During this COVID-19 pandemic, take some time during Earth Month this April to learn what makes these afforestation areas so special. This online resource allows one to follow COVID-19 protocols, and stay home while still experiencing nature. The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan talks about the trembling aspen, white spruce and balsam poplar, trees of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Trembling Aspen is quite unique during a very short time span in the spring. These clones of trees in the aspen bluff will flower, and thus, the astute observer can determine whether that particular clone is female or male. These afforestation areas planted in 1972 made use of drought resistant, hardy tree species recommended by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) as the afforestation areas were started as tree nurseries for the City of Saskatoon Parks. The trees, now much too large to transplant, have created two urban regional parks.
How many different kinds of Spruce trees are in the afforestation areas? How does one tell various spruce species one from another? Stay tuned.
Did you know that spring phenological earth day events happen every day!
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir
Today is Monday, April 20, and two days until Earth Day. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action. When you experience a phenological event during the spring, what is your carbon footprint, if you are staying home and observing protocols for this pandemic?
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
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir
Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson