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Author Topic: Lumpkin Coalition Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Initiative  (Read 2607 times)
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« on: February 20, 2009, 03:39:44 PM »

The Lumpkin Coalition is launching a county-wide effort to help as many landowners as possible to successfully manage the health of their Hemlocks against the threat of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect pest that is now killing Hemlocks throughout north Georgia.  If appropriate action is not taken soon, almost all of these magnificent trees will die within the next 10 years.

The initial thrust is a public awareness campaign – an informational postcard that is being sent to all Lumpkin County property owners who live along the major streams and rivers, the Hemlock’s preferred habitat, to emphasize the urgency of the HWA problem, let them know there are practical measures available for saving their trees, and offer our help.  For individuals who call the Hemlock Help Line listed below, Coalition volunteers are offering a free on-site consultation and inspection to determine if they have Hemlocks, assess the extent of HWA infestation, and explain the treatment options, methods, and average costs.  Those who would like to contract with a professional can request a list of reputable companies that are knowledgeable and experienced with the HWA problem and provide services in this area.  For do-it-yourselfers, Coalition volunteers can provide the necessary instruction as well as access to the equipment and chemicals so individuals can treat their trees at the lowest possible cost.

Lumpkin Coalition is a registered 501(c)3, 100% volunteer organization dedicated to preserving quality of life in Lumpkin County for all those who share it.  To this end, we support the preservation of a clean and healthy environment, responsible living, and responsible growth.  All donations and funds raised through this program will be used to help us continue to raise public awareness of the Hemlock problem and promote action, provide ongoing support to the beetle-rearing labs in Georgia, assist private landowners and public agencies in managing the health of their Hemlock trees, and facilitate other projects that benefit North Georgia, Lumpkin County, its residents and visitors.

This is an urgent plea to private property owners to take action now to save your Hemlocks.  Lumpkin Coalition stands ready to help.  To learn more, please call the Hemlock Help Line at (706) 429-8010, e-mail us at, or visit our web site
So the hemlocks may live...
Forest Hilyer
Chairman, Lumpkin Coalition
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