The Value of One, the Power of Many

As Earth Week begins, we also bring attention to

National Volunteer Week April 18-24, 2021, with a theme The Value of One, The Power of Many.

This is such a perfect theme, as it echoes the province of Saskatchewan’s motto, Multis e gentibus vires from many peoples strength.

This National Volunteer week theme also resonates with the slogan initiated for the Watu Wa Miti by Richard St. Barbe Baker founding the International Tree Foundation in 1922. The slogan, TWAHMWE, means “All as one” or Pull together.

Twahmwe is a word from the Kikuyu (also Agĩkũyũ/Gĩkũyũ), a Bantu ethnic group native to Central Kenya. It was here in Kenya that Richard St. Barbe Baker received his first posting as assistant conservator of forests after graduation as a silviculturist from Cambridge.

So, this week, it is a great time to celebrate environmental stewardship, and the amazing volunteers who have done ever so much in reclaiming and taking back the afforestation areas as urban regional parks for the citizens of this great city to enjoy for current and future generations.

The Fatlanders FatTire Brigade volunteers are there maintaining trails for people to appreciate nature and come out in awe of the man-made forest on the prairies.

SOS Trees Inc. come out time and time again to help restore the afforestation areas greenspace ecosystems during clean ups, and to support trees. The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. have learned so much from SOS Trees Inc. in the care of trees and the urban forest, and this is so much appreciated. Additionally, SOS Trees Inc. included Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in their latest release of the SOS Trees Tree Guide pocket tour book. Thank you for the inclusion of the progress reports on the afforestation areas in their annual newsletter.

Loraas, the City of Saskatoon environmental protections, parks, YXE green infrastructure strategy (sustainability), land branch, and the Meewasin Valley Authority are always there to help with environmental clean ups to help create safe park space environments for people, species at risk and the semi-wilderness habitat at large. Urban Forestry is there with forest checks, and to provide a guiding hand.

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas volunteers are amazing in their dedication to the afforestation areas celebrating the natural, cultural, geological, historical, geographical heritage creating value for the residents of City of Saskatoon as we celebrate two 50th anniversaries, one 40th anniversary, a 100 centennial anniversary, and a 70th anniversary coming up. Wow! This is ever so exciting to explore these amazing events with the residents of the City of Saskatoon, and with the International Tree Foundation and Trees Canada internationally and nationally. Stay tuned for event announcements, and let us know if you would like to help plan celebrations! Even during COVID, there are safe ways to have a party or a virtual party and celebrations.

The community associations in the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon residents and corporate sponsors have been truly and greatly appreciated throughout the years. The work that is being done for the afforestation areas could not be done without you!

The various green groups in Saskatoon have been so excellent, whether it is the Wild About Saskatoon group who puts on the NatureCity festival and also wrote an article about their experience out at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. The Saskatoon Nature Society who have hosted nature tours in the afforestation areas and have included the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in their latest release of Nature and Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon. Outdoors Sask who have supported the afforestation areas. Additionally, the North East Swale Watchers, Nature Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, Saskatchewan Horticultural Society, the Climate Hub, Permaculture Saskatchewan and Saskatoon green groups are all networking together. We have learned so much from all of these varied groups as we share information and network together for the betterment of greenspaces in the City of Saskatoon.

The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Global News, Shaw TV, CBC radio Morning Show, CFCR, the Saskatoon Media Group, the home of CJWW, 92.9 The BULL, 98COOL and Homefield have all been superlative in sharing the stories of the afforestation areas.

The south west off leash dog walkers are impressed with the afforestation area named in remembrance and in honour of Richard St. Barbe Baker’s legacy. The dog walkers support the bio-blitz iNaturalist efforts with reports on the semi-wilderness habitat sightings, they engage in stewardship roles every spring and fall keeping the park space cleaned up, and they are ever thirsty for more information about the park space which they and their pooch enjoy so much.

We are very sorry if we have missed any of our fantastic supporters and volunteers. (please email us and let us know) Know that each and every one of you have done wonders in supporting the value of the afforestation areas, and it’s unique and one of a kind heritage.

Stay tuned for upcoming events, how to be a volunteer and how to support your urban regional parks on the west side of Saskatoon! The history of the afforestation areas shows that it has been indeed The Value of One, The Power of Many volunteers to be able to enjoy afforestation areas as greenspaces taken back by the citizens themselves. Thank you for all the time and people who appreciate these “man-made forests on the prairies” to enjoy as urban regional parks and who truly take action on climate change and protect the varied eco-system as valued stewards and stakeholders. Afforestation is wonderful as a nature-based solution to climate change, and yet after the trees are planted, there needs to also be caring of the trees.

Richard St. Barbe Baker, the afforestation area namesake encouraged the Watu Wa Miti or forest guardians to take a pledge to plant ten trees a year, take care of trees everywhere, and do one good deed every day. So this is a resounding and heartfelt thank you to all the afforestation area volunteers throughout the years who have taken these urban regional parks back and reclaimed them as city parks after they fell off the radar and were forgotten about. They were preserved in perpetuity in 1972, and as people come out to the afforestation areas, winter, spring, summer or fall, there are so many expostulations about the wonders of phenology, and the delight in having this “man-made forest on the prairies” inside of the City of Saskatoon.

Thank you.

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So doesn’t this all sound remarkable! Do you wish to also volunteer? We have opportunities listed here

And, also, we are always looking for people to be citizen scientists and come out to the afforestation areas in their COVID bubbles to track and take pictures of plants, animals, bugs, or mushrooms by using the iNaturalist or eBird app to help and assist the City of Saskatoon and Meewasin to compile an ecological assessment database of the afforestation areas.

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Eco-Quest :

George Genereux Urban Regional Park Eco-Quest:

Check out the iNaturalist.pdf pamphlet!

There are also new eBird hotspots for the afforestation areas also for your bird sightings, and your bird counts!

We wish you luck with what you spy with your little eye.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
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′
Addresses:
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
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.com
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

“Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.”
-Anne Lamott

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Earth Day phenology

Earth Day April 22

What are you doing for Earth Day this spring?

What a great time to discover phenological changes. How does winter change to spring? What kinds of leaf budding and inflorescence blooming can you see? How are your entomological skills as the weather warms up? Perhaps your skills lay in the field of ophiology or herpetology.

Check out the iNaturalist.pdf pamphlet! In your iNaturalist tree observation include the full photo of the tree, the tree bark and the end of a branch or a twig to help with identification! If it is an evergreen make a note if the needle rolls easily between two finger and is round, or if when rolled the needle feels square. 

Besides capturing the imagery of plants, flowers and trees, find out if you can sight an animal, insect or bird!

Perhaps when out walking this spring, a discovery will be made regarding the Trembling Aspen bluffs. Pay attention, as each bluff is a clone, and the trembling aspen trees you see all belong to one root, and are all one large entity. That’s not all, some Trembling Aspen bluffs are female, and others are male. In the spring when the catkins can be seen is the best time to determine if the Trembling Aspen bluff is male of female! How many Trembling Aspen bluffs are out in the afforestation areas? How many of these clonal groupings are male, and how many are female>

We would be happy to get you acquainted with iNaturalist and how fun it is to use or if you having problems using iNaturalist, just Email friendsafforestation@gmail.com and we can certainly arrange a zoom meeting with you about using iNaturalist!

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Eco-Quest :

Baker Area Eco-Quest

George Genereux Urban Regional Park Eco-Quest:

Genereux Park Eco-Quest

Check out the iNaturalist.pdf pamphlet!

There are also new eBird hotspots for the afforestation areas also for your bird sightings, and your bird counts!

We wish you luck with what you spy with your little eye.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
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′
Addresses:
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
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.com
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven. And learn tranquility.”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

“Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.”
-Anne Lamott

Wildlife celebration

Mon., Apr. 5, 2021 – Sun., Apr. 11, 2021

So, here we are at the commencement of National Wildlife Week.

There are a few initiatives to check out. One is the EcoFriendly Sask Wildlife App. It is a great virtual online introduction to wildlife. What a perfect way to get familiar with what you have seen outdoors in the afforestation areas.

The other fantastic activity to take part in is to take pictures via your smart phone app while in the afforestation areas using iNaturalist. There is a fantastic community to help you make identifications of what you have seen in the forest, and the app uses a special recognition software package.

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Eco-Quest :

Baker Area Eco-Quest

George Genereux Urban Regional Park Eco-Quest:

Genereux Park Eco-Quest

Check out the iNaturalist.pdf pamphlet!

There are also new eBird hotspots for the afforestation areas also for your bird sightings, and your bird counts!

What will you do during National Wildlife Week in these two amazing semi-wilderness areas?

We wish you luck with what you spy with your little eye.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
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′
Addresses:
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
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.com
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“To be standing together in a frosty field, looking up into the sky, marvelling at birds and revelling in the natural world around us, was a simple miracle. And I wondered why we were so rarely able to appreciate it.”

Lynn Thomson

“Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.”
-Anne Lamott

#GenerationRestoration


UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration #GenerationRestoration hashtag and tag @UNEP and @FAO
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration #GenerationRestoration hashtag and tag @UNEP and @FAO

Ecosystem restoration is a winning investment, with every $1 spent bringing $10-15 in return. And smart restoration plans will be key to #BuildBackGreener from #COVID19. Learn more and join #GenerationRestoration: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/


The next 10 years are critical in combating climate change and saving 1 million species from extinction. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’s strategy identifies 10 actions that can make a difference. Learn more about #GenerationRestoration: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/strategy


Nature holds the key to 1/3 of the climate solution.
We need ecosystem restoration to stay below 2°C global temperature rise.
We need to grow trees and they need to be the right trees, at the right place and the right time.
We need #GenerationRestoration: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/


We cannot achieve the #GlobalGoals unless our ecosystems are healthy.
From productive farmlands to reach Zero Hunger to forests to protect life on land, vibrant ecosystems underpin our push for a better future.
Be part of #GenerationRestoration: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/


3.2 billion people are affected by land degradation.
It impacts the food they produce and the water they drink.
We need to heal our ecosystems to heal ourselves – it’s time for everyone to join #GenerationRestoration: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/

Support Locally @afforestationareas: Canada Helps


Our precious ecosystems bring so many benefits.

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Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through it is never the same water and is never still. It’s always changing and is always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too.

Aiden Chambers

Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.

Open to the outdoors

Saskatoon Morning with Leisha Grebinski – March 22, 2021: Open to the Outdoors: Julia Adamson

There was an excellent opportunity for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. to meet with Leisha and her amazing team at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

If you would like to hear the radio show, it is online

“During the lockdown those that can, have been flocking into green spaces and urban forests for physical exercise and mental calming.  ..

Isolation and prevention measures are putting the critical importance to society of urban green spaces in a completely new light, intensifying existing dynamics and creating new ones. ” (From stories on trees: urban forests and green space during COVID-19 pandemic)

Forests and greenspaces are amazing places to destress from COVID protocols in a low risk activity. However, when you walk, cycle, snowshoe on the trails, remember they are dirt trails, and not urban city asphalt trails. Walking around puddles and off the trails, may mean you are squishing species at risk. Getting a large urban footprint on trails when they are mud-puddly means that the trails are much harder to use when the wet spring season has passed, and people want to enjoy trails when it is dry again. The Fatlanders Fat Bike Brigade volunteers put many hours of grooming into the trails over the long winter months. So, long story short, no matter how you are persuing active transportation in any of the city parks, be aware of the ground and if it is soaking wet and how we can all do our part to take care of the forest and the trails now that spring is around the corner.

“Even when trails are mostly dry, and ok to ride [walk or jog], there can still be lingering puddles and muddy sections. If it’s not a bad enough puddle that it will cause lasting trail damage and you are going to ride [walk] through, make sure you ride [walk] through the middle of the puddle. Going around puddles widens trails, and will only make puddles worse.”(Source)

YouTubePlaylist
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.com
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven. And learn tranquility.”

— Richard St. Barbe Baker

Planting and growing increasing quantities of trees is the scientific solution to Earth’s environmental dilemna

Richard St. Barbe Baker

The ocean, our climate, our weather

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. are proud to take action for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) We need to plan, and take action “to deliver, together, the ocean we need for the future we want!

March 23 is World Meteorological Day with a 2021 theme of – The ocean, our climate and weather. This day is devoted to taking action on climate change, as we watch the change meteorological weather patterns.

