“No two forests are alike. They are like art galleries: they all have pictures, but they don’t have the same pictures….So the first question is Why?” We would expect each region to contain plants that are adapted to it – for if they were not, then they would soon be ousted by those that are. But why does each region have its own characteristic suite of native species?” ~Tudge, Colin. Page 278
“There’s another kind of puzzle, too. …The farther you travel from the equator, the more the variety falls off.” ~Tudge, Colin. Page 279
Saskatchewan has a native ecosystem called the Aspen parkland. Why the Aspen? Fire, especially grassland fires have been known by the first nations, and the pioneer homesteaders. Grassland fires can be carried by the wind, and the range of the fire can spread out in front of the wind for hundreds of miles and miles.
Well, according to Colin Tudge, :The Aspen has long lateral roots, which, at intervals, send up suckers that grow into entire new trees. …if it [fire] occurs in spring or summer it will kill the aspens along with everything else, because it burns the organic matter within the ground, including the aspen’s trailing roots. But if fire strikes in winter when the ground is frozen, or in spring when it is still wet, the roots survive. Then the suckers rapidly grow up to form new trees-rapidly because they already have a fast, established root system to draw on. “~Tudge, Colin. Page 309
Read more Tudge, Colin. The Tree. A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter. Crown Publishers. New York. ISBN 13:978-1-4000-5036-9 ISBN 10:1-4000-5036-7 2006.
Read more: Do Trees Talk to Each Other? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-whispering-trees-180968084/#0tof3RLaXxD0CsYu.99 Smithsonian Magazine
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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
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“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger
“The science of forestry arose from the recognition of a universal need. It embodies the spirit of service to mankind in attempting to provide a means of supplying forever a necessity of life and, in addition, ministering to man’s aesthetic tastes and recreational interests. Besides, the spiritual side of human nature needs the refreshing inspiration which comes from trees and woodlands. If a nation saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. And nations as well as tribes may be brought together in this great movement, based on the ideal of beautifying the world by the cultivation of one of God’s loveliest creatures – the tree.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.
“I believe in the Oneness of Mankind and all living things and the interdependence of each and all.” Richard St. Barbe Baker
“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker