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 south of Cedar Villa Road; west of the Civic Operations Centre (Bus Barns) and north of the Chappell Marsh Conservation Area land area.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS 1
Travel out 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 left 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 right side of the road (south) and the blue South West Off leash recreation area signs are seen on the left 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 and these signs are seen on the left side of the road (north). The SW OLRA is a reserved area within the Afforestation Area.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS 2
Exit the Blairmore Suburban Development Area (SDA) by travel south west on Sk Highway 7. Drive up and over the CN overpass. At the CN overpass if you gaze to the west (right) sight the Afforestation Area formerly known as George Genereux 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. On this gravel road take a natural right, then take a left turn at the rail crossing over the gravel road to be heading east. Travel down this gravel 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.
NOTE: Please Do Not drive inside the afforestation area ~ if there are trees there, it is the afforestation area ~ there is a HUGE fine for motorized vehicles trespassing against a city open space bylaw, and also a reward offered on Saskatchewan Government Environment hotline TIPPS to turn in Environmental Violators.
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, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally.Wikipedia excerpt
Richard St. Barb Baker Afforestation Area – Saskatoon
“The Richard St. Barb Baker Afforestation Area was established in 1960 to create a green belt around the city. Trees, which act as habitat for local wildlife, were planted in rows to generate a man-made forest.”(World Web.com) A 14.5-acre off-leash park opened in the spring of 2013, south of the railway tracks and adjacent to the city’s new civic operations centre.”The new park will be in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation area south of Montgomery.”(CJME) “The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area south of the CNR station is named in his honour, and his extensive archives are housed at the University of Saskatchewan. The trail marker and dedication were co-sponsored by Meewasin Valley Authority and the Saskatoon Baha’i community. “(SOS Elm News)
In honouring the memory of Richard St Barbe Baker, it is indeed a respectful tribute to erect a trail marker. It would indeed be fitting to take the time to honoour his ideals and legacy by respecting his grove of trees at the Richard St. Barb Baker Afforestation Area, which extends east of the ‘Southwest off leash dog park.’
“This generation may either be the last to exist in any semblance of a civilised world or that it will be the first to have the vision, the bearing and the greatness to say, ‘I will have nothing to do with this destruction of life, I will play no part in this devastation of the land, I am determined to live and work for peaceful construction for I am morally responsible for the world of today and the generations of tomorrow.’” wrote Richard St Barbe Baker in his book, The New Earth Charter.
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)
“The Meewasin Valley Authority is a conservation organization dedicated to protecting the natural and cultural heritage resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley in Saskatoon and area.” (Tourism Saskatchewan)
“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.
The elected officials are:
The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honourable Scott Moe, Minister of the Environment
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.
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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
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque please to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund” (MVA RSBBAA trust fund) and mail it to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area c/o Meewasin Valley Authority, 402 Third Ave S, Saskatoon SK S7K 3G5. Thank you kindly!