In 2015 No Dumping and No Motorized Vehicles signs were installed on the perimeter of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. “No dumping of any material Fines up to $25,000 Bylaw #8310 CoS 975-2486 to report illegal dumping. No motorized vehicles allowed. City of Saskatoon. Illegal dumping has been an ongoing issue for a number of years, and in the spring of 2015, community volunteers removed a total of 3300 kilograms (7275 Pounds) of trash, chesterfields, construction materials with nails, shingles, and tires were removed from the east side of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.
“Illegal dumping is a blight on the landscape. If you don’t want it in your backyard, what makes you think we want it in ours? Do the right thing and dispose of your unwanted waste legally. We are operating at a zero tolerance to this long standing issue, it’s time for a change.(source)”
Investigation of illegal trash dumping is initiated by complaint. Charges can be as high as $25,000. Additionally the discarding of debris considered “Compostible” or Organic waste, is also not allowed at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Wood chips, branches, felled trees, bushes, plants, are all still considered illegal dumping, and may also prove to be devastating to the afforestation area. The vulnerability of the forest varies, and the introduction of invasive species or Dutch Elm disease by illegal dumping places the afforestation area at risk of contamination and needs to be handled properly. It is better to proceed on the side of caution, properly bag and take all organic and garden waste to the proper facilities. Prevention is definitely the key to maintaining and preserving the forest for many generations to come.
The City of Saskatoon has two compost areas One compost area is located west of Sk provincial highway seven north of the 11th Street intersection. Check with the city for hours of operation and accepted materials.
” We feel that our greatest victory remains to be won when man will realize his oneness with the trees, the creatures and with all living things, not ours to destroy, but to be handed on for the enjoyment of future generations.” – Richard St. Barbe Baker.
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
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)” .
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET