Today is #ThankfulThursday, December 3.
What is there to be thankful for this #thankfulthursday? The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. are grateful and thankful for everyone who gave support via online nominations or by donations to these wonderful urban regional parks on #GivingTuesday!
December 4 is Wildlife Conservation Day which is something absolutely wonderful to be in gratitude for. Saskatoon is blessed to have a semi-wilderness corridor where over a dozen species at risk have been found, and the users and stakeholders in the afforestation area are committed to their protection. It is great that there is no hunting and no poaching allowed in these urban regional parks. Become familiar with TIPPS, any the SK Environment poaching and polluter fines. In an era where agricultural land, and urban expansion has left zoos and conservation areas for wildlife, it is absolutely phenomenal that the 326 acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the 127.8 acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park still afford glimpses of wildlife inside the City of Saskatoon. For these we are all grateful.
It is a great time of year to be thankful for United Nations World Soil Day on December 5. Saskatoon is in a fortunate position as the afforestation areas serve as filtration system for the waters of the West Swale which percolate through the forest floor where the water undergoes an amazing filtration system designed by Mother Nature herself. So as the West Swale enters the South Saskatchewan River watershed, the afforestation areas have cleaned the water draining through the West Swale tributary into the river just upstream from the city water intake.
“Carbon emissions are a major contributor to climate change. The world´s forests, in one of their many roles, act as a significant carbon store. 650 billion tonnes of carbon, or nearly one third of the total in terrestrial ecosystems, are captured in forests. Forest soils also store a quantity of carbon equalling that of the global forest biomass, about 45 percent each. An additional ten percent of carbon is found in forest dead wood and litter. In total, forests store as much carbon as the atmosphere.”
As we know from the warmer and drier years of the dirty thirties, trees and forests are needed to protect our soils! “In order to protect our soils, we need to protect our trees and forests.” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
“How you protect and manage forest soils affects your forests short- and long-term productivity and the water quality of adjoining streams and lakes, including their suitability for fish habitat and other uses.” “U.S. Forest Service pdf
Thank you again to everyone who was in a position to help out or donate on #GivingTuesday, and we are indeed grateful for the many and varied important returns of the afforestation areas as amazing urban regional parks. Should you care to support the afforestation area Giving Tuesday here is the YouTube video for @GivingTuesdayCA. An e-Transfer to email@example.com is received directly into the non-profit charity bank account 😉
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
DRAFT 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′
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
Facebook 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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“The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. ” Wangari Maathai.
“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 nations 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.