Child running through the forest having a great time connecting with nature
The “Safety in the Forest” campaign from Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas is raising the necessary funds to provide wildlife friendly motorized vehicle barriers to mitigate illegal trash dumping, as part of our Great Canadian Giving Challenge campaign.
Donations will help support the work required to install Jersey Barriers with gates for legitimate motorized vehicle users, allow safe passage for users into a greenspace who appreciate an urban regional park and wetlands inside of the City of Saskatoon, and minimizing future damage.
And…That’s not all, because we are a charity and you get a charitable tax receipt, you get 53% of your donation back on your Canadian Income Taxes at tax time!!! Woo Hoo!!
Challenge begins June 1, 2020 at 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time(midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2020 at 1:59:59 am Central Standard Time ( 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Grand prize draw is on CANADA DAY, July 1, 2020 – $20,000 will be donated to the winning charity
Can you help ? Any size donation to the Great Canadian Giving Challenge is awesome!!! And this is a great opportunity to participate in a fund raising challenge for a chance to win $20,000 and build a parking lot to park the motorized vehicles!
Students, and classroom place based learning can engage in climate action with safe forest environments.
“As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions from human activities that remain in the atmosphere today, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing” as reported in The Guardian.
Biodiversity, endangered species, plants, trees survive wetter, wilder and warmer conditions as afforestation areas create their own micro-climate.
“Trees. Their greatest value is probably their beneficent effect on life, health, climate, soil, rainfall and streams. Trees beautify the country, provide shade for humans and stock, shelter crops from wind and storm and retain water in the soil at a level at which it can be used by man….When the tree covering disappears from the earth, the water level sinks.” Richard St. Barbe Baker “I planted trees”
Local food production capacity can increase with food forestry under extreme heat and dry conditions caused by climate change. “Remember that trees create their own microclimates; the reduce the speed of the wind across the land; their roots actually raise the level of the local water table; and their presence increases the population of worms, which increase the fertility of the soil.” Christopher and Dolores Lynn Nyerges
“If you want to double your supplies of food, then you should devote twenty percent of your farm to trees, to strategically planted shelter belts…Trees create a micro-climate [and] life the water table…” Richard St. Barbe Baker
Reductions in soil health from warmer weather due to climate change are mitigated with afforestation. “when the trees go, the rain goes, the climate deteriorates, the water table sinks, the land erodes and desert conditions soon appear.” Richard St. Barbe Baker
“We know business as usual will be disastrous,” he said. “We’ve already identified some solutions for reducing carbon emissions in parts of our society, such as in transportation and agriculture, and we’re working on ways to transform our energy consumption. So why not restore our ecosystem as well? Half of what comes out of car tailpipes stays in the atmosphere; the rest gets absorbed by the ecosystem. That’s a huge absorptive capability that must be saved.
“Maybe we’ll find we don’t need to plant a billion hectares of trees,” says Sassan Saatchi, a senior scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “Perhaps we can restore existing, degraded ecosystems to their natural state.”
Damage to public and private property from flood damage which results from wetter conditions are preventable with caring for the afforestation areas.
Afforestation areas provide alternative locations for classroom place based learning activities with the as daily temperatures reach 30 Celsius with greater frequency because of climate change.
Vulnerable populations at risk of heart attack and heart disease can enjoy exercise, health, in shady conditions.
With new sector growth – neighbourhoods, businesses, lower demand for civic staff response for precipitation events due to an increase in wetter conditions as the afforestation areas mitigate flooding.
for International Climate Change Day Sunday June 21
“We stand in awe and wonder at the beauty of a single tree. Tall and graceful it stands, yet robust and sinewy with spreading arms decked with foliage that changes through the seasons, hour by hour, moment by moment as shadows pass or sunshine dapples the leaves. How much more deeply are we moved as we begin to appreciate the combined operations of the assembly of trees we call a forest.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker
We have the capacity to create a remarkably different economy: one that can restore ecosystems and protect the environment while bringing forth innovation, prosperity, meaningful work, and true security. – Paul Hawken
Going back to a simpler life is not a step backward. – Yvon Chouinard
For this decade; (2011–2020) what is the global initiative? Scroll down to find out!
And here is the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. “hidden phrase search.”
Biodiversity Word Search
T O G D E C O S Y S T E M P I
A T O I B X C R E A T U R E N
C M D V N E T F M A E O T Y V
E O H E E O U I X O T F H R E
T R N R G N I O N E S P I R R
A P W S G R N T C C A S U L T
R H E I E O A T A R T T E O E
B O E F M R I D G R A I R S B
E L C I I O V O A R O G O L R
T O C C N L E A E T A T I N A
R G A A N G D P T N I V S P T
E Y A T O C M L I I I O R E E
V S E I C E P S I N O E N T R
F O B O T R M N G W Y N A T U
R E V N L A I R T S E R R E T
Of these words which pertain to biodiversity; how many are you aware of? How many fungus, plants, animals, or birds have you identified today? iNaturalist can help!
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!
“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
“The trees and vegetation, which cover the land surface of the Earth and delight the eye, are performing vital tasks incumbent upon the vegetable world in nature. Its presence is essential to earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life; it is the “Skin” of the earth, for without it there can be no water and, therefore, no life.”Richard St. Barbe Baker
Thank you to RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development for this honour. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park are a mixed woodlands situated in the West Swale of Saskatoon. Through the Green Vision, Saskatoon will continue to have valued afforestation areas to mitigate climate change, therefore, heritage, semi wilderness wildlife habitats and recreational greenspace will be safe and protected. In the 2013-2023 CoS Strategic Plan, then city manager, Murray Totland asks, “What would Saskatoon look like if it grew to half a million people? And then we need to consider, “What do we want it to look like?” Our 2020 Green vision is for a healthy, safe green space with thriving and diverse ecosystems with protection of wetlands, woodlands, and grasslands, and an inter-connected West Swale eco-system to support sustainable growth and environmental leadership.
The City of Saskatoon CoS and P4G are currently planning 7-8 neighbourhoods with 70,000 people, a new employment sector, and a rural industrial-commercial area all next to the afforestation areas. The Cities of Saskatoon, Martensville and Warman, the Town of Osler and the RM of Corman Park have formed the Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth (P4G).
Our 2020 Green Vision pro-actively engages, and seeks protections regarding these urban afforestation areas and their ecosystem. The environmental non-profit charity, Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. formed to protect and preserve these significant heritage sites by ensuring safety, restoring, developing, and maintaining the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas with a view to commemorating the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas and educating the public about them. The 2020 green vision supports environmental sustainability. The Friends encourage management and cost-effective solutions for addressing the challenges to sustainably support the environment. The Friends work towards environmental sustainability through research, education, policy change, collaboration and partnerships in achieving targets. Education enhancing pro-active actions, investments and expanded capacity stops the degradation of the ecosystem, the loss of biodiversity and increases the recognition of the aesthetic, natural, historic, cultural, social and spiritual importance of the afforestation areas in our application for municipal heritage status.
Every past and future trash cleanup sees continued improvement, yet more is needed, such as the need for improvements, protections and education to keep up with the growing population, increasing pressures and demands on the ecosystem. Sustainability is indeed, thinking about the day after tomorrow. The critical habitat of the Horned Grebe, one of the federally listed species, is subject to illegal motorized vehicle trespass along the wetlands shoreline, resulting in invasive species, habitat loss, and nutrient loading from illegal trash dumping.
Managing woodland ecosystems sustainability will maintain the biodiversity and protect the small yellow lady’s slipper listed in the provincial rare species database. “The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Albert Einstein. Environmental stewardship and guardian roles for youth, and afforestation area users are enhanced through place-based learning. Ecosystem sustainability education brings awareness, networking and education brings about the capacity for successful conservation. “In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum.
The afforestation areas were preserved in perpetuity in 1972 by city council The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. is a non-profit charitable incorporation formed with a mission to honour the council decision of 1972, and to continue onwards to conserve the Saskatoon afforestation areas which we love. During the COVID-19 protocols come out with i-Naturalist loaded on your smart phone to help document the biodiversity and enjoy the afforestation areas with social distancing. Please support the habitat of endangered species, marvel at the rich and diverse heritage and celebrate the eco-system wonders.
Take the first step, the rest will follow. Book the ticket, apply for the job, send the email, jump into the water. The rest gets easier from there. – Abi
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land G. K. Chesterton
Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey’s fits and starts, rehearses life’s own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things.” Jonathan Raban
Meewasin Valley Authority managed and City of Saskatoon owned
Inside the drawing of the stylized tree, you should find: The Words
Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
The little images to find hiding in the stylized tree coloring page are:
A Child in Nature
“Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.
Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.
Their language has been lost.
But not the gestures.”
― Vera Nazarian
There are different kinds of birds hiding in this tree, five altogether. There are several butterflies as well. Isn’t it amazing the plants and animals that can be found in a forest and alongside a wetlands!
And the neat thing about this coloring page, is that if you can find flowers, birds, trees, animals and be observant in this activity, well then, you can be a real world contributor to iNaturalist for the Genereux Park Eco-QuestGP-EQ and the Baker Area Eco-QuestBA-EQ. It is just that easy!
“If on any given day you don’t cry from rejoicing in the beauty of the world, then you have not lived that day.”
― Kamand Kojouri
Heart health forest walking
Bumblebee on rose
JackRabbit West Swale Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Saskatoon, SK, CA
was Arbor Day, the very very first Arbor Day in the province of Saskatchewan! If you didn’t get your tree planted yet, Arbor Week continues today and tomorrow, so you can have the weekend. Yay!
So, there is a virtual activity you can take part in to celebrate your love of trees.
Come out to the afforestation areas; either Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area or George Genereux Urban Regional Park, and immerse yourself in nature while social distancing and following COVID-19 protocols.
Download the iNaturalist app and sign into a free account. (Android, iPhone)
As you walk take a nature selfie and upload a photo or sound clip and add it to the project.
It does not matter what plant, animal, insect, or bird you see every observation is important, whether you find that elusive rare butterfly or share your find of a common weed. This becomes a living record that scientists can use to monitor changes in these urban regional parks’ biodiversity.
If you really like nature and observing, then try to go out at different times of the day, sunrise, midday, sunset. And continue around every season to see phenological changes.
iNaturalist is a great way to observe, learn and become aware of your surroundings in nature, and discovering urban nature. Hear it. See it. Live it.
For Arbor Week, here is another free coloring page (pdf)! (Immediate download) A bird forest. How many birds can you find? Can you design a bird that can be seen in Saskatchewan in the centre bird outline? Can you add more birds to the tree? What birds nest on the ground?
“To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.” Clarissa Pinkola Estés
He that plants trees loves others beside himself. Thomas Fuller
We make an immense mistake when we think of trees as solely an aesthetic member of a community. They cut pollution, they cool the air, they prevent erosion, they muffle sound, they produce oxygen. Then, after all that, they look good. Dr. Richard Leakey
For our virtual Arbor Day activity today is to consider your unique story. (besides planting trees privately at your home 😉
Consider the many ways in which trees have impacted your life, besides supplying life giving oxygen for you to breathe, and purifying the air.
Your story adventure could be happiness is strolling through the forest with your puppy.
Or perhaps you story will be sinking your teeth into a juicy apple, or some yummy Saskatoon berries fresh from the tree. Have you found the Saskatoons and apple tree at the afforestation area yet?
Another great story may be the willow catkins you find which herald that spring arrives alongside the arrival of Robin and Meadowlark.
Another great forest story may be the time hiking through the woods and you discover deer or rabbit, fawn or duckling. Did you know many ducks nest on the ground, so be careful with your puppies in the spring nesting season.
There is so much to be grateful to forests about.
What is your story about why trees and forests are special to you?
There are three amazing ways you can show your appreciation for the afforestation areas:
1) Download theiNaturalist app on your smart phone, and take pictures of the plants and animals. This shows the amazing value of the forests, and is a wonderful way to increase your love of the forests as it increases your observation skills to the wonders which about in nature.
