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:
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
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
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map
Should you wish to help protect / enhance the afforestation areas, please contact the City of Saskatoon, Corporate Revenue Division, 222 3rd Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5…to support the afforestation area with your donation please state that your donation should go towards the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, or the George Genereux Urban Regional Park, or both afforestation areas located in the Blairmore Sector. Please and thank you! Your donation is greatly appreciated.
“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.