Stewardship, taking care of the resources with which we’ve been entrusted, is not only an obligation and privilege but also a smart thing to do. And when a significant component of those resources is in trouble, smart people take action.
The hemlock, that beautiful signature evergreen of our North Georgia mountains, plays a key role in the health of our forests and waterways, habitat for many birds and animals (especially trout), beauty of our communities, property values, jobs and revenue associated with tourism and recreation, and really our very way of life. The bad news is these trees are dying by the thousands each year because of a tiny invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, that was accidentally imported to the eastern U.S. in the early 1950s with no native predator to keep it under control.
The good news is you can learn how to save them. It’s easy enough for most property owners to do themselves, as well as safe, highly effective and inexpensive, especially compared to the cost of losing your trees.
If you’re interested in protecting your own trees and preserving the beauty we now enjoy for your children, please attend the one-hour Hemlock Help Clinic presented by Save Georgia’s Hemlocks on Oct. 24 in Clarkesville. Then, for complete how-to instruction and volunteer training, please stay for the Facilitator Training Workshop which follow immediately. Both classes are free, but registration is required. For registration and details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-429-8010. To learn more, please visit our website www.savegeorgiashemlocks.org.
Chairman, Save Georgia’s Hemlocks, Dahlonega