“What is native prairie? Why should I care? What does native prairie do for me? Why should we protect native prairie in Saskatchewan?” *source
Prairie Conservation Action Plan March 12-18, 2017
Ecological Goods & Services Week – Prairie’s Got the Goods!
Click the above link for information on events and campaigns across the entire province!!! The events are webinars, podcasts with two evening live events.
For instance find out what Corie White, from Prairie Habitat Joint Venture has to say about the “Value of Waterfowl Management to Native Prairie Conservation”
Perhaps you may wish to listen to the podcast, or register for the webinar for “Pollination in the Prairies” presented by Jessamyn Manson, University of Alberta.
Trevor Herriot is speaking live in Regina on Grassland Matters regarding Public Pastures.
This is just a small taste of what you may tune in to a webinar, podcast or You Tube recap celebrating Ecological Goods & Services Week – Prairie’s Got the Goods!
- What can you do?
- Learning about native prairie in Saskatchewan is the first step
- Plant a native prairie garden
- Join a naturalist group and volunteer
- Visit one of Saskatchewan’s provincial or recreational park or conservation area
- Go for a hike and share your enthusiasm with those around you!Source: Native Prairie Fact Sheet
Check out the prairie grasslands at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, the fire breaks between the afforested woodlands have been undisturbed since 1960 when the land was purchased, and only the afforested areas were planted in 1972, and an area of firebreak left behind an area of undisturbed tall mixed grasslands. Come out for a hike and experience the mixed eco-system, riparian woodlands, grassland prairie and the West Swale Wetlands _ the northern perimenter of Chappell Marsh.
If you are busy at the times offered this week for the Ecological Goods & Services Week – Prairie’s Got the Goods!on the workshop schedule, tune into You Tube
Tune in to CJTR Regina Community Radio for a show on Our Ancient Prairie Landscape! aired by Jared Clark, The Prairie Naturalist 11am Sunday March 12, 2017. The prairie naturalist airs Wednesday 12:30-1:00 and Thursday 6:00-6:30 if you wish to catch this show.
Here in the self is all that man can know
Of Beauty, all the wonder all the power,
All the unearthly colour, all the glow,
Here in the self which withers like a flower;
Here in the self which fades as hours pass,
And droops and dies and rots and is forgotten
Sooner by ages that the mirroring glass
In which it sees its glory still unrotten.~John Masefield
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
If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque please to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund” (MVA RSBBAA trust fund) and mail it to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area c/o Meewasin Valley Authority, 402 Third Ave S, Saskatoon SK S7K 3G5. Thank you kindly!
Twitter: St Barbe Baker
Soon the bracken became shorter, and before long it was left behind as a clearing opened where the dry pine needles covered the floor of the forest with a soft brown carpet. Rays of light pierced the canopy of the forest, were reflected in the ground mists and appeared as glorious shafts interlaced with the tall stems of the trees; bright and dark threads woven into a design.~Richard St. Barbe Baker.
To those who have seen it and smelt it,
To those who have loved it alone
To those who have known it and felt it—
The Prairie is ever their own;
And far though they wander, unwary,
Far, far from the breath of the plain,
A thought of the wind on the Prairie
Will set their blood rushing again.