Today is National Tree Day Sept 23, 2020. An amazing job was done caring for the trees out at George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Over 9,270Kg or 9.27 tons or 10.2 US tons or 204,367 pounds removed from the forest! Isn’t that an amazing present for National Tree Day?
A report was received from the City of Saskatoon:
On Saturday, Sept 19th 2020, a post pandemic cleanup was held in the George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Social distancing and other protocols were in place as per the provincial guidelines. Here is a re-cap of the day and further info on this event and location:
The George Genereux Urban Regional Park is an afforestation area located on the north side of the overpass on Highway 7 at the west end of Saskatoon. At this location, 30 cubic yard roll-off bins were filled with various waste by volunteers from the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas & City of Saskatoon staff.
The bin was emptied 7 times in total with waste with an accumulated weight of 9,270Kg’s
Volunteers collected 39 tires that were taken to A1 tire for recycling.
This was a great amount of waste that was removed that day although a considerable amount still remains. Most of that material will require heavy equipment in order to be cleaned up properly as this material included concrete and other industrial materials.
Also of note as that we disassemble what appeared to be a homeless encampment that had been abandoned. Pictures of this and of the other piles of dumped material are attached to this e-mail.
Thank you to all who participated in this event and for following the safety measures as required!
Please send this to anyone else who may find this information valuable.
Also please see the link below for more information on this area:
Please note that due to some recent illegal dumping events, we will now be performing a clean-up of the afforestation area to the south, that being the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and this will take place on Oct 3rd 2020.
If anyone wishes to continue helping at George Genereux Urban Regional Park [a truck would be nice] or help at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area [west side] on Saturday October 3rd from 9:00 – 5:00 it would be wonderful.
After Sept 19, another mini clean up resulted in another 13 tires were taken in. Additionally, following the clean up another approximately 0.75 tonnes were removed in SUV, Meewasin truck and trailer. Another trip or two is needed at George Genereux Urban Regional Park with trucks or bin if anyone can reach out to us before the end of September or come out on October 3.
Thank you for all the volunteers who came out! Thank you also to all our sponsors City of Saskatoon, EcoFriendly Sask, No Frills Westgate, Fit4Less, Lawson Heights Safeway, Canarama Extra Foods! We will be posting more about the clean up and our appreciations in the next days to come 😉 Know that you are truly appreciated. And thank you for following all protocols, staying in your own COVID bubble, or wearing face masks, and social distancing. In 148.9 acres, social distancing was pretty easy to do!
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
“The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. ” Wangari Maathai.
“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 nations 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.