 “We forget that we owe our existence to  the presence of Trees.   As far as forest  cover goes, we have never been in such a vulnerable position as we are today.  The  only answer is to plant more Trees – to  Plant Trees for Our Lives.” says Richard St. Barbe Baker

To take action on climate change it is very easy to take the Forest Guardian pledge created by Richard St. Barbe Baker which is to plant ten trees every years, take care of trees everywhere, and to do one good deed every day.

So, how in the middle of the prairie provinces, in a moist mixed grasslands can the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. support the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development?

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas held two amazing Clean Green Community Scene Trash Cleanups, one in 2016 and there were actually another two the fall of 2021, as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The GCSC is a “ national conservation program that provides Canadians the opportunity to take action in their communities wherever water meets land, one bit of trash at a time.

The afforestation areas are located in the West Swale Wetlands. The West Swale drains into the South Saskatchewan River. The North and South Saskatchewan Rivers join to create the Saskatchewan River which empties in Lake Winnipeg. The waters of Lake Winnipeg eventually drain into Hudson Bay, via the Nelson River. By cleaning up the afforestation areas, this has a huge impact downstream, and for our oceans.

YouTubePlaylist
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.com
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through it is never the same water and is never still. It’s always changing and is always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too.

Aiden Chambers

Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.

West Swale Wetlands

WORLD WATER DAY

March 22, 2021

Today is World Water Day!   Forests, grasslands and water (wetlands) all play a part acting as a carbon sink, and reduce greenhouse gases.  World Water Day is a United Nations observance.

“The trees and vegetation which cover the land surface of the Earth and delight the eye, are therefore performing vital tasks incumbent upon the vegetable world in nature. The glorious rich, colourful, quilted covering of vegetation is not there merely to feed and please us. Its presence is essential to Earth as an organism. It is the first condition to Earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life; it is the ‘skin of the Earth, for without it there can be no water and, therefore, no life. ” Richard St. Barbe Baker.

Council of Canadians’ Blue Communities Project encourages us all to take action now.

The Saskatoon Afforestation areas i.e. Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park, provide many recreational opportunities in a semi-wilderness setting such a bird watching, cycling, cross-country skiing, nature hikes, and photography. The areas offer significant wildlife habitat and a corridor for movement as they are major parts of a larger natural swale (West Swale) that connects natural habitat north of the Hwy 7 railway overpass and the CN line heading west with the Ducks Unlimited Chappell Marsh Conservation Area on the south. This in turn connects the South Saskatchewan River valley, Saskatoon’s major wildlife corridor. The areas have marshlands as well as lands re-naturalized by tree planting. The area drains into the river upstream from Saskatoon’s water intake, making removal of trash and hazardous waste such as oils and antifreeze which can leach into the soils and water table imperative.

Challenge

For our challenge today, we would like you to email to us at friendsafforestation@gmail.com what you think would belong in a list for the Rights of Rivers! We will revisit the  International Day of Action for Rivers from March 14, think of how you, personally can take action forWorld Water Day! The theme for International Day of Action for Rivers 2021 is celebrating the Rights of RiversWe have a spectacular challenge for our Winter Staycation for you!  Download the World of Water Day Communication Package

Today World Water Day it is a day to think about the South Saskatchewan watershed! What is the South Saskatchewan watershed you say?

South Saskatchewan River Basin Shannon_1 CC4.0

This above picture shows the river basin, the catchment area, or the drainage basin for the South Saskatchewan River. This is a contemporary image of the south Saskatchewan River Basin. The image which follows shows the formation of the West Swale from the Yorath Island Glacial Spillway. The hydrological surface drainage patterns shown in the topological map above are a stark difference to the glacial spillway below which shows that the waters in the Glacial North Saskatchewan combined with Glacial Rice Lake. When the waters from the retreating glacier reached a great volume, the shoreline of Glacial Rice Lake could not contain the water anymore. and there was a sudden surge of spillwaters through the Yorath Island Channel and the Moon Lake Channel cascading in an eruption across the Cory Plains until the waters were stopped in the Glacial South Saskatchewan Lake. Yorath Island was formed from the deposited till and rubble of this Pleistocene Glacial event. Today we create river drainage maps for the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers. The glacial spillway with its huge surge of water created a momentous and catastrophic joining between the two basin areas. Because of the land topography, there are remains of the Yorath Island Channel and the Moon Lake Channel seen today on Google Satellite maps, and they show evidence of the rich and lush riparian waterway which once existed, and which is still connected through underground springs and wetlands.

