Homeowner Information

Community Chipping Day April 8, 2019

CThe Board is pleased to announce our first chipping day of 2019 is scheduled to occur April 8.  As before, we ask that you place your limbs and debris in front of your lot in the easement beside the road Mar. 27-31.  Also, please email Becki that you wish to participate, and let us know if you need assistance in removing your debris.

Misc. Updates

  • SHERIFF’S COMMUNITY WATCH PROGRAM – We have been asked to participate with Blackberry Mountain in the Sheriff’s Community Watch Program. Major Mike Gobble, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department is heading up this program. It will be more successful if both communities post signs at all entrances, alerting everyone that our communities participate in the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Community Watch Program.
  • PACKAGE DELIVERIES – Please remember to pick up delivered packages as soon as you are notified. Some have been left for weeks, taking up space that we don’t have.  Please be sure to sign by your name on our package sign-out sheet.
  • SPEED LIMITS – The roads in our community are narrow and many areas have very limited sight distance. For the safety of residents, pets and other vehicles, please slow down, drive with caution and observe the posted speed limits. If you have visitors or service contractors, it may help to also make them aware of the speed limits inside the community.
  • SERVICE VEHICLES – Please remember the River’s Edge Rules 2012, “Section IV: D (e) If blocking of roadways is unavoidable, warning signs must be installed for the duration of the obstruction.” According to the Covenants, Article II, Section 2.01 (j) “No vehicles or automobiles may be regularly parked overnight on any road, except for vehicles operated by intermittent or periodic guests.”



Bear Sightings

Orchard Circle, by Brian McDaniel

Orchard Circle by Penni McDaniel

Updated August 2018- -In 20017 and 2018, we have had multiple bear sightings at different times of the day and night. While wild bears are intriguing, they are wild.  Unfortunately, feeding bears intentionally or accidentally can result in dangerous situations between bears and humans.   When bears have access to ‘easy-to-get non-natural’ foods such as garbage, pet food, birdseed, deer corn, etc., they will ignore their traditional natural diet (berries, insects, grasses and meat).  In time, these bears learn to associate the non-natural foods with people, losing their natural fear of humans, becoming a “trained” nuisance bear and may even become dangerous, having to be destroyed.  PLEASE for your safety and theirs, do not leave any type food out where it can be accessible to wild animals.  If you have visitors please make sure to pass this information on.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Firewise Community

River’s Edge Estates has received our Firewise Certification signs have been posted in neighborhood. Also, we have joined the Community Association Watch and will be posting signs which note our participation in this program as well. Residents please participate in Firewise and learn the importance of cleaning up deadfall in our community.

Check out this information and learn more at FIREWISE.ORG

About the Firewise Communities Program
Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.

Wildfire Preparedness – Find out what the experts know about the best way to make your home and neighborhood safer from wildfire. From the basics of defensible space and sound landscaping techniques to research on how homes ignite (and what you can do about it), there are tips, tools and teachings you can use!

Share your knowledge with others using our Firewise Toolkit tip sheets, our Communicators’ Guide, or our videos and Public Service Announcements (PSAs).



Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

“Native to Asia, the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) is a small, aphidlike insect that threatens the health and sustainability of eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and Carolina hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana) in the Eastern United States. Hemlock woolly adelgid was first reported in the Eastern United States in 1951 near Richmond, Virginia. By 2005, it was established in portions of 16 States from Maine to Georgia, where infestations covered about half of the range of hemlock. Areas of extensive tree mortality and decline are found throughout the infested region, but the impact has been most severe in some areas of Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.”  Hemlock decline and mortality typically occur within 4 to 10 years of infestation in the insect’s northern range, but can occur in as little as 3 to 6 years in its southern range. Other hemlock stressors, including drought, poor site conditions, and insect and disease pests such as elongate hemlock scale (Fiorinia externa), hemlock looper (Lambdina fiscellaria fiscellaria), spruce spider mite (Oligonychus ununguis), hemlock borer (Melanophila fulvogutta), root rot disease (Armillaria mellea), and needlerust (Melampsora parlowii), accelerate the rate and extent of hemlock mortality.” – From Pest Alert

Click here for information regarding various methods of treatment and the associated chemicals.

Please note that Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or later is required to read these documents. Also, the Dinotefuran and Imidacloprid documents are large (more than you ever wanted to know) and will require a dsl or other broadband connection to download in a reasonable time frame.
Chemical Watch