An ambitious and very environmentally conscious clean up took place in June of 2015. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (east side) was inundated with litter. A clean up campaign was organized, and a very few volunteers did an absolutely amazing job of restoring the far east side of the RSBBAA to a safe, and natural wildlife viewing habitat. The far east side of the RSBBAA is that area of land east of the “South West off leash dog park” and west of the “City of Saskatoon Civic Operations Center” (Bus Barns) construction site.
3300 kilograms (7275 Pounds) of trash, chesterfields, construction materials with nails, shingles, and tires were removed on that Saturday. “One woman and a baby along with four men cleaned out hundreds of old shingles, chunks of concrete, barrels of oil, old lumber and more. They toiled in the heat, joined by an army of ticks, a City worker and a Loraas bin.”(Montgomery Place Community Association)
A 2013 model Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 3300 kilograms. A car is about half that amount, A 2009 Ford Taurus weighs 1,652 kilograms, so the amount removed from the forest in spring of 2015 was the weight of two average cars. Coincidentally, “the largest yo-yo in the world weighs an unbelievable 3,300 kilograms. Unsurprisingly, nobody can use it unless they have a crane”~Noel Botham To get a further idea of 3,300 kilograms, Cows (heifers) weigh in at about 300kg so 3300 kg is about 11 cows. An average male hippopotamus, weighs in between 3,000 to 4,000 kilograms.
Packnpaddle states on facebook, that “In the words of Robert Swan, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” On Saturday, June 6, a handful of determined volunteers gathered at the Richard St. Barbe Baker afforestation area in southwest Saskatoon. The group had one mission in mind – to take action to restore the forest to its natural beauty.”
“The fate of an individual or a nation will always be determined by the degree of his or its harmony with the forces and laws of Nature and the universe. Man is not alone in the universe but is surrounded by sources of power, harmony and knowledge. The fullness of life depends upon man’s harmony with the totality of the natural cosmic laws. Our individual evolution is a job that has to be carried on day by day by each individual himself. It is a livelong task.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker
“Thank you to the volunteers who worked hard to clean up the forest area south of Montgomery Place. A motion was passed at the June 2015 meeting that the MPCA support sustaining the St. Barbe Baker Forest as an urban forest of significance.” ~Montgomery Place Community Association.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” !Oscar Wilde
“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another:. ~Erma Bombeck The volunteers for the spring of 2015 clean up came from Montgomery Place Community Association, Cedar Villar Estates and the City of Saskatoon. Thank you kindly.
(The above article is about laast year’s clean up. The clean up in 2016 takes place July 9)
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For more information:
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
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