Monday, May 24, 2021
Time: 10-3pm
Leader(s): Jess Riddle, Donna Shearer
Partners making it possible: Save Georgia’s Hemlocks & US Forest Service
Location: Ash trees near Chattooga River and Lake Russel area

Outing Description:
Help protect some of the last healthy ash trees in our National Forests against the invasive emerald ash borer! We will use soil injectors to chemically protect two groves of ash trees that we treated back in 2019. One is on the south side of US76 a little way west of the Chattooga River, and the other is along FSR 92D going up Soapstone Mountain. We recently visited both groves, and the earlier treatments appear to have been effective. Donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of applications. Learn more about protecting ash trees at

Meeting Place Directions: 
Along US Highway 76 near the GA/SC state line. 34.812604, -83.312922 From Clayton head east on US-76 E/Hwy 76 towards South Carolina. Go 7.7 mi and look for a small grassy pull off area on the right (south side) next to a big brown National Forest sign. After training and treating at this location we will all drive to Soapstone Mountain Area 34.4884389,-83.4177778.

See meeting place on Google Maps

Distance and Difficulty:  
No previous experience necessary and we will be working in groups of 2 or 3. Not too much walking but the first site has ash trees growing on steep slopes and along streams we will need to get to. We will be using arms a bit and carrying a pump style applicator between trees, as well as documenting details along the way.

What to Bring and Wear: 
Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes are required. Lunch, lot’s of water, raingear if needed, ability to follow instructions, and good spirit!

Cancellation: If Outing is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will notify you via email by 6:00 pm on the evening before.

Pet Policy: No pets this time please.

Participation Limit: 10

This Outing has been postponed!