“The world’s forest ecosystems provide environmental services that benefit, directly or indirectly, all human communities, including watershed protection, regional climatic regulation, fibre, food, drinking water, air purification, carbon storage, recreation, and pharmaceuticals.”~ Ahmed Djoghlaf Executive Secretary Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Climate change is affecting the world’s ecosystems and threatening the economic system, livelihoods and availability of natural resources. Forest ecosystems can be carbon sources or sinks and are therefore integrated in international climate policy.Christopher Reyer, Martin Guericke, and Pierre L. Ibisch. Faculty of Forest and Environment, University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde
As the largest storehouse of carbon after the oceans, forests already absorb and store about 30 per cent of current levels of carbon emissions from fossil fuels and industry into their biomass, soils and wood products, and have the potential to store much more. At present, however, about 12 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to derive from deforestation, a process which is itself made more acute by the impacts of climate change. Forests can also help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change, stabilising and cooling local climates, including water flow and rainfall.Duncan Brack Global Forest Goals – United Nations Forum on Forests
Canada plays an active and constructive role in the [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change] UNFCCC negotiations and was a strong voice in the negotiations towards the establishment of the Paris Agreement.
Canada’s current NDC (PDF) adopts a target to reduce its economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada is required to submit its next NDC by 2025.
Canada has also stated that it will set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.United nation Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Government of Canada.
With the growth and expansion of the City of Saskatoon; there is a need to act locally and think globally and honour Canada’s commitment to the UNFCCC. “The projected total Saskatoon CMA population ranges from 406,209 to 496,083 in 2035. The surrounding municipalities’ populations will grow by between 20,000 and 34,000 people. The total population of the surrounding municipalities is projected to grow from 41,703 in 2015 to between 62,000 and 75,000 by 2035.” City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Census Metropolitan Area Population Projection 2015 to 2035 The region’s population could reach one million by 2063 according to CBC News And. further to this, CTV reports that Saskatoon is one of the fastest growing places in Canada”
How can the 326 acre Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the 147.9 acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park help with climate change during this period of City of Saskatoon and P4G greater Saskatoon growth? The P4G The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park. There is no doubt about it, the afforestation areas are carbon sinks and help offset greenhouse gas emissions from the increased greyscape, urban population, and the attendant increase in greenhouse gases from this growth.
Did you know that one acre of trees produces enough oxygen to keep 18 people alive for one year! George Genereux Park at 147.9 acres would keep 2,662 persons alive per year. Richard St. Barbe Baker park at 326 acres would keep 5,868 persons alive each year. The current 2020 metro population of the City of Saskatoon is 325,000 persons. Of the Saskatoon census metropolitan area reaches 1/2 million by 2035 , then how many acres of trees would be needed?
One tree absorbs about 6 kilograms or 13 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. According to the University of Wisconsin; “One acre of trees absorbs 2.6 tons of CO2 per year”. That’s enough to offset CO2 produced by driving a car 41, 800 km (26, 000 mi) says “Trees in Trust” How many vehicles do an additional 500,000-325,000= 175,000 persons drive? How many acres of trees are needed to offset the CO2 produced by those vehicles?
Now what happens if the Saskatoon census metropolitan area reaches one million by 2063? Whereas the initial 660 acres of afforestation areas were preserved in perpetuity, there were planned in the afforestation policy another 2,200 acres in the long-term planting category. 660 acres- 330 acres – 147.9 acres=186 acres also preserved in perpetuity in Saskatoon.
For more information:
DRAFT P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map
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“The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. ” Wangari Maathai.
“The science of forestry arose from the recognition of a universal need. It embodies the spirit of service to mankind in attempting to provide a means of supplying forever a necessity of life and, in addition, ministering to man’s aesthetic tastes and recreational interests. Besides, the spiritual side of human nature needs the refreshing inspiration which comes from trees and woodlands. If a nations saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. And nations as well as tribes may be brought together in this great movement, based on the ideal of beautifying the world by the cultivation of one of God’s loveliest creatures – the tree.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.