International Day for Biological Diversity
22 May 2018
Convention of Biological Diversity United Nations has three main objectives;
- “The conservation of biological diversity
- The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
- The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources”
The City of Saskatoon is working towards “Preservation of wetlands in Saskatoon helps to improve the quality and reduce the quantity of stormwater run -off that flows to the river, provides some storage for greenhouse gases (GHGs), maintains wildlife habitat and corridors, and improves public access to ecological systems and spaces” Additionally, the city adopts a wetland policy which “requires establishment of wetland development and management guidelines to sensitively integrate wetlands into urban development and to adopt specific design guideline s for constructed stormwater wetlands, both of which would help to mitigate the risk and severity of flooding.”
“We are committed with our lives to building a different model and a different future for humanity, the Earth, and other species. We have envisaged a moral alternative to economic globalization and we will not rest until we see it realized.”~Maude Barlow
What is a wetland? “Lands having water at, near, or above the land surface or land that is saturated with water long enough to promote wetland or aquatic processes as indicated by poorly drained soils, aquatic vegetation and various kindsof biological activity which are adapted to a wet environment.”
Golder Associates in their City of Saskatoon West/Southwest Sector Natural Area Screening Study, classifies those lands of the Blairmore sector afforestation areas as wetlands.
The afforestation areas provide a riparian woodlands habitat for deer, squirrel, skunk and porcupine, the modified grasslands with native species pockets are home for vanishing provincial songbird species, the permanent class IV wetlands are of course a natural choice for egrets, herons, pelicans, ducks and geese. The species at risk; the Northern Leopard Frog makes its home in the wetlands areas alongside the Barred Tiger Salamander [western tiger salamander].
“When I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel just as if all the works of some great writer have perished.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt
Golder Associates. Southwest Sector Plan. (2013) https://www.saskatoon.ca/business-development/planning/long-range-plans/sector-plans City of Saskatoon West/Southwest Sector Natural Area Screening Study. Business & Development – Planning – Long Range Plans – Sector Plans. Date accessed April 13, 2016.
CH2MHill Canada Limited. Wetland Design Guidelines. Prepared for City of Saskatoon. March 2014.
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
In regards to your financial donations to 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 will support the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, or the George Genereux Urban Regional Park, or both afforestation areas. Please and thank you! Your donation is greatly appreciated.
“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson