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Next Leadership 
Team Meeting

Sunday, Apr. 14

starting at 1 p.m.

Schedule of Events

PLEASE JOIN US -- GET INVOLVED!

Throughout the year we participate in a variety of hemlock-related activities, such as awareness presentations, training, treatment and saplings projects projects, and festivals.  The dates that are known so far for 2024 are shown below, and more dates and details will be added as they become available. 

Education:  Throughout the year, we offer Hemlock Help Clinics for a wide variety of audiences, Facilitator training for volunteers, Hemlock Lessons for elementary through college classes, and special presentations for garden clubs, property owner associations, churches, civic organizations, and community groups.  We also participate in quite a few fairs and festivals to raise awareness of the hemlock problem and share useful information with the community.

    

Service:  We continue our partnership with the U. S. Forest Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to treat hemlocks on public lands, and we will undertake additional hemlock treatment projects for other nonprofits, public land managers, and private property owners as our time and resources permit.  Other service initiatives 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 an education or service event that's on our calendar, please contact the person named in the listing.   Or if you'd like to request that we schedule something additional, call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010. 

And just so you know:
* Our classes are open to anyone from anywhere, regardless of the location of the class.
* Our service events are always fun and a great way for new volunteers to learn from more experienced ones and to gain the satisfaction of doing meaningful work with long-term benefits.  
* Reminder to our Facilitators:  We count on EVERY SGH Facilitator to participate in AT LEAST ONE educational or service event each year.  We and the hemlocks NEED you!

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Planned Events for 2024

Sat., Mar. 9
1 p.m.

Hemlock Treatment Project at Smithgall Woods -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will partner with the Friends of Smithgall Woods to continue treating the hemlocks in the park.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat or retreat the trees by soil injection of Imidacloprid for another five years of protection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

We will meet at the Smithgall Woods Visitors Center.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Smithgall's Destiny Witt at 706-878-3087 or smithgall.naturalist@dnr.ga.gov

 Sat., Mar. 16
 12:30 -3:00 p. m.

Customized Training Workshop with Carolina Hemlocks:  This training will prepare volunteers from this Clemson-based organization for treatment projects on the Chattooga River and will be held at Long Creek Community Club, 12351 Long Creek Highway, Long Creek, SC.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To sign up, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

 Thu., Mar. 21

International Day of Forests and the Tree:  In 2012 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests. The day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests.  This year's theme is "Forests and innovation: new solutions for a better world."

If you're concerned about the hemlocks in our forestsplease read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on how you can help.  Also see these articles on the Value of Trees and the Value of Forests.

March TBD

Hemlock Treatment Project in Fannin County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will support the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks in the Jacks River Hemlock Conservation Area (part of the Cohutta Wilderness) on the Conasauga Ranger District.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

March TBD

Sapling Rescue Project in Fannin County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will dig 100+ small saplings from a property in Blue Ridge.  The little trees will be potted, treated, and maintained in a SGH nursery until they're ready to be used for restoration on trout streams, planting of field insectaries, donation to schools and nonprofits, or offered for adoption.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

No experience is necessary.  We'll teach you everything you need to know.  Project Details will be provided when you sign up.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Spring TBD
(2 dates)

Hemlock treatment projects in Rabun County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will support the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks in the Raven Rock and Beaver Skull Hemlock Conservation Areas on the Chattooga River Ranger District.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Jon Jones at 910-987-0306 or jdjones611@gmail.com.

Tue., Apr. 9
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

SGH Presentation for GAA:  SGH will share the hemlock message with the Georgia Arborist Association during a Lunch n' Learn style webinar.  It will provide an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  Click here for an outline of the presentation.

The presentation will be given virtually using ZOOM.  Members wishing to participate should contact GAA for sign-in and other details.

Sat., Apr. 13

Hemlock Treatment Project in Towns County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will support the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks in the Hog Creek / Fodder Creek Hemlock Conservation Area on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Jim Wentworth at 706-897-0645 or wentwrth@windstream.net.

Wed., Apr. 17

UNG Earth Day -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have a booth at this local celebration in Gainesville to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption. 

The location will be the UNG Gainesville Campus.  Click here for map of event site.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sat., Apr. 20 &
 Sun., Apr. 21

Bear-on-the-Square Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have a booth at this extra fun festival in Dahlonega to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location will be Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega.   To volunteer, please contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358 or bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

Sat., Apr. 20
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Coosawattee River Resort Earth Day Celebration -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have a booth at this neighborhood festival in Ellijay to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location will be Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega.   To volunteer, please contact Chris Curtin at christead@yahoo.com or 404-630-0156

Mon., 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 the announcement of the Global Climate Change Agreement, December 12, 2016, and also the updated USDA plant hardiness zones, 2023.  the theme for this year's Earth Day is "The Planet vs. Plastics."

If you have hemlocks that haven't been protectedplease read this reprinted article and then contact us for an update on what you can do.

Sat., Apr. 27

Trout & Outdoor Adventures -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have a booth at this important festival in Blue Ridge to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

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

April TBD

SGH Presentation for Cherry Log POA:  SGH will share information about the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, what SGH is doing to save them, and opportunities for others to learn more and do more.  It will also highlight our partnership with community, the importance of saving the hemlocks for neighborhood beauty and property values, and the urgency to initiate joint projects to save their trees .  Click here for a description of the presentation.

The location will be the Cherry Log Mountain community center in Ellijay.

Sat., May 4
 
time tba

SGH Presentation in Canton:  SGH will share information about the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, what SGH is doing to save them, and opportunities for others to learn more and do more.  It will also highlight our partnership with community, the importance of saving the hemlocks for neighborhood beauty and property values, and the urgency to initiate joint projects to save their trees .  Click here for a description of the presentation.

The location will be the North Georgia Native Plant Nursery, 1095 Epperson Rd., Canton.

Fri., May 17

Endangered Species Day: On the third Friday of each May, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service observes Endangered Species Day in order to recognize the national conservation effort to protect our nation's threatened and endangered species, their habitats, and what we can all do to help them.  This annual event focuses on the species that are likely to be extinct in the near future and there’s a possibility that we’re losing species before we have even discovered them. There are many reasons for this: exploitation of the environment, depletion of natural resources, habitat loss, and the lack of meaningful climate change action by world leaders.

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.  The WWF website keeps an updated list of the species that are on the endangered list. 

Sun., May 26

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting:  SGH will have an education station at this event to continue raising awareness of the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

Mon., May 27

Memorial Day:  National Memorial Day in the USA is celebrated on the last Monday in May.  All men and women, who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces, are commemorated on this day. National Memorial Day is formally known as Decoration Day, the day that commemorated the Union and Confederate soldiers, who died during the American Civil War. Later the day extended to honor all American soldiers, who died while in the military service.

To all our active service members and veterans, we thank you for your service!

Sat., June 1
9 30 a.m.

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH will offer an in-depth class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   The class will be taught in person and includes a demo / and hands-on practice.

The location will be Yonah Preserve, 1054 Albert Reid Rd., Cleveland.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To sign up, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sat., June 3

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.

We hope you'll get outside and enjoy a nice hike!

June TBD

Hemlock Treatment Project -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will work with the Friends of Yonah Preserve in White County to treat or retreat the hemlocks along the trails.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

The location will be Yonah Preserve, 1054 Albert Reid Rd., Cleveland.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org. .

Tue., June 11
time tba

SGH Presentation for Georgia Women Fly Fishers:  SGH will share the hemlock message with the Georgia Women fly Fishers during a Lunch n' Learn style webinar.  It will provide an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  Click here for an outline of the presentation.

The presentation will be given virtually.  Members wishing to participate should contact GWFF for sign-in and other details.

Sat., June 22

Hemlock Treatment Project in Union County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will support the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks in the Bowers Cove Hemlock Conservation Area on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Jim Wentworth at 706-897-0645 or wentwrth@windstream.net.

Sat., June 29 or
Sat., July 6

Union County Farmers Market -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have a booth at this fun event in Blairsville to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location will be 290 Farmers Market Way,  just off Old Smokey Rd. in Blairsville.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Thu., July 4

Independence Day Independence Day is an important federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The day marks the historical event when the United States of America declared its independence from the rule of Great Britain. 

It's also a good day to enjoy with your family and friends by doing something good for your community.

June / July TBD

SGH Education Station at Etowah Meadery -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have an education station at the Etowah Meadery in Dahlonega to raise awareness of the hemlock problem and share information about 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 Etowah Meadery is located at 3003 Morrison Moore Pkwy E, Dahlonega.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sat., July 27
10 a.m.

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH will offer an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more. Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class will be taught via ZOOM, and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To sign up, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173 or derrick1p1@gmail.com.

Sat., Aug. 21
9>30 a.m.

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH will offer an in-depth class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   The class will be taught in person and includes a demo / and hands-on practice.

The location will be the Gilmer County Library, Ellijay.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To sign up, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173 or derrick1p1@gmail.com.

Tues., Aug. 27

SGH Presentation for TU:  SGH will share the hemlock message with the Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  The presentation will provide an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  Click here for an outline of the presentation.

The location will be Hudson Grille, 2500 Cobb Place Lane, Kennesaw.

Sat., Aug. 31

Hemlock Treatment Project in Union County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will support the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks in the Tigue Branch Hemlock Conservation Area on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Jim Wentworth at 706-897-0645 or wentwrth@windstream.net.

September TBD

SGH Presentation for Fernbank Science Center:  SGH will share the hemlock message with visitors and friends of Fernbank Science Center.  It will provide an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  Click here for an outline of the presentation.

The location will be at Fernbank, 156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta.

Sun., Sep. 1

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:  SGH will have an education station at this event to continue raising awareness of the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

Mon., Sep. 2

Labor Day:  In a country where we celebrate and honor many cultural and religious holidays, Labor Day is unique in that it celebrates American workers. Labor Day is a holiday dedicated to honoring the contributions US workers have made to the strength and prosperity of our country. Click on the link to learn how this holiday came to be and get some ideas for how to celebrate Labor Day Weekend.

We wish you a safe, restful, and enjoyable day!

Wed., Sep. 4

National Wildlife Day:  Founded in 2005 by animal behaviorist and philanthropist Colleen Paige 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.

It is now celebrated on two dates (Feb. 22 and Sep. 4) to double the effort to help bring awareness of the plight of wild animals around the globe. NWD encourages wildlife lovers to stand up and fight for animals that need a voice, to visit their local zoo and donate what they can to make a difference in the lives of our beloved animal friends.

Sat., Sep. 14

Elachee Wildlife Festival -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH had a booth at this very interesting 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.   The event features family-friendly fun, including live animal encounters, tree climbing, food trucks and much more!  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location will be the Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Sat., Sep. 14?

Trail Fest -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:   SGH will have a booth at this extra fun festival for hemlock huggers and hikers in Dahlonega to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption.

The location will be Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega.  To volunteer, please contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358 or bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

Sat., Sep. 21

Hemlock Treatment Project in Gilmer County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will partner with the property owners in the Laurel Ridge neighborhood of Ellijay to treat or retreat the hemlocks in their community.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Derrick Morris at 404-593-3173 or derrick1p1@gmail.com.

Sat., Sep. 28

National Public Lands Day:  This 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.

Sun., Oct. 5 &
Sun., Oct 26

Hemlock treatment projects in Rabun County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will support the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks in two Hemlock Conservation Areas on the Chattooga River Ranger District.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Jon Jones at 910-987-0306 or jdjones611@gmail.com.

Fall TBD

Sapling Rescue Project in Rabun County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will dig 50+ small saplings from a property in Lakemont.  The little trees will be potted, treated, and maintained in a SGH nursery until they're ready to be used for restoration on trout streams, planting of field insectaries, donation to schools and nonprofits, or offered for adoption.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

No experience is necessary.  We'll teach you everything you need to know.  Project Details will be provided when you sign up.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Buz Stone at 404-626-1746 or buzstone@gmail.com.

Fall TBD

Hemlock Treatment Project on the Chattooga River:  SGH will partner with the U. S. Forest Service and volunteers from several paddling and hiking groups to continue treating the hemlocks on the Georgia and South Carolina sides of the Chattooga River corridor.  Small teams including at least one experienced Facilitator will approach the project from the land where there were trails and from rafts and kayaks where land access is not possible.  We'll be applying Imidacloprid by dry tablet insertion.  This method was chosen to protect the waterway from any potential spills of liquid treatment material.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Jonathan Micancin at 919-672-5736 or micancin@gmail.com.

Sat., Oct 5

Hemlock Treatment Project in Union County -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SGH will support the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks in the Lower Canada Creek Hemlock Conservation Area on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  Following a brief introduction and safety reminder, we'll work in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to treat the trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To volunteer, please contact Jim Wentworth at 706-897-0645 or wentwrth@windstream.net.

Sat., Oct. 5

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

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

Sat., Oct. 5 &
Sun., Oct. 6

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

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

Sat., Oct. 12 &
Sun., Oct. 13

Fall Arts in the Park -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have a booth at this wonderful, well attended festival in Blue Ridge to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Healthy hemlock saplings will be available for adoption. 

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

Sun., Nov. 9

Boy Scout Conservation Awards Weekend:  This annual event sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to Scouts' conservation and learning.  The 2023 Conservation Weekend will be held from Nov. 7 - 9 at Camp Woodruff.  Eighteen Merit Badges will be offered, and Scouts will have the opportunity to enroll in up to three merit badges. The event includes a conservation-themed workshop with games and information on how to create, execute and document a conservation project.

SGH Education Station -- BOOTH HELPERS NEEDED:  SGH will have an education station on Saturday to provide information to Scouts and Leaders about opportunities for hemlock-related education and service in support of Merit Badges and Eagle Scout rank.   

The location will be Camp Woodruff, 31 Woodruff Dr., Blairsville.  To volunteer, please contact Holly Cochran at 706-455-6375 or holly@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

Thu., Nov. 28

Thanksgiving DayGratitude 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!

TBD

Customized Hemlock Training:  SGH will conduct a special Facilitator Training Workshop for the staff of Lula Lake Land Trust and other interested volunteers to support their efforts to maintain the health of the hemlock trees on that property.

Hemlock Treatment Project:  Immediately after the training session, the staff of Lula Lake Lake Trust and SGH volunteers from northwest Georgia will conduct a project under the leadership of Jimmy Stewart and Holly Cochran to treat a large number of hemlocks in that area. 

All activities are planned to take place in the general vicinity of Lookout Mountain, GA.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

TBD

SGH Presentation at Amicalola Falls: 

The location will be the Amicalola Falls Visitors Center.

Wed., Dec. 25

Christmas Day:  We wish you all the blessings of the season and look forward to seeing you again after the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed Events in 2024

Sat., Jan. 6

Georgia Arborist Association Awards Banquet:  Each year, the GAA awards and thanks people who have given extra time and energy to help their organization and the professionals and communities they serve.  This year SGH was honored with the White Oak Award in recognition of our work to save the hemlocks.  The award is "for demonstrated leadership, commitment, innovation, impact and sustainability in tree work."  Donna Shearer accepted the award on behalf of SGH.  Holly Cochran and Buz Stone were also present to represent us.  See article and photo on Home page.

The event was held at Amicalola Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd,, Dawsonville.

Sun., Jan. 7

SGH Leadership Team winter meeting:  This meeting served as the kick-off for what we expect will be a very busy and productive year in 2024.   It was great to get together again after the holiday season. 

Special focus for 2024 will include partnerships with other environmental, conservation, and civic organizations; joint projects with the paddling community to treat hemlocks on the Chattooga River corridor and DNR waterways; increased Facilitator engagement in the community; and outreach to the Atlanta area and neighboring states.  Click here for the meeting agenda and meeting notes.

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

Sat., Jan. 27

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH offered a class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target audience was the northwestern GA counties, but anyone from anywhere was welcome to attend.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   The class was taught in person and included a demo / and hands-on practice.

The location was the Gilmer County Library in Ellijay.  Eleven new Facilitators were trained.  WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

Wed., Jan. 10

Annual USFS planning meeting:  Holly Cochran and Jim Wentworth met with the U. S. Forest Service to plan the hemlock treatment project SGH will support for the Chattooga River and Blue Ridge Ranger Districts. 

Tue., Feb. 6

SGH Hemlock Lesson:  SGH presented our Hemlock Lesson to 120 students in six classes of Fannin Middle School students.  Focusing on the hemlock vs. woolly adelgid crisis, the presentation incorporated learning about biodiversity, ecosystem interdependencies, problems caused by invasive species, protecting the environment in general, and what young people can do to help save the hemlocks.

The school is located at 4560 Old Highway 76, Blue Ridge.

Sat., Feb. 10

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH conducted a special training class for the owner / manager of the North Georgia Native Plant Nursery.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   The class was taught in person and included a demo / and hands-on practice.  We hope to return later in the spring to offer the class to more people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.

The North Georgia Native Plant Nursery is located at 1095 Epperson Rd., Canton.

Fri., Feb. 16

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 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.  You can find hemlock planting instructions on our Resources page.

Sat., Feb. 17

Planning Meeting with Lead Facilitators for SGH western counties.  Meeting location was in LaFayette.

Thu., Feb. 22

National Wildlife Day:  Founded in 2005 by animal behaviorist and philanthropist Colleen Paige 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.

It is now celebrated on two dates (Feb. 22 and Sep. 4) to double the effort to help bring awareness of the plight of wild animals around the globe. NWD encourages wildlife lovers to stand up and fight for animals that need a voice, to visit their local zoo and donate what they can to make a difference in the lives of our beloved animal friends.

Hemlocks provide food and habitat for about 120 species of vertebrates -- including bear, rabbits, deer, wild turkey -- and 90+ kinds of birds.  Click here to learn more, and please join in our efforts to keep them alive and thriving!

Sat., Feb 24

Sapling Rescue Project in Fannin County:  A dozen SGH volunteers dug 100+ saplings from a property in Morganton.  The little trees were potted and treated at the site and maintained in twp of SGH's nurseries until they're ready to be used for restoration on trout streams, planting of field insectaries, donation to schools and nonprofits, or offered for adoption. 

Thanks to Betty Larsen and John Charping for their generosity.

 

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Completed Events in 2023

Sat., Jan. 1 - Mon., Jan. 9

Hemlock Treatment Project:  A group of energetic volunteers under the leadership of Ally Bartholomew treated 1,387 trees over a 9-day period in the Grandview area of Signal Mountain, TN.  This group is an affiliate of SGH and receives training and support from key SGH Facilitator Jimmy Stewart.

GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!

Sun., Jan. 8

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

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

Tue., Feb. 7

SGH Presentation to Redbud Project:  SGH gave a 1-hour presentation entitled "Hemlock, Keystone of the Forest & Prize of the City" to the Redbud Project to raise awareness of the hemlocks and their importance, especially to air quality, the impact of the hemlock woolly adelgid, what organizations and individuals can do to save these valuable trees, and how they can be used to improve our community's quality of life.  Twenty-four people attended in person and via ZOOM.

The location was Linwood Ecology Center, 118 Springview Dr., Gainesville. 

Sat., Feb. 18

Hemlock Treatment Project:   Ten SGH and Boy Scout volunteers supported the U. S. Forest Service to treat 154 hemlocks at Lake Rabun Beach.  The boys worked really hard, and we greatly appreciate their civic spirit!  And thanks to Jim Wentworth for his leadership!

Sat., Feb 25

To be rescheduled

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

Sat., Mar. 4
 

Sapling Rescue Project in Dawson County:   SGH was invited by a generous property owner to dig hemlock saplings prior to a construction project.  Three SGH volunteers and some helpers from the Georgia Native Plant Society dug 60 good fluffy saplings from the site.  The saplings were then  potted and will be offered for adoption at upcoming festivals, used for hemlock restoration on trout streams, or donated to schools and other nonprofits. 

The location was near Burt's Pumpkin Farm along Hwy 52 in Dawson County.      

Sun., Mar. 5
 

Hemlock Treatment Project:   Eight volunteers under the leadership of Jimmy Stewart treated 170 trees in the Rock Creek area of Walker County.  Working in small teams, they applied Imidacloprid by soil injection along some beautiful hiking trails.

Thu., Mar. 9

SGH Presentation to UNG PEAKS Program:  SGH presented a program entitled "The Plight of the Hemlocks" to participants in the PEAKS Program, which stands for Personal Enrichment, Action, and Knowledge Series, a University - community collaboration.  Approximately 30 people attended the presentation which focused on the invasive insect that's killing our hemlocks by the millions, what can be done to save them, and why it matters.  Click here for information about this and other presentations and registration details.  

The location was the UNG Blue Ridge Campus, 56 Nighthawk Drive, Blue Ridge.

Sat., Mar. 11

Hemlock Treatment Project:  A group of volunteers under the leadership of Dan Reynolds and Ally Bartholomew treated 612 trees in the Green Gorge area of Signal Mountain, TN.  This group is an affiliate of SGH and receives training and support from key SGH Facilitator Jimmy Stewart.

GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!

Wed., Mar. 15

SGH Hemlock Lesson:  SGH presented our Hemlock Lesson to 222 6th grade Exploratory Science students and 2 teachers at Fannin Middle School.  Focusing on the hemlock vs. woolly adelgid crisis, the presentation incorporated learning about biodiversity, ecosystem interdependencies, problems caused by invasive species, protecting the environment in general, and what young people can do to help save the hemlocks.

The location was 4560 Old Highway 76, Blue Ridge.

Thu., Mar. 16

Hemlock Treatment Project:  SGH and TerraMedics conducted a special demonstration of the hemlock treatment process with 2 classes of 6th grade Exploratory Science students (about 60 kids and teachers) at Fannin Middle School.  Then the students participated in actually treating 25 hemlocks on their campus.  We hope to schedule another treatment project there to protect the rest of the hemlocks that didn't receive treatment today.   

The location was 4560 Old Highway 76, Blue Ridge.  Special thanks to J. T. Kieffer of TerraMedics and to SGH's Jim Wentworth, Buz Stone, and Holly Cochran!

Spring 2023

Hemlock Treatment Project:  During this 3-month period, a super dedicated group of volunteers under the leadership of SGH Facilitator Dan Reynolds treated 4,653 trees in the area of Signal Mountain, TN.  This group is an affiliate of SGH and receives training and support from key SGH Facilitator Jimmy Stewart.

GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!

Fri., Mar. 24

Meeting & Customized Training for Georgia-Alabama Land Trust:  SGH gave a presentation to the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust's staff retreat to share information about our efforts to save the hemlocks in Georgia and explore ideas for saving the trees in northern Alabama.  Eleven attendees were present for this meeting held at a member's home in Dahlonega. 

Fri., Mar. 24 &
 Fri., Mar. 31

SGH Hemlock Lesson:  On March 24th SGH gave a presentation to a dozen 4th level Ecology students at Young Harris College.  It covered  the threat of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid to our hemlock trees, why it matters, what can be done to save the trees, and how young adults can get involved in the effort.

The lesson also included instruction for how to apply dry CoreTect tablets, and then the students headed out to do a treatment project.  On March 24 and 31, they treated 65 trees on their campus under the leadership of Jonathan Micancin and Holly Cochran.

The location was Young Harris College in Young Harris, GA.

Sat., Mar. 25

To be rescheduled

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH offered a class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class were Fannin, Gilmer, and Union, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic was welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   The class includes a demo / and hands-on practice.

Sun., Mar. 26

Hemlock Treatment Project:  Fourteen SGH volunteers partnered with the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat 308 hemlocks at the Tate Branch Campground and Sandy Bottom hemlock conservation areas in Towns County.  Click here for Project Details

Thanks to Jon Jones for his leadership and to all the volunteers for their good work!

