Learn more about St. Barbe

When one finishes the perusal of the life of Richard St. Barbe Baker, they feel a thrill of unbounded admiration.


Never start upon an undertaking until you are sure it is practicable and ought to be done, and then let nothing stand long in the way of accomplishing that undertaking. It is better to deserve success than to have it; few deserve it who do not attain it.

There is no failure in this country for those whose personal habits are good, and who follow some honest calling industriously, unselfishly, and purely. If one desires to succeed, he must pay the pricework!”

In order to succeed, a man must have a purpose fixed, then let his motto be victory or death.

Henry Clay.

This quotation is very similar to the thoughts of the great humanitarian and forester, St. Barbe, ” Anticipate Success.  Let us heal the naked scars in the earth and restore her green mantle.  Let us set our Earth family in order.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker

If you are intrigued to learn more about this amazing fellow, Richard St. Barbe Baker, please visit the University of Saskatchewan library  Archives and Special Collections room.  F Hutchinson prepared a guide to the Richard St. Barbe Baker papers held at the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections Murray Library~ 4th floor. The archivists are most helpful to learn more about the humanitarian and forester, St. Barbe.  As well, A guide to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Papers of Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker is online as a complete pdf file, compiled by Glen Makahonuk, International Tree Foundation in 1978.

These two guides help the researcher find easily and readily the several and diverse papers submitted from the estate of Richard St. Barbe Baker. Newspaper clippings contain biographies about St. Barbe, and timely news events pertaining to St. Barbe’s world crusade to save and plant forests everywhere. St. Barbe’s passing 9 June 1982 was marked in newspapers around the world, telegrams, obituaries and newspaper articles wrote memoriams in honour and in tribute of this great man. It is fascinating to read the correspondence received by St Barbe from around the world pertaining to St. Barbe’s world wide travels, engagements and forestry efforts on an international level. Several personal papers attest to St. Barbe’s conviction as both a vegetarian, and a member of the Baha’i faith. St. Barbe was quite prolific publishing over 23 books. Published and unpublished manuscripts can be located within these archival collections such as; “Trees for Health and Longevity” and “Tall Timber” Tall Timber has biographical sketches of over 250 notable personnages whom St. Barbe knew. Many images and photos are included marking St. Barbe’s events, colleagues, friends and family members. Several interviews, published lectures, television and radio broadcasts, appointment books, and visitor books mark the collection. Fascinating accounts of two major St. Barbe initiatives, the Sahara Reclamation Project and the Redwoods programme are contained in the papers. The international organisation “Men of the Trees” formed in 1922, and within the archival collection are several Trees and Life – Journals from the Men of the Trees organization ~ as well as several editions of the Tree Lover’s Calendar. Not only papers and letters are included, but film, video, audio material, and a board game mark the collection as well. On June 4 and 5, 1984, the Founding Conference of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Foundation was held at the University of Saskatchewan.

It is also of note, that as St. Barbe was awarded the honourary Doctor of Laws by the University of Saskatchewan, the arrangements, and speeches of the event are very fitting.

Other archival collections also make reference to St. Barbe, such as those submitted to the archives by President Walter Murray or the Chapman files. For instance, by perusing both the St. Barbe papers, and the Murray archival collection, the correspondence at both ends between the two men can be ascertained.

Searching the University of Saskatchewan online library collection, there are 199 results for Richard St. Barbe Baker. Among these are many biographies written of St. Barbe and published in journals and can be found at the University of Saskatchewan Library.

Additional information is in the Government Publications Stacks such as “Man of the trees : Richard St. Barbe Baker” written by the Canadian Forestry Service, Hugh Locke and the Richard St. Barbe Baker Foundation. 1984.

Man of the trees : selected writings of Richard St. Barbe Baker was compiled by Karen Grindley in about 1989.

A man of the trees. Edward Goldsmith interviewing Richard St. Barbe Baker, Coevolution Quarterly, no. 25. 1980. features a published interview.

“Richard St.Barbe Baker,OBE was born on the 9th October 1889 in West End. He was a forestry adviser and silviculturist and Founder of the Men of the Trees in 1922. This organisation is now known as the International Tree Foundation…

For the remainder of his life Barbe Baker travelled extensively around the world, … and stimulated a new world-wide direction for forest conservation. “source

When one finishes the perusal of the life of Richard St. Barbe Baker, they feel a thrill of unbounded admiration. He was a worthy example for our youth to imitate.  Contemplating the humility of St. Barbe’s origin, and contrasting therewith the variety and extent of his works and his words, the mind is filled with admiration of the man.

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: StBarbeBaker
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)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

Author: stbarbebaker

This website is about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - an urban regional park of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hosts are the stewards of the afforestation area. The afforestation area received its name in honour of the great humanitarian, Richard St. Barbe Baker. Richard St. Barbe Baker (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English forester, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organization, Men of the Trees, still active today, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally. {Wikipedia} Email is StBarbeBaker AT yahoo.com to reach the Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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