The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area aired on Global Television News Saturday July 9, 2016 at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. The television crews took time from their busy news day, to come out and film the volunteers loading one of the Loraas bins at the clean up.
The amount and different kinds of trash found at the afforestation area were very diverse. Hazardous waste, tires, mattresses, car engine hoods, motors, shingles, old discarded fences and decks, engine oil, tar, paint, clothing, shoes were just a very small variety of the trash items littering the Richard St. Barbe Baker woodlands and West Swale wetlands. Quite devastating to both the users of this urban regional park, as well as to the flora and fauna.
It is with great and enormous appreciation that the City of Saskatoon residents became aware of the trash which had accumulated in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. It will be with a great and profound relief when vehicular barriers, and signs can be installed. If vehicles cannot gain egress into the woodlands, then they cannot dump their load of trash which rightly and properly belongs in the city landfill.
A plea is extended out to patrons, corporations, and individual benefactors who may wish to assist in the quest to install vehicle barricades at this urban regional park. A safe, and healthy park is the norm in this fair city of Saskatoon. The devastation which had accumulated at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is an anomaly which had somehow slipped through the cracks. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to rectify the situation, to restore this urban regional park to City of Saskatoon normal standards for park spaces.
A huge wave of appreciation to Global News in filming the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area clean up. Action begins with awareness, change starts with knowledge.
“…I seemed to have entered the fairyland of my dreams. I wandered on as in a dream, all sense of time and space lost…buoyed up with an almost ethereal feeling of well-being, as if I had been detached from earth. I became intoxicated with the beauty around me, immersed in the joyousness and exaltation of feeling part of it all… Rays of light pierced the canopy of the forest… I had entered the temple of the woods. I sank to the ground in a state of ecstasy; everything was intensely vivid… The overpowering beauty of it all entered my very being. At that moment my heart brimmed over with a sense of unspeakable thankfulness which has followed me through the years since that woodland rebirth.”~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
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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