available.

Sat., Sept. 29

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. 29

Your State Parks Day:  On this day, there will be many events throughout the state to celebrate and enjoy our Georgia state parks. SGH will have a booth at the celebration at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn (Dade County), Georgia 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 of Cloudland Canyon State Park is 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738.

Sat., Sept. 29

Sapling Rescue Project:  SGH will support Life Scout Everett Reynolds and his troop in accomplishing his Eagle Scout project to rescue and pot approximately 100 healthy hemlock saplings.  The event will take place on a Rabun County property whose owner has graciously given his permission.  Once the little trees are potted, they will be treated to protect them from the hemlock woolly adelgid and then held in a nursery setting for 6 to 12 months, after which they will be available for adoption, donation to nonprofits, or reforestation projects.

Sat., Oct. 6
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival:  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 be available for adoption.

The location is the Rabun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah St., Clayton, GA 30525.

Sat., Oct. 6 &
Sun., Oct. 7
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
both days
 

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 be available for adoption.

The location is Lee Newton Memorial Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper, GA  30143.

Sat., Oct. 6 &
Sun., Oct. 7
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
both days
 

Indian Summer Festival:  SGH will have a booth at this event in Jasper to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location is Woody Gap School,  2331 State Hwy 60 Suches, GA 30572.

Sat., Oct. 13
 

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to complete the hemlock treatment project that was begun on September 15 at Raven Cliffs Trailhead in  White County.  

The area is located at 3000 Richard Russell Hwy near Helen.  Where to meet and other project details will be posted here as soon as available.

Registration is required.  For registration and full details, contact Chris Disser at 678-978-6380 or christinadisser@gmail.com,  and be sure to provide both your phone number and email address.

Fri., Oct. 19
Noon - 12:30 p.m.

SGH Presentation to Cherokee County Master Naturalists:  This class will provide  an overview of the importance of the hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and the opportunities available through Save Georgia's Hemlocks to help save them on both public and private land.

The location is the Cherokee County Government Bldg, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Ste G45, Canton, GA 30114.

 

Sat., Oct. 20
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH hemlock training in Habersham County:  This volunteer training class is intended 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 course description & outline.

The location is Habersham County Extension Service, 555 Monroe St., Clarkesville.

Registration is required.  For full details and registration, contact Kim Wood at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and be sure to provide both your phone number and email address.  CEUs are available.

Sat., Oct. 20
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Georgia Mountains Brew 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 be available for adoption.

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

Sat., Oct. 27
2 - 3 p.m.
 

SGH Presentation to Friends of the Library and the general public in Hayesville, NC:  This class will provide  an overview of the importance of the hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, options property owners have for saving their trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Click here for Clinic description and outline.

The location is Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson St, Hayesville, NC 28904.

Sun., Nov. 4
1 - 5 p.m.

SGH Leadership Team fall meeting:  All Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, and other interested parties are invited to participate in this quarterly meeting.  An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

The location is the home of Donna Shearer, 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega.

Sat., Nov. 10
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

SGH hemlock training for Murray & Whitfield Counties:  This volunteer training class is intended 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 course description & outline.

The location is Murray County Agriculture Center, 1100 Green Rd, Chatsworth.

Registration is required.  For full details and registration, contact Kim Wood at kimberlyraewood@gmail.com or 706-455-2313 and be sure to provide both your phone number and email address.  CEUs are available.

Thurs., Nov. 22

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 2018

Saturday, Dec. 2

Kris Kringle Mountain Market:  SGH had a booth arts and crafts festival in Blairsville to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  We had about 75 visitors to our booth and got 8 healthy hemlock saplings adopted into new homes.

Thanks to Kim Wood and Peggy Reigh for staffing our booth.

Saturday, Dec. 2
 

SGH hemlock treatment at Old Clarkesville Cemetery Allen Hughes and Scout Troop 40 from Mountain City, GA chose the treatment of the valuable old hemlock trees (29 big ones!) at this site for his Eagle Scout project, in partnership with Save Georgia's Hemlocks.  Several members of the community stopped by to observe the Scouts in action and thank them for their good work.  A report will be posted here shortly.

