“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.
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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.
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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 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 SW 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
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Please help protect / enhance /commemorate your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)
Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date!
|Membership : $20.00 CAD – yearly
Membership with donation : $50.00 CAD
Membership with donation : $100.00 CAD
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You Tube Video Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
You Tube Video Richard St Barbe Baker presented by Paul Hanley
You Tube Video Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and West Swale wetlands
You Tube Video Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area – Saskatoon’s best kept secret.
I believe in oneness of mankind and of all living things and in the interdependence of each and all. I believe that unless we play fair to the Earth, we cannot exist physically on this planet. Unless we play fair to our neighbour, we cannot exist socially or internationally. Unless we play fair to better self, there is no individuality and no leadership. ~Richard St. Barbe Baker.
“Kind people have been expressing superlatives on my work. But I can assure you that anything which I have been able to achieve has been team work. We have a motto in the Men of the Trees. TWAHAMWE. It is an African word meaning ‘pull together’ and I pass this on to all those concerned with conservation in this country. I would like to call you to silence for a moment with the words of Mathew Arnold:
“Calm soul of all things, make it mine,
To feel amidst the City ‘s jar
That there abides a peace of thine
Men did not make and cannot mar. ”
~Richard 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.