Forest connections

Discovering an alliance and affiliation with nature. Taking photos through the iNaturalist app on the smartphone, to immerse an outdoor, nature-loving invigorating afternoon. An idyllic way to find a connection in the forest, to see the liason and relation between trees and understorey, to find the kinship between in this semi-wilderness area, and explore nature’s forest habitat. Experience a care-free healthful, informal nature relationship.

Eventbrite Registration Sunday Sep 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm Nature Connect Bio-Blitz and Forest Walk meet at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area GPS 52.1012839, -106.749158 meet at the SW Off Leash Recreation Area Just in time for World Environmental Health Day, check out the forest health today.

National Forest Week The last full week of September. Maple Leaf Day the Wednesday of that week.
National Forest Week The last full week of September. Maple Leaf Day the Wednesday of that week.

This program for National Forest Week is brought to you by the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas an environmental non-profit charity that was created to preserve and restore the 326-acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the 148-acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Our work reinforces the 1979 City Council decision designating these afforestation areas on the western fringe of Saskatoon to “be preserved in perpetuity.” They are important habitat for wildlife as well as semi-wild public spaces for recreation and nature immersion. The larger of these two areas is named after Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1982), who has been called the “first global conservationist” and in recognition of this he was made the first Honorary Life Member of the World Wildlife Fund in 1969. A British forester who also homesteaded and studied in Saskatoon, he dedicated his entire life unfailingly to the preservation and planting of trees and forests.

This is one session in a week long series of events celebrating National Forest Week with a theme – “Our Forests – Continually Giving”

Sat. Sept 18 7:00 Saskatoon’s Wildlife—the real night life in Saskatoon! Saskatoon’s trail cams reveal who’s who. 

Sept 19 2:00 Nature Snapshot in Time

Sun Sep. 19 2:00 Forestry Farm Walking Tour

Canada-wide CLS environmental education program explores historical time lines Sun. Sep 19 7:00

Mon Sept 20 2:00 Flag raising Ceremony at City Hall – National Forest Week

Mon Sept 20 7:00 The Urban Forest and Climate Change

During National Forest Week enjoy the self-guided SOS Tree Tour of unique trees in our fair city!

Tues Sept 21 7:00  Dr. Colin Laroque Shelterbelts SB- Decision Support System and Agroforestry

Wed. Sept 22 Maple Leaf Day 7:00 National Healing Forests Truth and Reconciliation

Thurs Sept 23 7:00 Urban forests and greenspaces enhance Saskatoon’s quality of life.

Fri Sept Sep 24 at 7:00 pm When and Where did you see What?!?

Sat Sept 25 7:00 PaRx in Saskatchewan, PaRx, Canada’s First National Prescription Program has officially arrived in Saskatchewan!

Sunday Sunday Sep 26 at 2:00 Forest connections and guided walk

Sunday Sep 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm Our Forests.  Are They Alive?

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 )

Donate your old vehicle, here’s how!  

Support using Canada Helps

Support via a recycling bottle donation

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

Dance of the Trees

Richard St. Barbe Baker sought for an activity to saving the forests while he was appointed Assistant Conservator of Forests in Kenya, Africa. Professor Sir Arthur Thomson, himself a Scottish naturalist, wrote the introduction to Richard St. Barbe Baker’s book, Brotherhood of the Trees.

July 22, 1922 was an historic day. Thomson continues, “entering into the spirit of what the forest-folk liked, he [Baker] gradually got them to help with what he had at heart in the way of saving the trees. As the story tells, a new dance – a dance of the trees – caught on and out of it came a freshly-inspired brotherhood, with the boy-scout idea of doing some kind thing every day, one of the easiest kid things being the planting of a tree; so a movement began which is full of promise.”

Thomson describes the Brotherhood of the Trees as a welcoming invitation, “those that would help the “Men of the Trees” movement must think of it in a big way. It has a significance deeper than appears on the surface. For it is not merely that the world is bettered by saving, replacing and multiplying trees, it is that an aim of this kind becomes an impulse towards developing a mood and an outlook which will increasingly feel it to be natural to think for the future, for other people, for generations yet unborn. Planting a tree is a symbol of a looking forward kind of action, looking forward, yet not too distantly.”

Sir John Arthur Thomson FRSE LLD was a Scottish naturalist, Regius Professor of Natural History University of Aberdeen and he was, himself a prolific and widely read author. The Nature periodical writes about Thomson, “he had a gift of simple, lucid writing and lecturing, which enabled him from his full knowledge to expound the beauty and interest of Nature, so that no man of his time has done so much to interest the people in natural history. That was a work of importance, paving the way for that appreciation of scientific work which will allot to it its proper place in the life and progress of civilisation. “

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Gratitude goes out to

Mel Franciz Andes
Jonah Barrett
Brady Warford
Erik Froc
Jonah Barrett
Jordan Rekunyk
Justin Waselyshen
Mel Franciz Andes
Jeremiah Corda
Riley Chometa
Sarah Radke

Computer Systems Technology students
Saskatchewan Polytechnic under Instructor Wade Lahoda

Interpretation contributed by John Arthur Thomson; Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.

To submit interpretive stories to the editor Contact friendsafforestation@gmail.com

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How To Handle Every #belikebruce Challenge With Ease Using These Tips

#BeLikeBruce Purple Ribbon Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in the foreground

Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments.

Wayne Dyer

#BeLikeBruce #EverySecondCounts Memorial Pancreatic Cancer Research fund commemorates Bruce Gordon, Police Sergeant called to the bar before his untimely passing at the age of 54 (November 14, 1962 – September 29, 2017). Bruce Gordon, a cross-fit triathlon athlete who took part in Ironman competitions taught that #EverySecondCounts.

When you win, you don’t examine it very much, except to congratulate yourself. You easily, and wrongly, assume it has something to do with your rare qualities as a person. But winning only measures how hard you’ve worked and how physically talented you are; it doesn’t particularly define you beyond those characteristics.

Lance Armstrong

Bruce Gordon served decades with the Saskatoon Police Service [SPS] in the Sex Crimes Unit as well as Major Crimes/ Homicide before turning to a civilian job in British Columbia. Then he returned to school graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 2016. In tribute to Gordon, the Saskatoon Police gym is named the Bruce Gordon Physical Fitness Centre. Gordon was also bestowed the Saskatoon-Grasswood Canada 150 Award, the SPS Exemplary Service Medal and the Chief’s Award of Excellence. Gordon played as forward with the Saskatoon Blades and Medicine Hat Tigers, and coached midget hockey. Gordon was active in the community serving with the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, PRIDE Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Road Runners Club, John Lake Home and School Council, and the Saskatoon Sexual Assault Centre. A Bruce Gordon banner was raised in the SaskTel Centre, and fundraisers proliferate to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer in his name.

You possess a non-renewable resource, which is headed toward total depletion and that resource is time. You can either invest your life or let it dribble through your fingers like sand in an hour glass. If there is ever a time to redeem every second, every minute it is now. You may never have tomorrow. You can’t count your days, but with the Lord as your Savior you can make your days count.

Billy Graham
#EverySecondCounts and the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Trembling Aspen Bluff

Regardless of how distant your dreams may seem, every second counts.

Dean Karnazes

Forest photos by Shwetha Gopinath

Prairie Forest Virtual App Programming by

Gratitude goes out to

Mel Franciz Andes
Jonah Barrett
Brady Warford
Erik Froc
Jonah Barrett
Jordan Rekunyk
Justin Waselyshen
Mel Franciz Andes
Jeremiah Corda
Riley Chometa
Sarah Radke

Computer Systems Technology students
Saskatchewan Polytechnic under Instructor Wade Lahoda

Interpretation by Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.

To submit interpretive stories to the editor Contact friendsafforestation@gmail.com

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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