Yorath Island Channel, Moon Lake Channel, Sutherland Channel and Cory Plain Channel Pleistocene Era South Sk River Valley 2588000 to 117000 years ago Adapted from Larry Edwin Hodges
Yorath Island Channel, Moon Lake Channel, Sutherland Channel and Cory Plain Channel Pleistocene Era South Sk River Valley 2588000 to 117000 years ago Adapted from Larry Edwin Hodges

This was a contributing factor to the formation of the South Saskatchewan River as we know it today. As you walk in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation area imagine the Pleistocene ice age mammals startled by the glacial spillway. Imagine this same ice age mammals creating new trails along the two new rivers in the Moon Lake Channel and the Yorath Island Spillway. Wonder as they wandered to the water’s edge for a drink of water. Where would the Palaeo-Indian fit into this scenario? Would they similarly follow the animal trails? Would they hunt the ancient ice age mammoths. Would the Palaeo-Indian find the two new rivers in the Moon Lake Channel and the Yorath Island Spillway handy to help them forage, and find food to eat? There were major encampments found where these channels met the Glacial South Saskatchewan Lake. As you walk in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, imagine living during the time of ice age mammoths.

Then, appreciate the semi-wilderness habitat we have in Saskatoon today. Along with the waterfowl, do we have other animals using the West Swale Wetlands named after B.T. Chappell as Chappell Marsh? Have you spotted a muskrat or any ducks, geese, herons, or terns? The West Swale is a geological treasure in the City of Saskatoon.

During this day, International Day of Action for Rivers, think of how you, personally can take action for the International Day of Action for Rivers! The theme for 2021 is celebrating the Rights of Rivers

Today think of geology, and geography, and the history of ancient rivers which formed today’s rivers which we appreciated so much.

For our Winter Staycation challenge today, we would like you to email to us at friendsafforestation@gmail.com what you think would belong in a list for the Rights of Rivers!

Download our local wetlands bird checklist Pamphlet

The areas have 17 acres of wetland marshes as well as 143 acres of woodlands re-naturalized by tree planting. The area drains into the river upstream from Saskatoon’s water intake, bringing to the forefront a call for environmental stewardship. The eco-system management programme monitors substances which leach into the soils and water table.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
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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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

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Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment.~ Yayoi Kusama

“This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation.” — Leonardo DiCaprio

Leveraging the NCL to Support Local Climate Action


Leveraging the National Climate League to Support Local Climate Action
On-line Climate Networking Event
April 1, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The National Climate League (NCL) is a comprehensive, multi-indicator report card for cities across Canada.  Come to this on-line event to learn more about how to leverage the comparative scores of cities, including Saskatoon and Regina, to help support your cause.  NCL tracks a wide range of indicator for cities similar to Saskatoon and Regina, such as tree canopy, bike lanes, energy generation and building codes.

This event is an opportunity to connect with different individual and organization working towards climate action or sustainable development in Saskatoon and Regina.  If you are looking for help on a specific project in the coming months, or you are looking for a volunteer with a specific skill set, there will be an “open-mic” session to pitch one-minute ideas and share a bit about your organization at the end of the evening.

To register, please go to:  https://forms.gle/AoxtYKEUVK4TyjNj6.  If you prefer not to use google docs, a registration form is attached which you can return to this email address.  Please feel free to circulate this message to others who might be interested.

Sincerely,
Margret Asmuss, Aditi Garg, Linda Moskalyk, Tom Gode, Dianne Rhodes, Carroll Chubb and Julia Adamson
We are a group of individuals who want to promote communication and collaboration between individuals and organizations working on climate action.

Download this pdf form to register

Today, March 22 is March 22 is National Water Day and International Water Day, and tomorrow is March 23 is World Meteorological Day with a 2021 theme of – The ocean, our climate and weather and a day to pay attention to climate change and the changing weather patterns.

