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Save Your Hemlocks

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Here's the Problem.  You are probably aware that Hemlocks in north Georgia are dying due to the predation of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), a tiny, aphid-like insect that was accidentally introduced to the east coast from Asia decades ago and has now reached our area.  In all counties of northeast and north central Georgia, infestations are spreading with alarming speed.

How Bad Is it?  Most of these magnificent trees in our national forests may die within the next 10 years because of the enormous scope of the problem and the limited resources available.  And while valiant efforts are being made by the three beetle labs in Georgia to develop a viable, long-term biological solution (predatory beetles vs. Woolly Adelgids), the clock is ticking and trees are dying.  The aesthetic, environment, and economic impact of their loss in our north Georgia mountains is incalculable.

But There's Good News.  You can change that prophecy for your Hemlocks.  You can save them!  Of all the Georgia acres containing Hemlocks, over 75% are privately owned.  As majority stake-holders, private landowners stand to lose the most or contribute most to saving the species.  

My Mission


  Me and my faithful

My name is Dr. Mark Shearer, and I want to help you help your Hemlocks live!  I'm a retired English teacher with 30+ years of experience in teaching and research.  I moved from the Atlanta area to Dahlonega with my wife in 2002.

I first became concerned about the Hemlock problem when it showed up on my property along Yahoola Creek, so I studied and became licensed to treat my own trees.  Then, wanting to be able to help my neighbors and others, I also acquired the necessary commercial and contractor's licenses and am offering my services throughout north Georgia.  I've been treating trees now for three years and am one of the only professionals in the state who specializes in treating Hemlocks.

As a life-long outdoors enthusiast, I have a deep appreciation of the natural beauty that surrounds us, due in no small measure to our wonderful evergreen forests.  I'm also keenly aware of the role these forests have for the local tourism industry, real estate markets, recreational offerings, environmental health and diversity, and overall quality of life.

My company's philosophy is to be a good steward of the earth; to use time, energy, and knowledge proactively to preserve our vital resources; and to give back to the community generously for the sake of our shared future.  I believe in doing the right things for the right reasons and treating people honestly, fairly, and respectfully.


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