The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK. This website is written by wordpress blog administrators and stewards for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.
The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is Saskatoon’s best kept secret treasure!
Location: Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area RSBBAA is north of Cedar Villa Road; west of the Civic Operations Centre (Bus Barns) and north of the Chappell Marsh Conservation Area land area; east of the Saskatoon Italian Centre, and north of Cedar Villa Estates.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS 1
Travel out of the south west sector neighbourhoods of the City of Saskatoon on Circle Drive towards the City Landfill. Take the “Valley Road” exit, however when the Civic Operations Center (Bus barns and snow dump) are seen on the right side of the road (north), then take a right turn and quick left turn onto Township road 362A (Cedar Villa Road). Keep traveling in the west direction until the signs for Chappell Marsh Conservation area are seen on the left side of the road (south) and the blue South West Off leash recreation area signs are seen on the right side of the road (north). The parking lot for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is kindly accommodated at the South West Off Leash Recreation Area (SW OLRA) and these signs are seen on the right side of the road (north). The SW OLRA is a reserved area of 14.5 acres within the the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation area
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS 2
Exit the Blairmore Suburban Development Area (SDA) by traveling south west on Sk Highway 7 towards Pike Lake. Drive up and over the CN overpass. At the top CN overpass if you gaze to the west (right) sight the Afforestation Area formerly known as George Genereux Urban Regional Park, if you peek over to the east (left) the trees sighted from the CN overpass are the Afforestation Area named for Richard St. Barbe Baker. Turn off SK Highway 7 left onto Cedar Villa Road, the very first turn off from Sk Highway 7 after the overpass. Driving on Cedar Villa Road follow the road around as it turns naturally to the right, proceed south for apace then take a left turn after the rail crossing to travel east on the gravel road still named Cedar Villa Road. Travel down Cedar Villa Road., even after it turns to a paved highway traversing through Cedar Villa Estates. Chappell Marsh Conservation Area will be located on the south side of the road (right) when traveling in this direction. The SW OLRA will be located on the north side of the road (left) when traveling in this direction. The SW OLRA is a reserved area within the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and provides convenient parking spaces in the parking lot.
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area This map shows both the West Swale and the RSBBAA
Google Maps with Off Leash area location pin at parking lot:
Parking available at the South West Off Leash Dog Park Parking Lot. Best access is by vehicle.
Coordinates 52° 06′ 106° 45′
The afforestation area received its name in 1979. Here is a brief biographical account of a great humanitarian, Richard St. Barbe Baker, known to his friends as St. Barbe.
Image Credit Richard St. Barbe Baker Photos Courtesy
University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections,
Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71
Richard St. Barbe Baker (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English forester, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organization, Men of the Trees, still active today as the International Tree Foundation, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally.Wikipedia excerpt
Richard St Barbe Baker received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1971 from the University of Saskatchewan and the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth in 1977. The St. Barbe Grove Nursery initiated in 1987, is located in Western Australia. The World Wildlife Fun made him their first Honorary Life Member in 1989. As well a memorial honouring St. Barbe Baker was erected in the West End of Hampshire in the spring of 2003.
Richard St Barbe Baker founded the Men of the Trees in 1922. The mission of the Men of the Trees is “To bring people together to plant and grow trees, and to achieve healthy, productive, sustainable landscapes. ….[goal] become a leader in environmental education specialising in revegetation, food and community engagement.”(Men of the Trees)
“Almost everywhere in the world man has been disregarding the Divine Law and the Laws of Nature, to his own undoing. In his pride, he has rampaged over the stage of the earth, forgetting that he is only one of the players put there to play his part in harmony and oneness with all living things.” wrote Richard St Barbe Baker in his book, “The Divine Law and the Laws of Nature”
At his last tree planting ceremony on the University of Saskatchewan grounds he said the Children of the Green Earth Motto; ”
From our hearts
On the west side of Saskatoon a portion of the 660 acres preserved in perpetuity in 1972 are located at:
- Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (City of Saskatoon Urban Regional Park) Parts Section 22 and SW 23 township 36 range 6 west of the third meridian. (East of the CN overpass on SK Highway 7) SE 22 & SW 23-36-6 W3 under MVA conservation management.
- Un-named City of Saskatoon Afforestation Area. Part south of CN Chappell yards SE section 23-36-6-W3 preserved as afforestation area in perpetuity, under MVA conservation management- west of SW OLRA and east of COC.
- In 1960, part of NE 21-36-6 W3 (West of the CN overpass on SK Highway 7) was purchased by the City, planted in 1972, preserved as an afforestation area. Named in 1978-1979 George Genereux Park (Urban Regional Park), this namesake was removed at this afforestation area for use at a different city pocket park.
These afforestation areas combined with a quarter section afforested on the east side also in 1972 (west of the extant Saskatoon golf and country club and south of Diefenbaker Park) seem to comprise the 660 acres preserved in perptuity.
For more information:
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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
Contact the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)”. Post to MVA 402 Third Avenue South Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5 Please and thank you!
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition ~ an active group interested in forest management~ or make a donation to “Save our Saskatchewan” [SOS] Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area 😉