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 Published and unpublished manuscripts can be located within these archival collections such as; “Trees for Health and Longevity” and “Tall Timber” Tall Timber has biographical sketches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 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

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
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What was Richard St. Barbe Baker’s mission, that he imparted to the Watu Wa Miti, the very first forest scouts or forest guides?  To protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere.

“We stand in awe and wonder at the beauty of a single tree. Tall and graceful it stands, yet robust and sinewy with spreading arms decked with foliage that changes through the seasons, hour by hour, moment by moment as shadows pass or sunshine dapples the leaves. How much more deeply are we moved as we begin to appreciate the combined operations of the assembly of trees we call a forest.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker



“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“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 nation 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.

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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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