The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. non profit environmental charity celebrates WintercityYXE – Saskatoon’s Winter Strategy and thanks the City of Saskatoon for approving the Winter Animation Fund. As recipients of the “Take It Outside” Grant, the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. announce their programming to enhance being “Outside Safely.”
The Take It Outside Grant Program was created in 2020 to support organizations hosting COVID-19 safe outdoor activities.
To enhance being “Outside Safely,” the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (Friends) will promote and recommend safe outdoor activity along the 326-acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (RSBBAA) Winter Trail Network. This will be done by producing a pamphlet for self-guided use of the trail network and providing Covid-19 appropriate, and much needed seating at assigned rest areas along the trails. The pamphlet and informational pdf online will outline distances and approximate times from the starting point to the rest areas and back along the connecting loop to the parking area. Visitors will be able to distinguish the route and plan their time accordingly. In addition, it will describe pertinent information about this unique, semi-wilderness, ecological asset and its exceptional history.
Along with this, sturdy benches will be placed at two sites along the trails to provide valuable rest sites. Users of the area have already shown the need for rest areas by creating make-shift seating along the trails. One site has a rickety bench and collapsed picnic table and another has logs stacked on logs. Though rustic, these seating arrangements are physically unsafe and don’t allow for social distancing in seating. Therefore, our project supports this existing demand by providing appropriate and safe seating.
At both these sites two benches would be installed at a distance apart greater than two metres, as the terrain suits. This will reinforce the social distancing requirement for COVID-19, and will enable two different parties, each within their own bubble, to use the rest areas simultaneously and have a safe connection place outdoors.
In addition to the installation of the benches, our project would include bird feeding stations near the two sitting areas as an enhancement. These would include bird feeders, suet balls, and bird balls. The self-guided tour pamphlet would tie in with this by providing information on winter birds that visitors are likely to see while out in the forest. The observation of birds provides a source of delight to most people.
Overall, this project will encourage greater use of this once neglected green space for recreation and enjoyment. Both exercise and spending time in nature are recommended antidotes to stress, and particularly the extra stress of this COVID-19 winter. Extensive research on contact with nature has shown that it can nourish mental well-being and harness the restorative and resiliency benefits of the outdoors. Outdoor activity in a semi-wild area is especially beneficial. The Outside Safely project makes activity in the large afforestation area much more feasible for all ages and varying ability levels. Safe community connections can also take place while visitors rest. In summary, this project will encourage and aid COVID-19 family and relationship bubbles to use this expansive space this winter, a space that is unknown to most citizens.
Our project supports local businesses for the purchase of our rest area benches and bird stations. Additionally, in support of local businesses, our brochures promoting the “Outside Safely” lifestyle will be available at local businesses for pick up. Announcements will be made as the posters and pamphlets are distributed on our web pages and social media in support of these local businesses.
We will offer exciting winter challenges throughout the months of January to March in support of the the WintercityYXE – Saskatoon’s Winter Strategy and the Take it Outside programme initiative of the City of Saskatoon for COVID bubbles.
Once again, thank you to the City of Saskatoon. Stay tuned for future details!
Which challenges you have engaged in? We have prizes and we can enter your name in our prize draw. How can you get entered in the prize draw? Email us a photograph(s) showing your participation in one of the Outside Safely challenges. Or email with a link to your Facebook posting on the Users of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. These kind of emails would place you into the draw for a prize(s) 😉 For our winners, we can drop off your prize in a social distancing manner to a location in the City of Saskatoon, or you can pick up your prize – also in a social distancing arrangement (Yay!). Arrangements can be made via email. Friendsafforestation@gmail.com or by text when winners are announced
As a further challenge, record on iNaturalist or the eBird hotspot for Chappell Marsh the wetlands birds which you have sighted. The International Day of Action for Rivers Pamphlet contains a water birds checklist as an indicator of what might be sighted. The Geese and some ducks are back already (March 11)
Winter Staycation prize draw occurring between Sunday March 28 and Wednesday March 31. Prizes will be posted online soon! 😉
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For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
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
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Twitter: St Barbe BakerCharityTwitter:FriendsAreas
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )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! Canada Helps
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“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.
“Calm soul of all things, make it mine,
To feel amidst the City ‘s jar
That there abides a peace of thine
Men did not make and cannot mar. “
~Richard St. Barbe Baker
We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.~ Wangari Maathai
“ If a nation saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. ” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung