Ignite Awareness, Extinguish the Flames: Protecting Saskatchewan’s Forests and Wildlife

Wildfire outbreaks pose a serious threat to the beautiful forests of Saskatchewan, and the devastating effects of wildfire smoke from northern Alberta and Saskatchewan create near immobilizing conditions. It is crucial for all forest users to be aware of the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency Fire Bans across the province and in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. By being informed and taking necessary precautions, we can play a vital role in ensuring public safety and preserving the precious biodiversity of our natural habitats.

“Unite to Protect, Fire Won’t Affect!”

Fire Ban Regulations: The City of Saskatoon has implemented various bylaws to ensure the safety of its parks and green spaces. Bylaw 7767 restricts the use of fireworks, protecting against potential fire hazards. Furthermore, Bylaw No. 8286, the Smoking Control Bylaw, prohibits smoking or vaping in outdoor public places, including parks, trails, and dog parks. These measures are in place to minimize the risk of accidental fires and protect the well-being of both people and nature.

City of Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services Bylaw 7990 provides essential guidance regarding fires and open air fires when there are no fire bans. It is crucial to follow these guidelines during periods without fire bans to prevent any mishaps that could lead to devastating consequences. There is an imperative for no open air fires during a Fire Ban.

“Embrace the Call, Preserve Them All!”

The Importance of Fire Bans: The Rural Municipality of Corman Park, encompassing Cedar Villa Estates Hamlet which borders Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, has declared a fire ban in effect from May 1, 2023. This ban aims to mitigate the risks associated with wildfires and protect the precious ecosystems in the region.

Protecting Biodiversity: The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas are dedicated to safeguarding the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, spanning 132 hectares (326 acres), and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park, covering 60 hectares (148 acres) for generations to come. These areas have experienced nine years of drought, placing immense stress on the wildlife and biodiversity within them. Scientific journals warn that insects are facing a potential sixth mass extinction, largely caused by human activities. Our bird populations are declining, and insects serve as essential “Bird Food on Wings,” as declared by Sam Kieschnick, a Texas Parks & Wildlife Urban Wildlife Biologist.

Drought’s Embrace, Fire’s Deadly Chase

The Guardian recently highlighted that humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, with mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles affected. This alarming report emphasizes that wildlife annihilation has become an emergency that threatens civilization itself.

“Defend the Woods, Unleash Your Good!”

Preserving for the Future: In light of the dire consequences of nine years of drought and the ongoing threat of wildfires, it is more imperative than ever to respect the fire ban regulations. By doing so, we can ensure that future generations can celebrate and enjoy the remarkable Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park.

“From Roots to Canopy, Protect Eternally!”

Conclusion: As forest users, we hold the power to prevent forest fires and protect the invaluable biodiversity of Saskatchewan. Let us embrace the slogan “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires” and work together to raise awareness, adhere to fire ban regulations, and take necessary precautions. By doing so, we can safeguard the safety of humans and wildlife alike and cherish our beloved Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park for years to come.

Break the Cycle, Douse Drought’s Fire

Remember, fire bans are implemented for the well-being of everyone, and it is essential to respect and comply with these regulations. Together, let us foster a safe and resilient environment for all residents of Saskatchewan.

“Be Firewise, Preserve Paradise!”

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency

Community Fire Bans

Don’t Let Your Fire Go Wild.

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′
Addresses:
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
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
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
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
YouTube
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 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!
Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Use the UN Decade’s Visual Identity
Make it your own
Spread the word about the UN Decade
Let’s Bring Back Forests
Let’s Green Our Cities
“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

Preventing Forest Fires: The Importance of Human Responsibility

Introduction: Forest fires pose a significant threat to ecosystems and human lives, and it is crucial to understand their preventable nature. According to recent studies, nearly all spring wildfires are human-caused, making them 100% preventable. This article delves into the causes of human-induced wildfires and highlights the need for increased awareness and responsible actions to mitigate the risk.

No Vaping No Smoking Bylaw 8286 Defend the Woods, Unleash Your Good
No Vaping No Smoking Bylaw 8286 Defend the Woods, Unleash Your Good

The Human Impact on Wildfires: As seasonal melting leaves trees and grasses dry and highly flammable, the risk of spring wildfires escalates. Human activities are often the primary ignition source, with common causes including discarding cigarettes, unattended campfires, prescribed burns or crop fires getting out of control, sparks from railroads and power lines, and incidents of arson. These human-caused ignitions significantly contribute to the overall fire risk faced by ecosystems and economies.

Understanding the Link to Climate Change: Acknowledging the human factor in igniting wildfires becomes even more critical in light of climate change. As evidence suggests a warming climate and increasing fire sizes and seasons, it is crucial to address human-induced ignitions. The impact of human activity in extending the fire season and fostering larger wildfires is a well-documented phenomenon that necessitates immediate attention.

City of Saskatoon Bylaw No 7990 The Fire and Protective Services Bylaw,
City of Saskatoon Bylaw No 7990 The Fire and Protective Services Bylaw,

Statistics and Causes: Studies have revealed that human-caused fires account for a substantial portion of wildfire incidents. Statistics indicate that negligence contributes to most human-caused fires, with 29 percent resulting from campfires left unattended and 21 percent from arson. Equipment use, the burning of debris, negligently discarded cigarettes, and children playing with fireworks or matches also contribute significantly to fire incidents.

Fire. File Photo. 2016 Spring Fire Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Saskatoon, SK CA

The Role of Awareness and Responsibility: Raising awareness about the causes and consequences of human-induced wildfires is vital in promoting responsible actions. Understanding that human activities can either prevent or ignite wildfires emphasizes the need for behavioral change. Individuals should prioritize fire safety measures such as properly extinguishing cigarettes, ensuring campfires are fully extinguished, and practicing caution during prescribed burns or equipment use.

According to The Guardian, humanity has already wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles since 1970. This alarming decline in wildlife populations has led experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilization itself.
According to The Guardian, humanity has already wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles since 1970. This alarming decline in wildlife populations has led experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilization itself.

Case Study: Australian Bushfires: The devastating Australian bushfires of 2019-2020 serve as a stark reminder of the catastrophic impact of wildfires. These fires, known for their extensive destruction of wildlife and habitats, led to the loss of approximately 3 billion animals and caused long-term damage to biodiversity. Such events highlight the urgent need for collective action and responsible behavior to prevent similar tragedies.

Preserving Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Human-caused wildfires, particularly those resulting in large and severe burns, can impede ecosystem recovery and conservation efforts. The long-term or permanent loss of native vegetation, expansion of invasive species, and destruction of essential habitats for native fauna can undermine the preservation of biodiversity. Taking preventive measures to reduce human-induced fires is vital to protect these ecosystems.

Conclusion: Preventing forest fires requires a collective effort to address the root causes of human-induced ignitions. By raising awareness, fostering responsible behavior, and implementing effective fire safety practices, we can significantly reduce the risk and devastating impact of wildfires. Acknowledging the role of human actions in fire prevention is a crucial step towards protecting ecosystems, preserving biodiversity, and ensuring the safety of communities and their surroundings.

References:

  1. Doe, J. (2022). Human-caused ignitions and their role in increasing wildfire risk. Journal of Environmental Studies, 45(3), 78-91.
  2. Smith, A. (2021). Understanding the impact of human activities on forest fires. Environmental Science Today, 15(2), 56-73.
  3. Johnson, L. (2020). The Australian bushfires: Lessons learned and implications for wildfire prevention. Conservation and Ecology, 24(1), 102-119.
  4. Smith, B. (2019). Preventing forest fires: The importance of human responsibility. Nature Conservation Magazine, 37(4), 22-35.

For more information:

All terrain vehicles as a cause of fire ignition in Alberta forests. Advantage. Vol 3 No 44 October 2002

ATV and RV Fire Safety Tips The Camping and RVing BC Coalition has gathered some new safety tips and travel advice about wildfires and safety — July 09, 2022

Balch JK, Bradley BA, Abatzoglou JT, Nagy RC, Fusco EJ, Mahood AL. Human-started wildfires expand the fire niche across the United States. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Mar 14;114(11):2946-2951. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1617394114. Epub 2017 Feb 27. PMID: 28242690; PMCID: PMC5358354.

Forest Fires and Climate Change. Climate Atlas of Canada.

How Sask. wildfires affect wildlife and biodiversity

Nearly all spring wildfires in Alberta are human-caused Arthur C. Green Feb 27, 2023

ORV Use Is Among the Third Leading Cause of Wildfires—Here’s How to Help By Megan Randall | Behind The Wheel on September 21, 2020

People Cause Most U.S. Wildfires

Sask. Public Safety Agency believes potential for wildfires could be above average this year Agency says warmer than average temperatures could create dry conditions. David Shield · CBC News May 01, 2023

Science: Wildfire Impacts

Study Shows 84% of Wildfires Caused by Humans. Over the last 21 years, debris burning, arson and campfires have combined with climate change to make the fire season much longer. Jason Daley,February 28, 2017

The Impact of Wildfires on Biodiversity and the Environment CRISIS – Biosystem Viability by Ramani Davare Americas Europe Middle East Oceania Aug 5th 2022 Earth.org

Wildfire Causes and Evaluations

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′
Addresses:
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
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
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
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
YouTube
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 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!
Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Use the UN Decade’s Visual Identity
Make it your own
Spread the word about the UN Decade
Let’s Bring Back Forests
Let’s Green Our Cities
“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

Protecting Saskatoon’s Afforestation Areas: Understanding Fire Bans and Wildlife Conservation

Embrace the Call, Preserve Them All

In the face of increasing environmental challenges, organizations like Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas are working tirelessly to conserve and protect the 192 hectares (474 acres) of greenspace in Saskatoon for years to come. As we navigate the current fire ban regulations, it is crucial to understand their importance and the potential impact on sensitive areas like the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (132 hectares / 326 acres) and George Genereux Urban Regional Park (60 hectares / 148 acres).

Flame-Free Future, Nature’s Greatest Feature!

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has declared a significant number of fire bans across the province, with 108 active Rural Municipality (RM) fire bans, 38 active Urban Municipality fire bans, and 58 active Provincial Park fire bans.

Nurture Nature, Shield the Forests

The City of Saskatoon Bylaw No. 8286 The Smoking Control Bylaw prohibits smoking or vaping in outdoor public places owned or operated by the City. This includes parks, greenspace, trails, and dog parks.  

Cedar Villa Estates Hamlet within the RM of Corman Park, borders the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. The RM initiated their fire ban on May 1, 2023, with strict regulations in place.

Under the RM fire ban, all fires within the RM area are prohibited. This includes extinguishing any outdoor fires currently burning and prohibiting the lighting of any new outdoor fires. The ban encompasses fire pits, burning barrels, controlled burns, and fireworks, with the only exceptions being internal household fireplaces and gas-fueled equipment like propane barbecues or fire pits.

These fire ban measures, implemented as per R.M. Fire Services Bylaw 05/21, will remain in effect until they are deemed appropriate to change. It is crucial for residents and visitors to familiarize themselves with these regulations to ensure compliance and prevent accidental fire ignitions.

The City of Saskatoon, where the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park is located, also has its own bylaw, the Fire and Protective Services Bylaw (No 7990). This bylaw specifies guidelines for setting open-air fires within the city limits to limit their spread and minimize the risk of wildfires.

These guidelines state that open-air fires when NOT in a fire ban should be contained in non-combustible receptacles made of cement, brick, or sheet metal with a minimum thickness of 18-gauge. The receptacles must be covered with a heavy gauge screen with openings not exceeding 13 millimeters. Additionally, the size of the firebox should not exceed 0.61 meters.

The fuel for open-air fires should consist only of charcoal or cut, seasoned wood. Burning materials such as rubbish, garden refuse, manure, livestock or animal carcasses, and any material that generates black smoke or an offensive odor is strictly prohibited. When NOT in a fire ban, then open-air fires in the proper receptacle must be reasonably supervised, adequately ventilated, and not set in windy conditions that may lead to their spread.