2) Support the 2020 Green Vision master plan. If you are unable to make a financial gift during these weird crazy, and uncertain times, please know that there are many ways you can help. You can advocate for us by sharing our vision and our purpose with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention or a share on your social media would be every so awesome.
3) The other thing is that with SARCAN closed right now, we can pick up your bottles and recycling on our virtual bottle drive. We cannot come to you door to door, but if you call us, we can arrange a safe pick up, and it is a win-win! So many are taking part in COVID-19 cleanups around their home and yard, and what a better time to save the environment, and recycle safely and remove the stinky piles and piles of bottles, while saving the afforestation area too for students, and classrooms, and endangered species!!! Wow! We are so close to installation of Jersey Barriers, with just a little more fundraising, we can level the ground under them!! Can you help, please?
Thank you for however you appreciate forests and trees, and the habitat they provide for all kinds of animals, and forbes.
Autumn picture of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas supported by the non profit group Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. Please join now, like, support, share.
Rose in the Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For a virtual arbor week, lets us take time to consider a good book which we recommend! Can there be a good tree book?
The best tree book for identification of trees is Trees in Canada by John Laird Farrar. This is like David Allen Sibley or Roger Tory Peterson Field Guides to learning about birds. What Sibley and Peterson provide for learning about birds, Farrar takes to the tree level.
A great book to learn about enjoying trees is “My Life My Trees” by Richard St. Barbe Baker. This is just one of the many books in which Baker extolls the wonders of trees. St. Barbe tells us of his woodland rebirth, when he “had entered the temple of the woods” and became absolutely captivated with trees for the rest of his life journey.
A book, in turn, about Richard St. Barbe Baker is Man of the Trees, Richard St. Barbe Baker, The First Global Conservationist by Paul Hanley, forward by HRH The Prince of Wales, and introduction by Jane Goodall.
The Saskatoon Tree Tour booklet produced by SOS Elms Coalition tells of the great trees in and around Saskatoon and introduces the work of the newly re-named SOS Trees Coalition.
Horticulturist Sara Williams, inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame, co-authored Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens and Williams has written Best Trees and Shrubs for the Prairies; Creating the Prairie Xeriscape and Gardening Naturally.
There is also the 2020 Green Vision Booklet put out by the newly created non profit charity, Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc., to support Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park here in Saskatoon.
And when capturing the essence of trees, there is also the famous poem about trees by Joyce Kilmer.
To help celebrate Arbor Week and Arbor Day May 22, please consider supporting the Green Vision to protect the forest to support these healthy recreation and natural greenspaces. Thanks
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.~by Joyce Kilmer
If you have another great tree book which has been inadvertently missed from this short list, please comment, as it would be great to read yet another fantastic book about trees!
“Besides water, trees provide pure air. They are the great filtering machines for the human organism. They improve and transform the air in a way which is most favorable and most acceptable to the lungs of man.”…. “According to ancient mythology, trees were the first living things on earth. This is borne out by scientific reasoning which shows that it is through them that the air we breathe can give life to humanity. Through countless ages trees have been drawing carbonic acid gas from the atmosphere, absorbing and incorporating the carbon, assimilating it; then when they die, bequeathing to soil their carboniferous remains. The consequence has been that eventually the atmospheric oxygen was left sufficiently pure for the requirements of birds and mammals which have replaced the flying reptiles and monstrous amphibians that were able to endure the heavy air of primeval swamps and jungles.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker– from Trees and Life Selected writings of Richard St. Barbe Baker
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
― Chinese proverb
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life….
So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”
― Herman Hesse
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ― Martin Luther
Arbor Week, a time to recognize the importance and values of trees. Public awareness of our native indigenous trees is of great import during this week, as is taking the time to take action on climate change and plant a few trees.
An amazing way to identify trees is via LeafSnap or through iNaturalist. These are two great “pocket guides” on your smart phone to use in the field. As you walkabout Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area or George Genereux Urban Regional Park, take a picture with your smart phone using one of these two apps, and the app will bring forward suggestions just for you. As a matter of fact, there is a great Eco-Quest being undertaken right now, a great arbor week activity which can be undertaken while social distancing.