WHAT The International Film Premiere named The Legacy of Saskatoon’s Secret Forest brings education and awareness about Richard St. Barbe Baker namesake for the Saskatoon urban regional park named in his honour – The 326 acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. The film features notable global ecologists and conservationists from around the world. Though this afforestation area was once Saskatoon’s best kept secret, citizens of Saskatoon are starting to discover this forest and enjoy the semi-wilderness habitat of a mixed woodlands such as usually only found in northern Saskatchewan.
WHERE AND WHEN Name of event:The Legacy of Saskatoon’s Secret Forest , date: November 6, 221, time: 1:00 pm CST and location: inaugural airing via ZOOM, Tickets: are on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/184304960097 Website: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com/the-legacy-of-saskatoons-secret-forest/ This is a free event for the public, and there are also under development heritage booklets for youth groups, members of the public, teachers and student classrooms to work with alongside the film
WHY Over the years the Friends charity has organized community volunteer cleanups and removed over 38,300 kilograms (84,439 pounds) of toxic and hazardous waste from both the afforestation areas to make these urban regional parks safe greenspaces for health and wellness, nature watching and also safe for the flora and fauna natural homes and habitats. [There are two afforestation areas -the other being George Genereux Urban Regional Park.] As people become aware that the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area parkspace is named after the amazing global conservationist and humanitarian Richard St. Barbe Baker, the illegal trespass and illegal dumping decline, and there is a community pride in our rich heritage of Saskatoon.
Especially during COVID protocols there is no reason for these expansive urban regional parks to be under-utilized or used as a secondary trash dump for those too lazy or too cheap to go to the landfill. It is for this reason we are creating this heritage documentary – to increase stewardship, guardianship and pride in our rich cultural heritage.
HOW The legacy of Richard St. Barbe Baker and the profound effect St. Barbe had on their lives embarking on worldwide stewardship, is also why global conservationists and ecologists worldwide have offered to speak in our film. All the speakers were inspired, and influenced deeply by Richard St. Barbe Baker in their path in some way. All remember the first time St. Barbe came into their lives – such was the overwhelming presence of St. Barbe upon their lives and career paths. Because of the huge global support from notable conservationists around the world, this film is of interest not only locally in Saskatoon, but promotes environmental education world-wide about this Global Conservationist, Richard St. Barbe Baker.
ANOTHER WHY The park space users, also, are all impressed and inspired by the legacy that is Richard St. Barbe Baker’s. The timing of the film commemorates the date when John G. Diefenbaker, Chancellor of the University at the time, bestowed the honourary Doctorate of Laws upon Richard St. Barbe Baker from the University of Saskatchewan, Nov. 6, 1971 – 50 years ago. Therefore the film is truly a Golden Celebration honouring St. Barbe’s extraordinary conservation and humanitarian efforts around the world. Richard St. Barbe Baker not only saved lives through the development of planting schemes which today would be called agro-forestry and social forestry, St. Barbe initiated the recovery of the Sahara deserts and deserts worldwide with tree planting continued on by his dear friend Nobel Laureate Wangarri Maathai, he contributed greatly to saving the Redwood Forests in California and he also is responsible for the planting of billions and trillions of trees worldwide.
Golden Celebration Portion adapted from King Country Te Kuiti Saturday March 1, 1930 Vol. XXIV No.3123 Forest Keepers Conserving the Trees
WHO Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. a non profit registered charity 777143876RR0001 and non profit entity number 102084283.
Poster https://kvisit.com/8wE/l-0G Brochure / Pamphlet https://kvisit.com/8wE/mO0G Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/184304960097 Website https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com/the-legacy-of-saskatoons-secret-forest/
We live less than five minutes without air and the trees give us air we breath. We live less than five days without water, and trees are absolutely essential in the water cycle. We live less than five weeks without food, and without the trees we could not grow food.”Richard St. Barbe Baker
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
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
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
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