Since the beginnings of the formation of the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. we have grown to appreciate that we are part of a project much bigger than us. The vision of the afforestation areas, climate action, taking action on the United Nations SDGs Life on Land and Life Below Water, becoming a part of #GenerationRestoration during the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and having the vision to care for the earth, and all life. We share our vision with others and we give to you some ideas of ways you can become part of the family. April is World Habitat Awareness Month, become aware of Saskatoon’s hidden forest, and its habitat.
1. Help us network information about the afforestation areas with others.
*–Send to us information about the namesakes Richard St. Barbe Baker, Dr. George Genereux or Benjamin Thomas Chappell, help us connect with their friends and family.
*–Send us photographs, projects, videos, social media which involve the afforestation areas as the local habitat is part of the world habitat to celebrate on world habitat day.
*–Share with us your experiences in the afforestation areas, with the trees, or with the environment.
*– Do you know of anyone who would like a newsletter, or whom would like to be part of our mailing list?
*– Do you know of anyone who would like to be involved with the Friends of the Afforestation Areas Inc, and share its goals and missions as a member?
2. Learn more about afforestation, environmental protection and climate action.
*–Reach out to your school, youth or church group, newcomer or senior organisation to see if they want to be involved in any of the afforestation area programs.
*– Explore the many trees in the afforestation area, and take Richard St. Barbe Baker’s forest guardian pledge; I promise before Ngaire to plant ten trees every year, protect trees everywhere, and do a good deed every day.
*– Find an interested group or school who would like to initiate a program, and let us know so we can provide more literature, a virtual webinar, or a tour for more ideas to get started.
3. Sponsor a Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Area program.
*–Invite us to present to your community group.
*– “Virtual Fireside” Chat: We can spend an evening or afternoon with an interested group who wants to know more about the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc, and our vision with an amazing zoom webinar.
*–Introductory workshop: We can take you on an afforestation area tour, or a workshop in becoming a citizen scientist to learn more about these trees, and the habitat they create and to appreciate the wonder and beauty of trees.
*–Become involved with our upcoming arbor week activities and virtual presentations.
4. Make a contribution as we enter into a time where we celebrate resplendent anniversary celebrations
*–You can sponsor the silver jubilee commemorating the amazing humanitarian work achieved by Richard St. Barbe Baker, LL.D, OBE
*– Make a commitment to help celebrate the 50th birthday of the afforestation areas and what ideas you would like to see happen. The award winning Green Survival Program is the banner under which the afforestation areas began and the legacy of the Green Survival Program has been preserved as National Historic Sites in other areas.
*– If you have an idea how to celebrate the 100th centenary of the International Tree Foundation, and the amazing works of tree planting established by the founder Richard St. Barbe Baker world wide, your contribution could be the start of a special funding project.
*– What would you do to celebrate the final tree planting ceremony 40 years ago by Richard St. Barbe Baker? By some estimates, organisations he founded or assisted have been responsible for planting at least 26 billion trees, internationally during his lifetime. ( source) You can contribute to to this commemorative anniversary, and bring forward a suggestion.
*– Perhaps you would like to support classrooms coming out to the afforestation areas which need $130 sponsorship for the school bus. Perhaps you would like to donate towards the newsletter, festivals, or to sponsor a school.
*–Donate to the restoration programs, and ask how you can be a supporter. Be a part of #GenerationRestoration during the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
These are a few suggestions about how to help the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. grow. Richard St. Barbe Baker once said, “The amount of love you give to the tree as you plant, will come back to you as strength and inspiration as the tree grows.”
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
Tumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.comFacebook 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 Baker Charity Twitter: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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““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”
Richard St. Barbe Baker
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