Big thanks to Bob Pledger for his leadership and to the other volunteers for your support of this Eagle Scout project.

Wednesday, Dec. 6
 

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project at Panther Creek South in Stephens County.   After a short orientation and safety briefing, 9 volunteers worked in teams to treat or retreat approximately 65 trees in an area where some sensitive native plants grow under the hemlock canopy.  The treatment had to be done during the winter when the plants are underground and safe from foot traffic. 

Thanks to Bob Pledger for his leadership and to all the volunteers for their great work!!!  The terrain was quite steep, and the ground was wet and slippery, but we had a hardy crew determined to get it done.  And we had fun doing it! 

Thursday, Dec. 7
 

The Nature Conservancy held an important meeting to gather ideas from various agencies and organizations that share an interest in the health of our forests and waterways and to begin planning for 2018.  Click here for the meeting notes provided by TNC.  SGH members Frank and Linda Gheesling, who represented us at the gathering, will also share their take-aways at our Leadership Team winter meeting in January.

Thursday, Jan. 11

Yonah Mountain PreserveA meeting took place between White County and SGH to plan a project to treat the hemlocks at Yonah Preserve this spring.  The formal proposal will be posted here as soon as it receives final approval from White County and the DNR.  We will be seeking participation from other local conservation and recreation organizations.  Stay tuned.

Mon., Jan. 15

Martin Luther King Day of Service

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

Sun., Jan. 21

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting:  This meeting served as the kick-off for what promises to be a very busy and productive year in 2018.  Click here for the meeting agenda.  Meeting notes will be posted soon.

Mon., Jan. 22

SGH Clinic & Facilitator Training in Sky Valley, Rabun County:  Four new volunteer Facilitators from The Nature Conservancy were trained at 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.

Mon., Feb. 12

 

SGH Hemlock Lesson SGH presented a lesson to 25 Environmental Science students at North Forsyth High School to raise awareness of the hemlock crisis, why it matters for the future, and young people can do to make a significance difference for the health of the environment.

The location was North Forsyth High School, 3635 Coal Mountain Dr, Cumming, GA 30028.

Wed., Feb. 14 &
Thurs., Feb 15

 

USFS Landscape Foothills Collaboration Workshops:  The U. S. Forest Service held two meetings in Dahlonega to focus on the input received from the community conversations series that ended on December 22, 2017 and lay the foundation for the alternatives that will be brought forward for environmental effects analysis. 

Fri., Feb. 16

Arbor Day in GeorgiaThis 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 gives everyone an opportunity to learn about the benefits trees provide to communities.  You can also order 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.

Thurs., Feb. 22

 

USFS collaborative public meeting on hemlock conservation:  SGH participated in a meeting sponsored by the U. S. Forest Service to discuss a project proposal for the conservation of hemlocks in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District.    The meeting was held at the district office in Mountain Rest, SC.

Sat., Mar. 3

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  Nine volunteers, led by project manager Bob Pledger, treated or retreated 202 trees at the Tallulah River Campground in a period of approximately 5 hours.  Click here for Project Details.

Bob sent everyone a heartfelt thank-you email  saying, "The USFS and SGH greatly appreciate your voluntary participation in the Tallulah River Campground hemlock treatment project on March 3rd.   I hope each of you will consider volunteering for future treatment projects this year.  It was a pleasure to work with all of you, and you can be proud of your accomplishments."

Sat., Mar. 3

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic & Facilitator Training Workshop in White County:  Seven new volunteer 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.

At the end of class, the newly trained Facilitators signed up to help at various service and educational events.  Thanks everyone!!!  The location was Building C in Unicoi State Park near Helen.

Sat., Mar. 3

Presentation to Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA):   SGH gave a presentation on  "Engaging youth to save endangered hemlocks"  at Unicoi State Park.

Educators learned about ways to inform young people and their families of an impending environmental disaster and ways to engage youth in conservation efforts to save a vital native tree species, the hemlock, from nearly total destruction.  The lesson was designed such that the approaches and disciplines presented could be applied to a wide variety of environmental education subject areas.

A scripted copy of the presentation was provided to those who attended.

Wed., Mar. 7

 

Rescheduled from
Feb. 28 due to rain

Hemlock Sapling Planting at West Fannin Elementary, Blue Ridge:  SGH donated a dozen healthy hemlock saplings and led a planting project with a class of 4th graders.  Following a short discussion about the importance of preserving these beautiful trees, the students planted them along a nature trail on campus where they can nurture and enjoy them for years to come.

Big thanks to Peggy Reich, Chris Curtin, teacher Mary Jean Pace, Sally & Jim Crawford, and Grace Thomas -- and of course the kids!!!

Thurs., Mar. 8

SGH Hemlock Lesson at Chestatee Academy, Gainesville:  SGH gave a presentation to members of the GIRLS (Girls in Real Life Science) club about the importance of the hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, and ways young people can help save the trees.

Fri., Mar. 9

Hemlock sapling planting at Chestatee Academy, Gainesville:  SGH led an activity with 30 members of the GIRLS (Girls in Real Life Science) club to plant 9 donated hemlock saplings on their campus where they can nurture and enjoy them for years to come.

Thanks to Carrie Jane Sparks for arranging this event.

Sat., Mar. 10

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic in Walhalla, SC: SGH gave a special presentation for 23 Master Naturalists and others interested in saving the hemlocks.  It provided  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.  

Thanks to Carolyn Dawson for sponsoring this event.

Tues., Mar. 13

Hemlock Treatment Project at Yonah Preserve:  Fourteen volunteers from the Yonah Mountain Pickleball Club, SGH, and the community at large to treat 116 hemlocks in Yonah Preserve near Cleveland, where a series of biking and hiking trails is being developed.  The project location was near a small waterfall and shoals along Turner Creek north of the reservoir.  Click here for Project Details.  

Big thanks to Billy Johnson for his leadership and to all the volunteers for their great work!!!

Wed., Mar. 14

Presentation to Achasta Garden Club:  SGH gave a special presentation about the hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing the trees, what property owners can do to save their trees, and why it's so important to do so.  

Sat., Mar. 17
 

Hemlock Treatment Project at Camp Rainey Mountain:  Five experienced SGH volunteers worked with 42 Scouts, Order of the Arrow candidates, adult Scout Leaders, and other
volunteers  to treat or retreat 223 hemlocks in 9 separate areas of this Boy Scout Camp in Rabun County.   Eight teams applied Imidacloprid to the trees by soil injection to give them another five years of protection against the hemlock woolly adelgid.  Click here for Project Details.

Big thanks to Bob Pledger for his leadership, Ed Brown for helping to arrange this project on behalf of BSA, and to all the volunteers for their great work!!!  The Camp provided a delicious lunch to all the volunteers at midday, and everyone came away with the satisfaction of having done good work for an important cause at this very special BSA venue.  

Mon., Mar. 19

SGH presentation:  SGH volunteers Jim and Peggy Reich gave a presentation to a dozen members of  Young Farmers of America in Fannin County 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.

Wed., 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're concerned about the hemlocks in our forests, please read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on how you can help.

Wed., Mar. 21

SGH presentation to Skylake Community property owners association near Helen. 

Thurs., Mar. 22

World Water Day is an international observance started in 1993 by the United Nations.  The annual 'themed' day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

This year World Water Day falls on March 22, 2018, and the theme is "Nature for Water."  It seems a very appropriate choice because of the water challenges occurring globally.  This year's theme explores how nature can be used to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

Climate change and environmental damage are driving the globe's water-related crises - including floods, drought. and water pollution, all made worse by degradation of our soil, vegetation, rivers, and lakes.   This situation puts great stress on water sustainability at every level of human existence.

Thurs., Mar. 22

and

Fri., Mar. 23

 

SGH sapling project in Skylake, Sautee Nacoochee:  Three volunteers participated in this project to rescue and pot 15 small and medium saplings for future adoption.

and

SGH sapling project near Goose Island, Cherry Log -- Two volunteers participated in this project to rescue and pot 22 medium and large saplings for future reforestation projects.

Wed., Mar. 28

SGH sapling project in Dahlonega -- Two volunteers participated in this project to rescue and pot 20 small and medium saplings for future adoption.

Fri., Mar. 30

SGH hemlock treatment project in Cherry Log:  Six volunteers from SGH and the local community worked to  treat or retreat hemlocks in the Laurel Ridge neighborhood.   This project, led by Derrick Morris, was a continuation of one begun in November 2016.  Additional treatment days will be scheduled this spring, summer and fall to complete treatment of all the hemlocks in the project area.  

Big thanks to Derrick Morris for his leadership and to all our volunteers for their great work!!!  Stay tuned for more opportunities to save trees!

Sat., Mar. 31

SGH-DNR hemlock treatment project at Smithgall Woods:  Fourteen volunteers from Friends of Smithgall Woods and SGH worked with DNR staff to treat or retreat 311 hemlocks in the park.  It was a fun and very productive day  in the woods, and everyone went home with the satisfaction of having helped save this beautiful natural resource. 

Big thanks to Billy Johnson, Ed McLean, Ralph & Alice Carey, Danny Stephens, Tom Hennigan, and others from Friends of the park!!!

Thurs., Apr. 5

SGH sapling project in Dahlonega -- Three volunteers participated in this project to rescue and pot 28 medium-sized hemlock saplings that will be used for future restoration projects, educational events, or adoption.

Sun., Apr. 8

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:   Fourteen Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, Program Managers, and other key volunteers participated in this quarterly meeting.  Click here for the Meeting Notes.

Tues., Apr. 10

SGH hemlock training in Chatsworth:   SGH conducted a customized training class for 5 U. S. Army Corps of Engineers staff members who will be doing hemlock treatment / retreatment at Carters Lake.  Click here for the customized Clinic & Facilitator Training description and outline.

Sat., Apr. 14

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  Twenty-one volunteers came out to treat or retreat approximately 269 trees at the Tate Branch Campground and Sandy Bottoms Campground in the Tallulah River area of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Towns County.  They worked in five teams consisting of both experienced Facilitators and newbies, including several UNG students who earned service credits for their Environmental Science class.  Click here for Project Details.

Big thanks to Bob Pledger for his leadership and to all our volunteers for their great work!!!  The day went smoothly, and the job was accomplished in very good time. 

Mon., Apr. 16

SGH hemlock training in Walhalla, SC:  Seven new volunteer 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 course description and outline customized for South Carolina.

At the end of class, the newly trained Facilitators signed up to help at various service and educational events.  Then everyone proceeded to two nearby properties and gave charitable treatment of approximately 20 hemlocks to practice what they learned while providing service.    This group will form the core of a volunteer group in the Walhalla / Clemson area.  For more information on how others can get involved, please contact Clemson Cooperative Extension Agent Carolyn Dawson at dawson4@clemson.edu or 864-638-5889 x 115.  Special thanks to Carolyn Dawson and David Hedden for arranging this class and treatment project.

Sat., Apr. 21

Hamilton Gardens Earth Day Expo:  SGH had a booth at this event in Hiawassee 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.  An estimated 75 visitors came to our information table, and several people indicated they were interested in training or volunteer events.

Big thanks to Jerri Lyn Forrester, John Howell, Kirk and Julia Denham for staffing our booth.  The location was Hamilton Gardens, Highway 76, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee.

Sun., 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.

Sat., Apr. 21 &
Sun., Apr. 22
(second day rained out)

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival:  SGH had a booth at this fun family-friendly 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.   Approximately 100 visitors came to our booth, and 16 healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

Big thanks to Darrell and his family, Sandy Boyle, and Kim Wood for staffing our booth on Saturday.

Sat., Apr. 28

Trout Fest:  SGH had a booth at this important festival in Blue Ridge to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  In addition, there were 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.   We had an estimated 200 visitors to our booth and found new forever homes for 20 healthy hemlock saplings.

Big thanks to Derrick Morris, Chris Disser, Cynthia Maude, and Kim Wood for staffing our booth!!!

Tues., May 2

SGH sapling project in Ellijay -- Two volunteers participated in this project to rescue and pot 70 hemlock saplings that will be used for future restoration projects, educational events, or adoption.

Fri., May 4

SGH hemlock presentation at the Hike InnSGH volunteer Chris Disser gave a presentation to guests at the Len Foote Hike Inn 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.   Great job, Chris!!!

Sat., May 5

SGH hemlock training in Cherokee County:  Four new volunteer 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.

At the end of class, the newly trained Facilitators signed up to help at various service and educational events.  Thanks everyone!!!  The location was 1st United Methodist Church, library, 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton.

Mon., May 7

SGH hemlock training at Unicoi State Park:  Five people (Unicoi State Park personnel and DNR Americore volunteers) participated in this refresher class to prepare  them to launch a treatment / retreatment project in the park.  Since the trees had already been identified, their current condition assessed, and the treatment product and method chosen, the instruction focused on the details of the treatment process, including the personal and environmental safety aspects and hands-on demo/practice. 

Sat., May 12

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  Thirteen volunteers came out to treat or retreat 136 trees at the Chattooga River Trail on Hwy 28 at the South Carolina/Georgia border and the West Fork Campground off Warwoman Road at 919 Overflow Creek Rd. in Clayton, both in Rabun County.  Click here for Project Details.

Big thanks to Bob Pledger for his leadership and to all the volunteers for your great work!!!  It was a hot muggy day in the woods, but everyone pitched in and got the job done. 

Thurs., May 17

Presentation to Soque River Watershed Association:  SGH gave a presentation to SRWA members 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.  There was also conversation about ways SRWA and SGH can work together on projects of mutual interest.

Big thanks to Chris Disser for giving this presentation!!!   The location was the Clarkesville Library, 178 E Green St. in Clarkesville, GA 30523.

Fri., May 18

Plant Conservation Day:  This global celebration is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and conserving plants for people and the planet.  Plants are the backbone of all life on Earth: they regulate our climate, purify our water, help create rich soils and protect those soils from erosion.

Plants, in their amazing diversity, are also an essential resource for human survival and well-being: they provide food, medicine, shelter, and clothing, and are a source of unending beauty.  Can you imagine what the world would be with without plants?  Click here to learn more about why plants are so important.

Unfortunately, the plants that are vital to people and the planet are facing serious threats in your backyard and around the world.   Click here to learn more about why plants need your help.

There are many ways you can help conserve plants for the planet.  Help raise awareness by celebrating your own Plant Conservation Day, or find out more about how you can make a difference.

Sat., May 19

Endangered Species Day:  Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service observes Endangered Species Day in order to recognize the national conservation effort to protect our nation's endangered species and their habitats.  Click here to learn about the Endangered Species Act and find interesting ways to engage kids, families, youth groups, and educators in this important effort.

Sat., May 26 &
Sun., May 27

Blue Ridge Spring Arts in the Park Festival SGH had a booth 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.   Over the two-day event we had an estimated 520 visitors to our booth and got 46 healthy hemlock saplings adopted.  

Big thanks to David & Cindy Wasileski, Chris Disser, Richard Gann, Chris Curtin, Ray Lorenzi, Derrick Morris, Kim Wood, Greg Simmons, and Libby O'Neill for staffing out booth!!!

Sun., May 27
 

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting:  SGH had an educational exhibit, gave a brief presentation about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, and provided printed hemlock information to property owners. 

Thanks to Bob Pledger and Buz Stone, we were able to share the hemlock message with about 100 people and get new homes for 2 healthy hemlock saplings.

Mon., May 28
 

Memorial Day:    This holiday is observed on the last Monday in May each year to honor all those who have died serving in the United States military.  If you have someone who has served or is currently serving, why not honor them by planting a long-lived tree such as a hemlock.  You can contact the Hemlock Help Cline 706-429-8010 to get a tree as well as the special planting and care instructions.

Sat., June 2

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 2

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  Twenty volunteers helped on this project to treat or retreat 206 trees at the Wildcat Creek Campgrounds #1 Lower and #2 Upper in Rabun County.    The two areas are located at 2726 West Wildcat Rd., Clarkesville, GA and  4208 West Wildcat Rd., Clarkesville, GA, respectively.   Click here for Project Details.

Big thanks to Bob Pledger for his leadership and to all our volunteers for your great work!!!  It was a beautiful day; everyone had a great time working with others who care about protecting our forests; and we even finished earlier than projected. 

Sat., June 2
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SGH hemlock training in Fannin County:  Five new volunteer 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.

At the end of class, the newly trained Facilitators signed up to help at various service and educational events.   Thanks to Derrick Morris for teaching.  The location was Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, 152 Orvin Lance Dr., Blue Ridge.

Sat., June 2
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 

Hemlock Day at Anna Ruby Falls:  In celebration of National Trails Day, SGH had a booth 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.   We had more than 100 visitors to our booth and got 12 h ealthy hemlock saplings adopted.

Big thanks to Billy Johnson, Nadine Craig, and Ezra Bortner for staffing our booth!!!  The location was the Anna Ruby Falls Visitors Center, 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd. near Helen. 

Sat., June 9
 

Yonah "Play for Kids and Hemlocks" Tournament:  The Yonah Mountain Pickleball Club held a half-day tournament and has generously committed to direct part of the proceeds to benefit Save Georgia's Hemlocks.  SGH had an information station at the event 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.   We shared the hemlock message with a couple dozen visitors and had 5 healthy hemlock saplings adopted.  

Everyone had a great time, and we truly appreciate Billy Johnson and the Yonah Mountai Pickleball Clud for giving us this opportunity!!!  The location was White County Parks & Rec, 327 Asbestos Rd., Cleveland. 

Sat., June 16
 

SGH hemlock training for Dade & Walker Counties:  Seven new volunteer 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 course description & outline.

Immediately after class the new trainees and 7 other volunteers participated in a treatment project in the Pioneer Campground area of the park and treated approximately 200 hemlocks.  THANKS EVERYONE FOR A GREAT JOB ON A VERY HOT DAY!

The location was Cloudland Canyon Interpretive Center, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd., Rising Fawn.

Tues., June 19
 

SGH Hemlock Presentation to the Native Plant Society in Greenville, SC:  Sixty people attended this class which provided an overview of the importance of the hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, options property owners have for saving their trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Click here for Clinic description and outline.

The location was Camperdown Academy, 501 Howell Rd., Greenville, SC  29615.

Sat., June 24
 

SGH HEMLOCK CAMP MEETING & PICNIC -- 110 attendees and participants!

WHAT:  Save Georgia’s Hemlocks Annual Hemlock Camp Meeting and Picnic-- a "gathering of kindred spirits to celebrate and preserve the magnificent hemlock"
* Raising public awareness of the hemlock crisis and issuing a call for help,
* Recognizing and thanking our members, volunteers and supporters,
* Learning about progress in the battle to save the trees, the latest scientific research, and ways we can help, and
* Building synergy with other like-minded individuals and groups to care for our forests and waterways

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Dr. Ben Smith, research scholar with the Forest Restoration Alliance at NC State, brought us a timely and interesting message on THE QUEST FOR ADELGID-RESISTANT HEMLOCKS.  Click here to see his slide presentation.

OTHER FEATURES:  Music by guitarist Ed Dowling, barbecue from Smokin' Gold plus everyone's potluck covered dishes to share, educational materials and experts on hand, 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.  Click here to see photos of the event.

WHERE:  The large covered pavilion at Lake Winfield Scott, 439 Lake Winfield Scott Rd., Suches, GA 30572.

Wed., June 27

SGH Presentation to Clay County Master Gardeners in Hayesville, NC:  Thirty people attended this class, which provided  an overview of the importance of the hemlocks, the invasive insect that's killing them, options property owners have for saving their trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Click here for Clinic description and outline.  Five healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

The location was the Cooperative Extension Office, 25 Riverside Circle, Suite 2, Hayesville, NC.

Wed., July 4

Independence Day:  This is a good day to enjoy with your family and friends by doing something good for your community.

 

Thurs., July 12

SGH hemlock treatment project at Camp EvergreenSGH gave a special hemlock presentation to the leadership team of Camp Evergreen near Hemlock Falls in Rabun County and then worked with camp staff to treat 210 hemlocks on the property.

Sat., July 14
(rescheduled from
July 7)

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  Eighteen volunteers came out to treat or retreat approximately 180 trees on West Wildcat Creek road above Wildcat Creek Campground #2 Upper in Rabun County.

The physical location was 4208 West Wildcat Rd., Clarkesville, GA.  Click here for Project Details.

Big thanks to Bob Pledger for his leadership and to all the volunteers for your great work!!!  It was a pleasant day in the woods, and we got the job done in record time.  A special treat was the participation of a Boy Scout leader and 2 Scouts from Roswell troop 1134 in preparation for an Eagle Scout project to be conducted by one of the boys this fall.

Sun., July 15

SGH Leadership Team summer meeting:  All Leadership Team members, Lead Facilitators, and other interested parties are invited to participate in this quarterly meeting.  The agenda focused on 2 subjects: a review of our Hemlock Camp Meeting and plans for treatment projects, training classes, and festivals scheduled for the remainder of the year.  Meeting notes will be posted here shortly.

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

Sat., July 21
 

SGH hemlock training for Lumpkin & Dawson Counties:  Seven new volunteer 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 course description & outline.

The location was Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce / Visitors Center, 13 South Park St. in Dahlonega.

Sat., July 28
 

SGH hemlock training in Hall County Four new volunteer 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 course description & outline.

The location was the Education Hall at Elachee Nature Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville.

Sat., Aug. 4

SGH hemlock training in Gilmer County:  Six new volunteer 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 course description & outline.

The location was the Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Dr., Ellijay.

Sat., Aug. 11

THIS PROJECT WAS POSTPONED BUT WILL BE RESCHEDULED

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to treat approximately 181 trees at the Panther Creek Recreation Area and Trail in  Habersham County.

The physical location is  3995 Old Historic Highway 441, Turnerville, GA.  Where to meet and other project details will be posted here as soon as available.

Registration is required.  For registration and full details, contact Chris Disser at 678-978-6380 or christinadisser@gmail.com,  and be sure to provide both your phone number and email address.

Thurs., Aug. 23

SGH hemlock training in Hayesville, NC:  Twelve new volunteer 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 course description & outline.

The location was  the Cooperative Extension Office, 25 Riverside Circle, Suite 2, Hayesville, NC.

Sun., Sept. 2
 

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:  SGH had an educational exhibit, gave a brief presentation  to approximately 100 attendees about the hemlocks and their importance to the Lake Rabun community, and provided printed hemlock information to property owners.

Mon., Sept. 3

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'll do something fun outdoors and make some good memories.

Mon., Sept. 3

National Wildlife Day:  Founded in 2005 and carried forward in the memory of animal lover and conservationist Steve Irwin, National Wildlife Day serves to bring awareness to the number of endangered animals nationally, as well as globally, that need to be preserved and rescued from their demise each year, and also to acknowledge zoos and outstanding animal sanctuaries and organizations globally for everything they do to help preserve this planet's animals and educate the public about conservation - especially to children....our animal's future caretakers and conservationists.

Sat., Sept. 8 &
Sun., Sept. 9

Trail Fest:  SGH had a 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.  We had approximately 250 visitors to our booth, and 19 healthy hemlock saplings were adopted.

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

Sat., Sept. 15

SGH-USFS hemlock treatment project:  Twenty-three volunteers came out to treat or retreat 288 trees at the Low Gap Campground and Raven Cliffs Trailhead in  White County.  The two areas are located at  190 Low Gap Rd., Helen, GA and 3000 Richard Russell Hwy, Helen, GA, respectively. 

Following an orientation and safety briefing, the group divided into four work teams and completed the Low Gap Campground area by lunchtime.  Then we traveled a short distance to the Raven Cliffs Trailhead and worked there until about 3:30.  There are still a number of trees that need to be treated at this second site, so we'll need volunteers on Saturday, October 13  to bring the project to completion.

THANKS TO PROJECT MANAGER BOB PLEDGER AND TEAM LEADERS BUZ STONE, ED MCLEAN, STEVE WEINTRAUB, AND DEL KEHELEY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR GREAT WORK.  THE HEMLOCKS LIFT THEIR BRANCHES TO YOU!

 

 

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