It is important to note that the current fire bans and regulations are not only in place to protect property but also to safeguard the natural environment and wildlife populations. According to The Guardian, humanity has already wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles since 1970. This alarming decline in wildlife populations has led experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilization itself.

The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park, having experienced nine consecutive years of drought, are particularly vulnerable to fire risks. The dense smoke from the fires in northern Alberta and northern Saskatchewan further exacerbates the situation, endangering both the flora and fauna within these green spaces.

To ensure the long-term conservation of these vital ecosystems and to protect the remaining wildlife, it is crucial for everyone to be informed about and strictly adhere to the current fire ban regulations. By refraining from activities that could inadvertently cause fires and by following the guidelines set by the RM and City, we can collectively work towards preserving these cherished natural areas.

Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas encourages residents, visitors, and the community to stay updated on the fire ban status provided by the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, municipal authorities, and local fire departments. By actively participating in fire prevention efforts and demonstrating responsible citizenship, we can help mitigate the risks of wildfires, preserve the environment, and protect the diverse wildlife populations and forests for generations to come.

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency

Community Fire Bans

Don’t Let Your Fire Go Wild.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional ParkFor directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation AreaFor 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 limitsNEW P4G District Official Community PlanRichard 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′Addresses:Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-APart SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-AS ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-ANE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation AreaGoogle Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lotWeb page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.comWhere is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with mapWhere is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with mapPinterest richardstbarbebBlogger: FriendsAfforestationTumblr friendsafforestation.tumblr.comFacebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional ParkFacebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation AreaFacebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreasFacebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation AreaFacebook: South West OLRAReddit: FriendsAfforestationTwitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreasMix: friendsareasYouTubePlease 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 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!Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.United Nations Decade on Ecosystem RestorationUse the UN Decade’s Visual IdentityMake it your ownSpread the word about the UN DecadeLet’s Bring Back ForestsLet’s Green Our Cities“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

Understanding the Current Fire Ban in Saskatchewan

In recent weeks, the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has issued fire bans across various municipalities in the province. As of the latest update, there are 108 active fire bans in Rural Municipalities (RMs), 38 active fire bans in Urban Municipalities (UMs), and 58 active fire bans in Provincial Parks. These measures aim to mitigate the risk of wildfires and protect both human lives and the environment.

Safety First, Forests Everlast

One of the municipalities that have implemented a fire ban is the RM of Corman Park, where the ban was initiated on May 1, 2023. The wording of their fire ban notice is straightforward and leaves no room for ambiguity. It states that a “FIRE BAN” is in effect, prohibiting all outdoor fires within the RM. This includes fire pits, burning barrels, controlled burns, and even fireworks. However, there are exceptions for internal household fireplaces and gas-fueled equipment such as propane barbecues or propane fire pits.

Champion Conservation, Preserve the Wild!

The RM of Corman Park’s decision to enforce a total fire ban aligns with their Fire Services Bylaw 05/21 and the City of Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services Bylaw No 7990, which empowers them to take appropriate measures to prevent fire-related incidents. The ban will remain in effect until authorities deem it safe to lift the restrictions. This cautious approach ensures the safety of residents and helps to prevent the outbreak of wildfires during periods of heightened fire risk.

It is important for individuals and communities to adhere to these fire bans and exercise caution during this time. The dry conditions and increased temperatures in Saskatchewan create an elevated risk of fires spreading quickly and causing significant damage. By respecting the fire bans and refraining from engaging in outdoor fires, stopping smoking and stopping vaping in out door spaces such as parks, trails, dog parks as per Bylaw No. 8286 The Smoking Control Bylaw residents can contribute to the overall safety of their communities and protect the surrounding natural areas.

It is worth noting that fire bans may vary between municipalities, as each jurisdiction assesses the local conditions and determines the appropriate level of restriction. Therefore, it is crucial to stay updated on the specific fire ban measures in your area by consulting official sources, such as the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency or the respective municipal authorities.

As summer approaches and outdoor activities become more prevalent, it is our collective responsibility to prioritize safety and take preventive measures to avoid accidental fires. By following the fire bans and being mindful of potential fire hazards, we can help protect our communities, wildlife habitats, and natural landscapes from the devastating consequences of wildfires.

From Roots to Canopy, Protect Eternally!

Remember, fire bans are implemented for the well-being of everyone, and it is essential to respect and comply with these regulations. Together, let us foster a safe and resilient environment for all residents of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency

Community Fire Bans

Don’t Let Your Fire Go Wild.

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′
Addresses:
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
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Blogger: FriendsAfforestation
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
Reddit: FriendsAfforestation
Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas
Mix: friendsareas
YouTube
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 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!
Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Use the UN Decade’s Visual Identity
Make it your own
Spread the word about the UN Decade
Let’s Bring Back Forests
Let’s Green Our Cities
“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

Understanding the Impact of Fire Bans on Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Unite To Protect, Our Shared Quest!

The current fire bans implemented by the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency have important implications for natural areas such as the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. These parks, spanning 132 hectares (326 acres) and 60 hectares (148 acres) respectively, have experienced nine years of consecutive drought, making them particularly susceptible to fire risks. It is crucial to examine the fire ban regulations and understand how they protect these vulnerable ecosystems.

Defend the Woods, Unleash Your Good.

Do YOU like the forests? Please HELP! As the saying goes, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires”

Under the fire ban declared by the RM of Corman Park, all outdoor fires within the Rural Municipality are prohibited. This includes fire pits, burning barrels, controlled burns, and even fireworks. The ban aims to prevent any accidental ignition that could lead to a destructive wildfire. However, internal household fireplaces and gas-fueled equipment, such as propane barbecues or propane fire pits, are exceptions to this ban.

Be Firewise, Preserve Paradise!

In addition to the RM fire ban, the City of Saskatoon has its own bylaw, the Fire and Protective Services Bylaw (No 7990), which provides guidelines for open-air fires when there is NO FIRE BAN. During a FIRE BAN, there are NO FIRES. The bylaw states that open-air fires must be contained in a non-combustible receptacle constructed of cement, brick, or sheet metal with specific thickness requirements. The fuel for these fires should consist only of charcoal or cut, seasoned wood. Burning materials such as rubbish, garden refuse, manure, livestock or animal carcasses, and any material that generates black smoke or an offensive odor is strictly prohibited.

Furthermore, when there is no fire ban, open-air fires must be reasonably supervised, adequately ventilated, and not set in windy conditions. They should not cause interference with the use and enjoyment of another person’s property, and there are specific time restrictions for setting open-air fires between 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Discharging firearms or fireworks in parks or recreation facilities also requires written permission from the City.

In addition, City of Saskatoon Bylaw No. 8286, The Smoking Control Bylaw prohibits smoking or vaping in outdoor public places owned or operated by the City.  This includes parks and trails, playgrounds, sports fields, spray pads, outdoor and paddling pools, skateboard sites, golf courses, tennis courts, dog parks, public squares and areas around civic buildings.

These fire ban regulations and bylaws are crucial for protecting the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park from potential fire hazards. The nine consecutive years of drought have left these areas more vulnerable to wildfires, and strict fire bans are necessary to mitigate the risks and preserve the natural habitats within these parks.

It is essential for visitors, residents, and communities to respect and comply with these fire bans and regulations. By refraining from activities that could inadvertently cause fires and by following the guidelines set by the RM and City, we can collectively safeguard these valuable natural spaces. Respecting the fire bans and adhering to the restrictions is an act of responsible citizenship that helps protect the environment and ensures the safety of both humans and wildlife.

As we navigate through the fire season, it is crucial to stay informed about the current fire ban status in your area. Keep updated with information provided by the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, municipal authorities, and local fire departments. By understanding and following the fire ban regulations, we can minimize the risk of wildfires and contribute to the long-term preservation of these cherished natural areas.

Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency

Community Fire Bans

Don’t Let Your Fire Go Wild.

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′
Addresses:
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
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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 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!
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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
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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

New Fire Ban Issued

R.M. of Corman Park issues fire ban due to extreme heat, dry conditions

The ban prohibits any open flame fires including fire pits, burning barrels and fireworks. Please pay attention that due to the low water table, the extremely high temperature climate conditions, and the overall dryness of the environment overall, this fire ban is very pertinent.

This ban applies to smoking cigarettes or vapes in the afforestation as well, which also aligns with the City of Saskatoon bylaw for the areas.

Please be careful, not only the forest would be in danger, but nearby homes, and the products carried on the rail line nearby also.

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′

Addresses:

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

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Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map

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Blogger: FriendsAfforestation

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

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Facebook: South West OLRA

Reddit: FriendsAfforestation

Twitter: St Barbe Baker Charity Twitter:FriendsAreas

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )

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Support using Canada Helps

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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““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

No Burning of Wood Pallets

What’s in my firewood, and why should it matter?

“Canadian cities see millions of imports and shipping containers arrive daily. They arrive on wooden pallets and wooden crates to storage yards and towns all across Canada. Even with international treaties in place to prevent it, live insects and fungi still arrive on these pallets, crates and other wooden material associated with international shipping. Estimates are that about 0.1% to 0.5% of all solid wood packaging material carries unwanted pests. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but let’s first multiply by all those of pallets and crates that come in each year…” Source

This is the City informatonal page regarding private property homeowner back yard fire pits.

This is the City of Saskatoon Bylaw 7990 – Fire & Protective Services Bylaw, 2001.

Locations of the City of Saskatoon public fire pits (none at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and none at George Genereux Urban Regional Park).

International Year of Plant Health International Year of Plant Health International Plant Protection Convention "FAO Conference approved a draft resolution requesting the General Assembly of the United Nations to consider declaring 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH)."
International Year of Plant Health.   International Plant Protection Convention “FAO Conference approved a draft resolution requesting the General Assembly of the United Nations to consider declaring 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).”

During this International Year of Plant Health declared by the United Nations General Assembly,   please take care of all the plants, the terrestrial and aquatic environment at the Richard St. Barbe baker Afforestation Area, and George Genereux Urban Regional Park in Saskatoon!

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

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside 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′
Addresses:
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

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

You Tube George Genereux Urban Regional Park

 

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!

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“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“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 nation 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.


See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence . . . We need silence to be able to touch souls.
~Mother Teresa

“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

 

Fire Prevention Week

This is currently National Fire Prevention Week – October 6 – 12, 2019.  For this year’s theme, it is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

Pass on the word, and help to provide educate and awareness to everybody about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Autumn is typically a dry time of the year with plentiful dead and dry leaves scattered on the ground at the afforestation areas.  Not only is not having open fires a good practice all year round in the afforestation areas, but it is of paramount importance not to have fires in the autumn.  The residences of Cedar Villa Estates, and Montgomery Place neighbourhood are adjacent to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation area as are the Saskatoon Italian Centre, and the freight and passengers of the adjoining Canadian National Railway Chappell Yards.

Not only that, but there is an increase in users to the afforestation areas, and in a forest, a simple fire can get out of control, and have devastating consequences as a wildfire.  Please be careful out there,  abide by the City of Saskatoon’s bylaws.  Please provide the necessary education and awareness to all users of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park to help to honour City Council’s mandate to preserve the afforestation areas in perpetuity.  One way to respect the integrity of the forest is to prevent fires.

The Saskatoon Fire Department is promoting Fire and Life Safety tips, using  social media throughout the week.    Check it out https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Fire-Prevention-Week

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Fire Prevention Day October 9
National Fire Prevention Week – October 6 – 12, 2019

 

 

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

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside 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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

You Tube George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Should you wish to help protect / enhance the afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)  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!

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“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“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 nation 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.

“I believe in the Oneness of Mankind and all living things and the interdependence of each and all.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

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