Thu., Mar. 30

UNG Volunteer Fair:  SGH had an information table at this campus event to showcase the activities of SGH and the service opportunities available to students.  Two SGH volunteers welcomed 40 visitors to our table and had some very promising discussions with interested students.

The University of North Georgia is located at 82 College Cir., Dahlonega.

Sat., Apr. 15

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH conducted an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more. The target counties for this class were Towns, Rabun, and Habersham, but anyone from anywhere was welcome to sign up.  There was one attendee.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

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

Sat., Apr. 15 &
Sun., Apr. 16

Bear on the Square Festival:  SGH had a booth at this extra fun festival in Dahlonega to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Twelve SGH volunteers welcomed an estimated 480 visitors to our booth, and 25 hemlock saplings were adopted. 

The location was Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega. 

Wed., Apr. 19

UNG Earth Day Celebration:    SGH had a booth at this local celebration in Gainesville to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Two volunteers welcomed 89 visitors to our booth. 

The location was  the UNG Gainesville Campus.  Click here for map of event site

Fri., Apr. 21

Sapling Rescue Project in Lumpkin County:  Two volunteers did a sapling rescue project to dig 65 hemlock saplings and seedling from the woods and along a roadside on a property in Dahlonega.

The little trees have been potted and will be used for reforestation on trout streams, planting of field insectaries, donation to schools and nonprofits, or offered for adoption.

Sat., Apr. 22

Hemlock Treatment Project at Camp Woodruff:  SGH partnered with the Boy Scouts to treat a grove of hemlocks on their campus.  This was our second treatment project there.  Under the leadership of SGH's Holly Cochran and Jim Wentworth, 7 scouts and scouting adults treated 120 trees.

The location was 31 Woodruff Dr., Blairsville

Sun., Apr. 23

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  At this meeting we reviewed the accomplishments of the first quarter and finalize plans for the second.  All Board Members, Officers, Program Managers, and Lead Facilitators are encouraged to attend.  Click here for the meeting agenda and meeting notes.

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

Sat., Apr. 29

Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival:  SGH had a booth at this important festival in Blue Ridge to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.   Ten SGH volunteers welcomed 370 visitors to our booth, and 12 hemlock saplings were adopted.

The location was the park in downtown Blue Ridge.  

Sat., Apr. 29

Hemlock Sapling Planting:  SGH received permission from Georgia Power to plant hemlock saplings on Billy Goat Island on Lake Burton.  On this beautiful day, thirteen volunteers planted 48 hemlock saplings along the shoreline of 3 coves on the island where they'll be visible from the lake and accessible for care and maintenance. 

Huge thanks to BUZ STONE for his excellent planning, coordination, and implementation of this project and to all the volunteers for their good work!   Also a special thanks to Brett Sharp and Nolan Leake for the use of their pontoon boats and to Andrew Hunt for the use of his barge and help from his three workers to ferry the trees, planting materials, and volunteers to the island.

Sat., May 27

Sapling Planting Project:  SGH partnered with the Boy Scout Camp Woodruff staff to plant 5 large hemlock saplings along a native plant nature path. The trees are located in a site where they'll be visible and accessible for care and maintenance and will have educational signage placed nearby to raise the scouts awareness of the hemlock problem.   Thanks to Kent Watkins for his help in planning and carrying out this project!

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

Sun., May 28

Lake Rabun Association Memorial Day Meeting:   SGH had an education station at this event to continue raising awareness of the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  One SGH volunteer welcomed an estimated 100 visitors to our booth, and six hemlock saplings were adopted. 

Sat., June 3 &
Sat., July 1

Union County Farmers Market:  Four SGH volunteers shared a booth with the Native Plant Society at this event in Blairsville to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Four SGh volunteers welcomed 200 visitors to our booth over the two days and got 13 hemlock saplings adopted.    

The location was 290 Farmers Market Way,  just off Old Smokey Rd. in Blairsville. 

Sat., June 17

SGH Education Station at Etowah Meadery:  Two SGH volunteers staffed an education station at the Etowah Meadery in Dahlonega to raise awareness of the hemlock problem and share information about 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 an estimated 40 visitors and got 6 hemlock saplings adopted.

The Etowah Meadery is located at 3003 Morrison Moore Pkwy E, Dahlonega.

Sat., June 17

Hemlock Treatment Project:  SGH partnered with the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks on the Clements Branch Hemlock Conservation Area of the Blue Ridge Ranger District in Union County.  Twenty volunteers worked in small teams including at least one experienced Facilitator to treat 144 trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Click here for the Project Details.

The project was led by Jim Wentworth -- THANKS, JIM W and all your volunteers!!!

Sat., June 17

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH conducted an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more. The target counties for this class were Pickens, Cherokee, and Dawson, but it was open to all.  There were four attendees. Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

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

Sat., June 24

Hemlock Treatment Project:  Nine SGH volunteers and U. S. Forest Service staff treated or retreated 311 hemlocks on moderate terrain at Bear Creek Campground, a Hemlock Conservation Area of the Conasauga Ranger District in Gilmer County.  Our volunteers worked in small teams including at least one experienced Facilitator to treat approximately 300 trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection on moderate terrain.  Under the leadership of Holly Cochran, they treated 311 trees on some challenging terrain.

THANKS EVERYONE FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

July 2023

SGH Presentation:  SGH's Dave Teffeteller gave a presentation to members of the Trout Unlimited - Gold Rush Chapter  highlighting our activities to save the hemlocks, especially those along trout streams, and our longstanding partnership with TU.  THANKS, DAVE!

The meeting was held in Dahlonega.

Sat., July 15

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH conducted a class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class are Pickens, Cherokee, and Dawson, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic was welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.   Three new Facilitators were trained.  WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

The class was taught in person, and included a demo / and hands-on practice. 

Sun., July 16

SGH Leadership Team spring meeting:  At this meeting we reviewed the accomplishments of the second quarter and made plans for the remainder of the summer and fall.  Click here for the meeting agenda and meeting notes.

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

Tue., Aug. 15

SGH Presentation:  SGH's Buz Stone gave a presentation to members of the Mountain Ivy Garden Club  to share the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, what SGH is doing to save them, and opportunities for others to learn more and do more.  THANKS, BUZ!

The meeting was held in Tiger.

Sat., Aug. 19

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH conducted an introductory class designed for people who want an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and information about the opportunities to learn more and do more.  The target counties for this class were Lumpkin, White, and Hall, but anyone from anywhere was welcome to sign up.  There were seven attendees.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

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

Tue., Aug. 29

Elachee Science Night:  SGH gave a presentation during this event at the Tap It Brewery in downtown Gainesville to raise awareness of the hemlock problem and share information about 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 event was open to the public, and twelve people attended. 

The location was the Tap It Gainesville Pints & Growlers, 110 Maple St., Gainesville.

Sun., Sep. 3

Lake Rabun Association Labor Day Meeting:   SGH had an education station at this event to continue raising awareness of the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  One SGH volunteer welcomed 100 visitors to our booth and got three healthy hemlock saplings adopted. 

Tue., Sep. 5

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH conducted a class customized for Young Harris faculty and students who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  Thirteen new Facilitators were trained.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.

The class was taught in person at Young Harris College included a demo / and hands-on practice.

Sat., Sep. 9

Elachee Wildlife Festival:   SGH had a booth at this very interesting 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.   The event featured family-friendly fun, including live animal encounters, tree climbing, food trucks and much more!  One SGH volunteer welcomed an estimated 200 visitors to our booth.

The location was the Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville.

Tue., Sep. 12 &
Sun., Sep. 17

Hemlock treatment project:  On these two days a dozen student volunteers , under the leadership of Jonathan Micancin, treated 37 hemlocks on their campus.   Great job, everyone!

Young Harris College is located in Young Harris, GA. 

Sat., Sep. 16

Trail Fest:   SGH had a booth at this extra fun festival in Dahlonega to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Six SGH volunteers welcomed 150 visitors to our booth, and six hemlock saplings were adopted. 

The location was Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega.  To volunteer, please contact Betty Larsen at 706-633-0358 or bettyandjohnyoga@gmail.com.

Fri., Sep. 22

Hemlock treatment project:  SGH partnered with the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks at the Ivy Log Gap, a Hemlock Conservation Area of the Blue Ridge Ranger District in Towns County.  Under the leadership of Jim Wentworth and Jonathan Micancin, ten volunteers worked in small teams including at least one experienced Facilitator to treat 54 trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection. 

Sat., Sep. 23

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH conducted a class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class were Lumpkin, White, and Hall, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic was welcome to sign up.  One new Facilitator was trained.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.  

The class was taught in person, and included a demo / and hands-on practice.  WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

Sat., Sep. 30

Hemlock treatment project:  SGH partnered with the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks at the Dockery Lake Recreation Area, a Hemlock Conservation Area of the Blue Ridge Ranger District in Lumpkin County between Dahlonega and Suches.  Under the leadership of Jim Wentworth, 17 volunteers worked in small teams including at least one experienced Facilitator to treat or retreat 165 trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Click here for the Project Details.

Sat., Oct. 7

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival:   SGH had a booth at this very interesting event in Clayton to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Four SGH volunteers welcomed 150 visitors to our booth and got several hemlock saplings adopted.

The location was the Rabun County Civic Center, 201 West Savannah Street, Clayton.  

Sat., Oct. 7 &
Sun., Oct. 8

Georgia Marble Festival:   SGH had a booth at this wonderful, well attended festival in Jasper to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Ten SGH volunteers welcomed an estimated 400 visitors to our booth over the two-day period, and 18 hemlock saplings were adopted. 

The location was Lee Newton Park, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper. 

