On Saturday, July 21, 2018, Irenee Payne, with Hall County Soil & Water Conservation District, arranged a Native Medicinal Botany Guided Walk & Seminar at Linwood Nature Preserve. The event brought in roughly 40 people from the community, both members of the Georgia Native Plant Society and general public were in attendance; the audience included a wide range of botany expertise and covered age groups from as young as 7-years-old. Speakers included Margaret Rasmussen, the Executive Director of The Redbud Project Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society; Pam Eakins of the Ladies Homestead Gathering here in Hall County; and Karin Hicks of the Georgia Native Plant Society. The morning included a history of the native flora of the Gainesville Ridges, a presentation on making tinctures, and presentations/guided walk on plant identification.
Pond Management Seminar
On Thursday, August 02, 2018, sponsored by Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D, UGA Extension, DNR, NRCS, and Hall County and Upper Chattahoochee Conservation Districts arranged a Pond Management Seminar at Lake Laceola, nestled in a mountain community near the heart of Cleveland, Georgia. Despite heavy rain all throughout the morning, Steve Dean and Joseph Gaynor welcomed over 40 people to their Lake Laceola community; in attendance were NRCS affiliates; members of Hall County, Stephens County, Upper Chattahoochee River, and Blue Ridge Mountain Conservation Districts; and Aquascape Environmental. Speakers included Steven Patrick of UGA Extension, Chris Looney of Georgia DNR, and Chelsea Cutler of NRCS. People in attendance learned about water quality maintenance and the removal of invasive species, and those in attendance were able to see a pond shocking demonstration from the DNR.
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