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:
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
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 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)”. Please and thank you!
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition or make a donation to SOS Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area 😉