HemlockFest

Event Date

Friday, November 6, 2020
All Day

Schedule

Dates & times for November 2020
Friday, November 6, 2020 All Day
Saturday, November 7, 2020 All Day
Sunday, November 8, 2020 All Day

Venue

Dahlonega
396 Starbridge Road
Murrayville GA 30564

Social

HemlockFest, hosted by the Lumpkin Coalition, is an annual festival held the first full weekend in November. The Festival and the proceeds from the festival are used to increase public awareness of Eastern and Carolina hemlock tree problems and to provide financial support for Area Colleges and Universities in their efforts to save the Hemlocks. HemlockFest is a three day music festival that includes camping and fun for all ages. Proceeds are used to help save North Georgia’s Hemlock trees and restore American chestnut trees! 

If you’ve ever hiked through the forests of Northern Georgia, you know the Eastern Hemlocks. They are large, graceful trees with gently drooping branches providing dense shade and incredible beauty. Hemlocks contribute to the health of the entire ecosystem. They are slow growing and long lived, more shade tolerant than any other tree, and can grow in moist, acidic, high-elevation areas where few other trees can thrive. The shade they create buffers the temperature of streams, the shelter they provide is habitat for many wildlife and bird species, and their mighty roots prevent land erosion.

But our hemlocks are dying. The non-native hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a parasitic insect killing the hemlock trees of Appalachia at an alarming rate. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that HWA has already killed millions of hemlocks across their native range, and it continues its devastating march in North Georgia.

HemlockFest proceeds aid efforts to minimize the impact of HWA in Georgia. HemlockFest is a major supporter of predator beetle rearing labs at area colleges and universities. The effort to introduce predator beetles, which feed on HWA and are a safe and effective biological control, may help to save our forests and preserve our quality-of-life.

Since 2016, HemlockFest also supports local efforts to bring back a mighty giant of the Appalachian forest – the American Chestnut tree. A century ago these trees were the dominant hardwood tree here, but were almost completely wiped out by an invasive fungal blight. The American Chestnut Foundation has made progress in developing a blight-resistant tree, and reintroduction is beginning.

Find out more about the hemlock crisis and how you can help save this remarkable tree species by visiting www.LumpkinCoalition.org.

Learn more about American Chestnut efforts by visiting https://www.acf.org/ga/.

So they may live…

Amenities
Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
  • Parking on Site
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Admission