Sun., Oct. 8

To be rescheduled

Hemlock treatment project:  SGH will partner with the U. S. Forest Service to treat or retreat the hemlocks on a designated Hemlock Conservation Area of the Chattooga River Ranger District.  We will work in small teams including at least one experienced Facilitator to treat approximately 150 trees, applying Imidacloprid by soil injection.  Project Details will be posted when available.

The location is near Warwoman in Rabun County.

Sat., Oct. 14 &
Sun., Oct 15

Blue Ridge Arts in the Park:   SGH had a booth at this wonderful, well attended festival in Blue Ridge to provide information about the hemlock problem, why it's so important to take timely action, what property owners can do to save their own trees, and how volunteers can help save trees on our public lands.  Twelve SGH volunteers welcomed 250 visitors to our booth over the two-day period, and 16 hemlock saplings were adopted. 

The location was the park in downtown Blue Ridge

Sat., Oct. 21

To be rescheduled

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

Sat., Oct. 21

Hemlock Treatment Project:  SGH partnered with the U. S. Forest Service and volunteers from several paddling groups to treat the hemlocks on the Georgia and South Carolina sides of the Chattooga River corridor.  Small teams including at least one experienced Facilitator approached the project from the land where there were trails and from rafts and kayaks on the whitewater river where land access was not possible.  In all, sixteen hardy volunteers worked a very long day in challenging conditions and treated 175 trees by applying Imidacloprid by dry tablet insertion.  This method was chosen to protect the waterway from any potential spills of liquid treatment material.

The gathering point for this project was the GA / SC Woodall Shoals.

Sun., Oct. 29

SGH Hemlock Help Clinic:  SGH conducted an introductory class designed for UGA Impact, a student service group.  The presentation provided an understanding of the hemlock problem, an overview of how to save the trees, one easy method for treating the trees, and opportunities for young people to learn more and do more.  There were 12 attendees.  Click here for the Clinic description and outline.

The class was taught in person at a member's home in Dahlonega.  The event included a hike to identify hemlocks, and the students treated 5 trees during the practice / demo segment of the class.

Sun., Nov. 5

SGH Leadership Team fall meeting:  At this meeting we reviewed the accomplishments of the third quarter and finalized plans for the end of the year.  Click here for the meeting agenda and meeting notes.

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

Wed., Nov. 7

Sapling Planting Project:  SGH and local volunteers in Gilmer county planted 3 large hemlocks in memory of our dear friend Paul Berrey, who passed away in April 2023.  He was a dedicated member of SGH and helped on many treatment, sapling rescue, and planting projects for almost thirteen years!

This event took place on the Whitepath Golf Course in Ellijay.  Paul's daughter Michelle suggested that it be at one of his favorite (or least favorite!) holes.  As it turns out, the first hole, his least favorite, was chosen.

Sat., Nov. 11

To be rescheduled

SGH Facilitator Training Workshop:  SGH offered a class designed for people who want the practical knowledge and skills to actively participate in saving the hemlocks.  The target counties for this class were Dade, Walker, and Whitfield, but anyone who has completed our Hemlock Help Clinic was welcome to sign up.  Click here for the Facilitator Training description and outline.  

The class is taught in person and includes a demo / and hands-on practice.

Sat., Nov. 11

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

SGH Education Station:  SGH had an education station on Saturday to provide information to Scouts and Leaders about opportunities for hemlock-related education and service in support of Merit Badges and Eagle Scout rank.   Two volunteers welcomed 250 visitors to our booth.  Thanks to Elliott Segall for his leadership. 

Hemlock planting project:  SGH partnered with the Boy Scouts and Leaders to plant 5 large hemlocks along the Scout Camp Trail.  Thanks to project leaders Jim Wentworth and Holly Cochran and all the volunteers for their good work. 

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

Sat., Dec. 9

Hemlock Treatment Project:  SGH partnered with the Boy Scouts to treat or retreat approximately 82 hemlocks at Camp Creek, a Hemlock Conservation Area on the Chattooga River District.  We worked in small teams including at least one experienced SGH Facilitator to apply Imidacloprid by soil injection on moderate terrain.  Despite the rain which grew increasingly heavy as the day went on, the boys persisted and got the job finished.  WELL DONE, GUYS!!!

Camp Creek is a tributary of the Chattooga River in Rabun County.

Dec. 2023

To be rescheduled

Customized Hemlock Training:  SGH will conduct a special Facilitator Training Workshop for the staff of Lula Lake Land Trust and other interested volunteers to support their efforts to maintain the health of the hemlock trees on that property.

Hemlock Treatment Project:  Immediately after the training session, the staff of Lula Lake Lake Trust and SGH volunteers from northwest Georgia will conduct a project under the leadership of Jimmy Stewart and Holly Cochran to treat a large number of hemlocks in that area. 

All activities are planned to take place in the general vicinity of Lookout Mountain, GA.  Project Details will be posted as soon as they're available.

   


 

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