Volunteer Facilitators Page
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Role of Volunteer Facilitators
With the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010 SM as the central point of contact and coordination, Volunteer Facilitators in each county are the primary local vehicle for directly assisting other property owners. They are trained in assessing HWA problems, explaining the control methods and options for getting the work done, setting property owners’ expectations, and helping property owners implement their chosen solution. Here's how the assistance opportunities generally flow.
Volunteer Facilitators play a valuable role in serving as good-will ambassadors for the hemlocks and SGH, proactively spreading the word about the HWA problem and available solutions, and participating in educational events and charitable service projects. Click here to see the full Facilitator Job Description (updated 2/16/13), which describes the purpose of the Hemlock Help Program, role of Volunteer Facilitators, special training they receive, types of activities they can perform, and general flow as they provide assistance to others.
Because of the large geographic area in north Georgia which comprises the natural hemlock habitat and the diversity of conditions and local needs in various counties, Save Georgia’s Hemlocks has also developed a Lead Area Facilitator role to enhance communication, needs identification, resource identification, coordination, and tracking such that a higher level of service may be provided to communities. Click here to see the Lead Area Facilitator Job Description (updated 2/16/13).
Volunteer Facilitator Materials
■ Becoming a Professional Pesticide Applicator in Georgia (updated 4/7/12) -- This document is intended for individuals who may be considering getting a pesticide applicator license in Georgia. It provides complete information on the licensing requirements for the three levels of licenses, obtaining the study materials and taking the exam, acquiring a business license and liability insurance, equipment and treatment materials, license renewal schedule, and a cost summary.
■ Caution Sign-SGH (updated 3/3/13) -- If you're treating hemlocks on any property other than your own while acting as a SGH Facilitator or participating in a SGH volunteer project, you should post this sign where it can be seen at the entrance(s) to the property. Mark the sign to indicate the date, name of the chemical used, and any special precautions the public should observe, as recommended on the label. The sign can be removed after the project is complete and the treatment material (if sprayed or drenched) has had time to dry.
■ Certificate - Saving Your Hemlocks (NEW 3/31/13) -- This is a certificate you can print, fill out, and give to a client when you have helped them get their hemlocks treated. It's just a little personal touch to thank them for taking care of their hemlocks, informing them about what improvement to expect, and reminding them of when their trees will need retreatment.
■ Chemical Calulator (updated 2/24/13) -- This Excel document consists of five spreadsheets you can use to figure the amount and cost of Imidacloprid 75 WSP, Imidacloprid 2 F 22.6%, Coretect Tablets, Safari 20 SG, or Transtect 70 WSP needed for a project.
■ Contact List - GA Facilitators (updated 5/6/13) and Contact List - Facilitators in Other States (updated 4/6/13) -- These lists are provided as a convenience to you, but please respect the privacy of other Volunteer Facilitators by not giving out their contact information. If you have an opportunity you want to refer to another Volunteer Facilitator, please give the prospective client's name and contact information directly to the Volunteer Facilitator and ask them if they are available to assist the client.
■ Dalusky - Update on Using Imidacloprid and Dinotefuran (8/14/12) -- Updated recommendations for how to mix these two products for soil injection with optimal application efficiency and efficacy, placement of injections, timing of treatment, residual protection period, and removal of restrictions for treating stream-bank hemlocks.
■ Expense Report & Reimbursement Request (updated 3/2/13) - Facilitators and Leadership Team members can use this Excel spreadsheet to request reimbursement for SGH-related expenses that were paid out-of-pocket. A copy of the transaction receipt should be attached and forwarded to the Treasurer.
■ Facilitator Release & Waiver of Liability (updated 3/19/13) -- This Volunteer Release & Waiver of Liability form is required by our insurance company for all SGH Facilitators. It is usually completed during Facilitator training.
■ Hemlock Treatment Log (NEW 3/12/13) -- This document is for recording the number and diameters of trees treated. And by marking the last tree treated at the end of a 96-ounce injector tank load, it also allows comparing the number of inches treated to the amount of chemical used and determining the dosing accuracy.
■ Interest Sign-Up Sheet (updated 10/12/12) -- If you have an opportunity to make a presentation to a group, please ask the participants to sign the Interest Sign-Up Sheet and then forward it to the Chairman so the names can be added to our distribution list for news and announcements. E-mail addresses are particular important (if they have one) since that method of communication is fast and free! Let them know we never share our list with anyone.
■ Letter to Retailers (updated 4/7/13) -- We want to encourage as many retailers as possible to carry the Imidacloprid and Safari HWA treatment materials in the hope that if property owners can find the products locally, they will save more hemlocks. Therefore, to make it easier for retailers to find wholesalers that sell the appropriate products, we've developed a partial list of insecticide wholesalers for the Georgia market. This alphabetical list is meant for information purposes only, not as a company endorsement. Please feel free to share it with the retailers in your community and encourage them to carry some of the treatment products, especially Amtide Imidacloprid 2F T&O (22.6%) and generic versions of Imidacloprid 75% WSP in the 4-packs of 1.6 oz packaging.
■ Membership Form (updated 7/7/11) -- If someone is interested in signing up to be a SGH member, you can print this membership form for them to fill out and mail in with their check or make their membership contribution via PayPal. Please encourage them to visit our Memberships and Donations page.
■ Notes for Hemlock Treatment Project Leader (updated 4/3/13) -- This document deals with the beginning and end of a hemlock treatment project and is designed for experienced project leaders to use as a "punch list" and for less experienced project leaders to use as a complete guide.
■ Nu-Arbor 1-Two Root Injector -- Product details, photos, usage instructions, and parts schematic for the Nu-Arbor 1-Two Root Injector.
■ Nu-Arbor 1-Two Root Injector Evaluation (10/22/12) -- A report by Bob Pledger on his personal findings concerning the use of the Nu-Arbor injector for treating hemlocks in landscape and forested settings.
■ Participant Sign-In / Release & Waiver of Liability (3/3/13) -- This form is designed to serve as both a sign-in sheet and a Release and Waiver of Liability for all individuals participating in any way in a SGH project or outing. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the form. It is a short version of the Volunteer Release & Waiver of Liability but contains all the key provisions.
■ Pesticide Acronyms -- A glossary of common (and not-so-common) acronyms used in the pesticide industry.
■ Presentation Evaluation -- If you have the opportunity to give a presentation, we would appreciate your using this evaluation to gather feedback from the audience so we can continually improve our educational efforts.
■ Quarterly Activity Log (updated 2/16/13) -- Because the IRS and Secretary of State's Office may periodically request information about our total volunteer hours/activity, and prospective donors may consider this information in making decisions about charitable giving, please keep a log of your Facilitator activities and hours. It doesn't have to be detailed; a ball-park estimate will do, but please submit it at the end of each calendar quarter. This is a Word document so you can enter information into it.
■ Quick Reference Facilitator Visit Checklist (6/7/12) - A checklist for Facilitators making on-site visits.
■ Quick Reference Infestation Card (3/19/12) -- This photo card shows four stages of HWA infestation on a branch and on a whole tree and includes treatment recommendations for each stage. It's laid out 2-up and can be cut and laminated to use for demonstration/explanation during Facilitator visits.
■ Soil Injector Lending Procedures -- If you have custody of an injector that is available for lending to others, this is a set of suggested procedures you can use or amend as you see fit. Two requests -- Please lend it instead of renting it; and if you charge a refundable deposit ($250 to $300 is reasonable), be sure to list the amount at the top of the Soil Injector Log so it's plain to see. This is a Word document that you can amend if you wish.
■ Soil Injector Log -- If you have custody of an injector that is available for lending to others, this is a log you can use or amend as you see fit to keep track of the borrowers and borrowing activity. This is a Word document that you can enter information into or amend if you wish.
■ Soil Injector Care & Use Card -- This card can be attached to a soil injector that is available for lending or given to the borrower at the time of borrowing. Please review it with the borrower before they take the injector.
■ Volunteer Project Checklist (updated 2/27/13) -- This is a list of equipment and supplies that may be needed for conducting hemlock treatment or planting projects and for setting up a SGH information booth or education station.
■ Volunteer Project Report (updated 3/3/13) -- If you do a volunteer hemlock project on property other than your own, you should complete this short report and keep it in case any regulating agency should request a copy from SGH. This is a Word document that you can fill out on line if you wish.
Treatment Instructions for Facilitators
The treatment instructions below are the same as those listed on the Resources page except that they include the details about grams of active ingredient and in a few cases alternate ways to mix and dose the chemicals. Many general users found this information confusing; however, it is provided here for the benefit of any Facilitators who find it useful.
To select the right document, first find the treatment product you intend to use and then the application method. If you have questions, please call the Hemlock Help Line 706-429-8010.
Imidacloprid liquid 2F or 2L (22.6% or 21.4%)
(Note: This is a very economical economical formulation for large numbers of trees.)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 2 F by Foliar Spray (revised 6/4/12 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 2 F by Kioritz Soil Injector (revised 4/23/13 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 2 F by Nu-Arbor Soil Injector (revised 4/23/13 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 2 F by Soil Drench (revised 4/23/13 Fac)
Imidacloprid liquid 4F (42.3%)
(Note: This is a very economical economical formulation for large numbers of trees.)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 4 F by Foliar Spray (4/23/13 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 4 F by Kioritz Soil Injector (4/23/13 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 4 F by Nu-Arbor Soil Injector (4/23/13 Fac)
4 F by Soil Drench (4/23/13 Fac)
Imidacloprid water soluble powder in 1.6 oz packaging
(Note: This is the most commonly stocked formulation.)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 75 WSP (1.6 oz) by Foliar Spray (revised 6/4/12 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 75 WSP (1.6 oz) by Kioritz Soil Injector (revised 4/23/13 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 75 WSP (1.6 oz) by Nu-Arbor Soil Injector (revised 4/23/13 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 75 WSP (1.6 oz) by Soil Drench (revised 4/23/13 Fac)
Imidacloprid water soluble powder in 2.25 oz packaging
(Note: Be sure the product is labeled for adelgids; most products in this size packaging are not.)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 75 WSP (2.25 oz) by Foliar Spray (6/4/12 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 75 WSP (2.25 oz) by Kioritz Soil Injector (10/24/12 Fac)
■ Applying Imidacloprid 75 WSP (2.25 oz) by Soil Drench (12/3/12 Fac)
Imidacloprid in tablet form
(Note: This formulation is mostly for back-country locations without access to water.)
■ Applying Imidacloprid by Coretect Tablets (revised 3/8/13 Fac)
Dinotefuran 20% soluble granules
(Note: This product is recommended for very large infested trees >20" in diameter at breast height or heavily infested trees on any size.)
■ Applying Safari 20 SG by Kioritz Soil Injector (revised 3/3/13 Fac)
■ Applying Safari 20 SG by Nu-Arbor Soil Injector (revised 3/3/13 Fac)
■ Applying Safari 20 SG by Soil Drench (revised 3/3/13 Fac) - includes small batch instructions
■ Applying Safari 20 SG by Trunk Spray (revised 3/3/13 Fac) - includes small batch instructions
Dinotefuran 70% water soluble powder
(Note: This product is hard to find in stores in the southeast.)
■ Applying Transtect 70 WSP by Kioritz Soil Injector (revised 3/3/13 Fac)
■ Applying Transtect 70 WSP by Nu-Arbor Soil Injector (revised 3/3/13 Fac)
■ Applying Transtect 70 WSP by Soil Drench (revised 3/3/13 Fac) - includes small batch instructions
■ Applying Transtect 70 WSP by Trunk Spray (revised 3/3/13 Fac) - includes small batch instructions
The ultimate short-cut instruction for Facilitators is the four-up quick reference card:
■ Quick Reference Mixing & Dosing Instructions (revised 3/12/13 Fac) -- This document consists of two pages of 4" x 5.25" cards that can be printed back-to-front, cut, and laminated as wallet/pocket cards. One side shows Imidacloprid products and provides mixing instructions for the powder and liquid formulations listed above and the dosing instructions for Kioritz soil injection and soil drench. The other side contains the mixing instructions for Safari 20 SG, the dosing instructions for Kioritz soil injection, soil drench, and trunk spray, as well as mixing and dosing instructions for small custom batch soil drench or trunk spray. Like the one-page instruction documents above, this version of the quick reference card includes information on grams of active ingredient.
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