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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“Every bird, every tree, every flower reminds me what a blessing and privilege it is just to be alive.” – 

Marty Rubin

“A simple act of kindness and compassion towards a single animal may not mean anything to all creatures, but will mean everything to one.”
― Paul Oxton

A city in harmony with nature

Today March 21 is a spectacular day! It is the United Nations International Day of Forests! 

Candace Savage, for Wild about Saskatoon writes:

It is now a year since Saskatoon City Council approved its Green Strategy, pledging to connect, protect and restore our urban green spaces as sustainable habitats for people and other living things. 

This is exciting and forward-looking work and, here at Wild about Saskatoon, we have been wondering how things are moving ahead. What has happened in the months since the Strategy was approved? What steps are being taken to move the plan off the page and into the living landscape of this special place that we call home? How can conserving natural assets help us face the challenges of social dislocation, biodiversity loss and climate change?

With these questions in mind, we are hosting our second NatureCityConversation at 7 PM on Wednesday evening, March 31. Please plan to join us for “A City in Harmony with Nature? An Update on Saskatoon’s Green Strategy,” with Jessie Best, Environmental Project Manager, and Katie Burns, Manager of Community Leadership and Program Development, City of Saskatoon, and Andrea Lafond, CEO of the Meewasin Valley Authority. Special guest: spoken-word artist Janelle “ecoarborijanelle” Pewapsconias. There will be opportunities for questions and comments from the audience.

Please register to ensure you receive the link in advance of this online event.

We look forward to your participation in this important discussion.

“A simple act of kindness and compassion towards a single animal may not mean anything to all creatures, but will mean everything to one.”
― Paul Oxton

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
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′
Addresses:
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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Facebook: South West OLRA
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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.”
― Paul Oxton

Water and Afforestation

March would not be complete without acknowledging World Water Day celebrated on March 22. The theme for 2021 is Valuing Water! #WorldWaterDay and Water2me.

So when you are out enjoying the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, know that learning about the underground natural springs, the wetlands and the formation of the West Swale via the Yorath Island Glacial Spillway is a great way to learn about the South Saskatchewan Watershed which supplies the City of Saskatoon drinking water. A valuable commodity which is supplied by a “free” ecosystem service. This service will only provide supply if we take care of our ecosystem.

The trees and vegetation, which cover the land surface of the Earth and delight the eye, are performing vital tasks incumbent upon the vegetable world in nature. Its presence is essential to earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life; it it the ‘skin’ of the earth, for without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.~Richard St. Barbe Baker

Water ~ critical long range planning

“Of the earth’s thirty billion acres, already nine billion acres are desert. And if a man loses a third of his skin, he dies; plastic surgeons say “He’s had it.” And if a tree loses one-third of its bark, it dies. And if the earth loses one-third of its green mantle of trees, it will die. The water table will sink beyond recall and life on this planet will become impossible. It’s being skinned alive today…” Richard St. Barbe Baker

What is your story about how you value water? Do you value the community volunteer Clean Green Community Scene trash cleanups which keep the West Swale wetlands water fresh and clean? Do you value the Chappell Marsh wetlands located in both Chappell Marsh Conservation Area and in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area which provide habitat for a number of species at risk waterfowl? Check out the iNaturalist.pdf pamphlet!

There are stories indeed about water and how the stewards and stakeholders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestion Areas value water on a variety of levels.

Did you take part in the Government of Canada freshwater management consultation? The consultation paved the way to creating a Canada Water Agency to keep our water fresh and clean! 😉 Read the Government of Canada’s Discussion Paper “Toward the Creation of a Canada Water Agency.” The University of Saskatchewan also discusses this project.

Do you value water? Do you conserve and preserve water at home? Do you appreciate walks alongside the water’s edge and observe the blackbirds, ducks, geese and herons? Do you participate in the community cleanups to keep our wetlands fresh and healthy?

For the Take It Outside Winter Staycation challenge. Email us your wetlands photograph out at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Download our local wetlands bird checklist Pamphlet.

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date! Canada Helps

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through it is never the same water and is never still. It’s always changing and is always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too.

Aiden Chambers

Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.