“The importance of forests cannot be underestimated. We depend on forests for our survival, from the air we breathe to the wood we use. Besides providing habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans, forests also offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change. Yet, despite our dependence on forests, we are still allowing them to disappear.” (WWF, 2019)
The World Wildlife Fund WWF, made St. Barbe the very first inaugural Honorary Life Member.
“’Green Survival – It Begins With You’ is the slogan of a national campaign being conducted by the American Association of Nurserymen to focus attention on the important role that plant life plays in a healthful environment.” (Cruse, 1971)
“If trees are planted where previously there weren’t any, they will on soak up CO2 as they grow, reducing the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. It is thought that trees, plants and other land-based “carbon sinks” currently soak up more than a quarter of all the CO2 that humans add to the air each year” (The Guardian, 2011)
Part of the Green Survival Campaign were a number of pamphlets. “Band together to beautify your city. Individuals and groups interested in improving the appearance of their communities can get ideas from the Green Survival Program sponsored by the American Association of Nurserymen. So far, the program has designated 12 cities as “Green survival cities” because of their efforts to pull together the resource’s of their local government, businesses and citizens. (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Vol. 33, No. 6)
“Perhaps even more telling is the importance of afforestation, forests and trees to the human condition. Richard St. Barbe “Baker’s message was simple:
If we continue tearing away the earth’s green cloak at the rate that we have we soon won’t have enough trees to provide the oxygen we need to survive, and life will disappear from the planet. All that’s required is some intelligent stewardship. It’s a world-wide responsibility.
If a person loses one third of his or her skin, the person will die; if a tree loses a third of its bark, the tree will die, and if the world loses a third of its trees, the world will die.
We live less that five minutes without air and the trees give us air we breathe. We live less than five days without water, and trees are absolutely essential in the water cycle. We live less than five weeks without food, and without the trees we could not grow food.” (Filson, 1982).
Cruse, Heloise (June 8, 1971), Hints from Heloise, Piqua Daily Call. Republished online Newspaper Archive.com, p. 4, retrieved July 8, 2019
Filson, Bruce K. (October 7, 1982), Western People, p. 5
How do trees and forests relate to climate change?, The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited, Feb 11, 2011, retrieved June 30, 2019
WWF. We need to safeguard our Forests. World Wide Fund For Nature. (Formerly World Wildlife Fund) 2019.
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 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
Should you wish to help protect / enhance the 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!
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!
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“You can gauge a country’s wealth, its real wealth, by its tree cover…A country’s very poor that doesn’t have trees.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker