Congratulations, Maureen Reed

Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause.

sunset-370244_1920.jpgCongratulations, Maureen Reed

it has been an enriching experience that Maureen Reed has bestowed advice for the Stewards of the Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.  Maureen Reed, Professor and Assistant Director, School of Environment and Sustainability, has been honoured with the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.  Altogether, 55 women were chosen for this award from Saskatoon and surrounding area. Susan Carr, general manager of the Prince Albert Model Forest, describes Maureen Reed, “She just has a grace in the way she is able to encourage students and give them very good direction.  She is a person people want to work with, and is a magnet for very good people that want to work for the better good.”

Reed is known on the international stage, for her research work with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO)  biosphere reserves, their governance and sustainability.  Currently, UNESCO has about 300 biosphere reserves across Europe and North America as part of the Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme.

Reed was chosen for the YWCA lifetime achievement award.  In the words of Richard St. Barbe Baker; “Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause.  Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward.  Bend to the winds of heaven.  And learn tranquility.”

For more information:

About the Biosphere Sustainability Project  University of Waterloo.  2012.Date accessed May 20, 2016.

Dr Maureen Reed Home Page Date accessed May 20, 2016.

International Centre for Northern Governance and Development Date accessed May 20, 2016.
Larson, Scott.  Culture, Science and the Natural World.  Bridges.  Saskatoon Star Phoenix.  Friday May 20, 2016.  pages 4-6.
Maureen Reed’s Progres Lab – Practices of Governance, Resilience, Environmental and Social Sustainability  University of Saskatchewan.  2016.  Date accessed May 20, 2016.

Prof. Maureen Reed To receive Women of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement. YWCA.  April 15, 2016  Date accessed May 20, 2016.

SENS professor Maureen Reed recognized for resarch impact University of Saskatchewan.  2016.  Date accessed May 20, 2016.

 

About the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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Municipal Reserve and park space

The Honourable Pat Lorje, Councillor Ward 2 City of Saskatoon
City of Saskatoon
Council Enquiry April 25, 2016
The Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area is an urban forest in the south-west section of the city. I believe is is all within the current boundaries of the City of Saskatoon, and that a portion of it may fall within the MVA jurisdiction. It is south of the CN Freight Yards, and near Ducks Unlimited Chappell Marsh, and Cedar Villa Estates. Unfortunately, it is also close to the city landfill.
This naturalized forest was planted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in the early 1970’s. Several groups currently use it, including the Fat Bikers Club (the Fatlanders), as well as a group of BMX enthusiasts who were apparently given permission by the city to use the area some twenty years ago. There are also numerous on-leash dog walkers and other people who merely want to stroll in nature on the edge of the city. It is also home to many animals.
The Montogmery Community Association has tried to pick up some of the garbage in the forest, but since there are at least 20 large truckloads of garbage that has been abandoned there by people who bypass the city landfill, this is an almost herculean task.
Will the Administration please report on the following matters with respect to the Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area:
  1. Can/will it be declared Municipal Reserve and added to the city’s park space inventory?
  2. What measures can be taken in both the short term (since there is no current budget for this) and the long term to enclose the area in order to prevent unlawful dumping of garbage and trespass by motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles and ATVs? This could include measures such as strategically-placed boulder, gates and fencing.
  3. Can/will the city provide resources to pick up the accumulated garbage in the area? This could be accomplished by either city crews picking up this garbage, or by giving assistance for landfill tipping fees for community volunteers to start the clean-up of this significant urban asset.
  4. What plans are there to consult with community groups, stakeholders and adjacent residents to develop a possible program for the area including the South West Concept Plan development?

JackRabbit

Now it is time to explore what is a municipal dedicated land?

“Dedicated lands are for parks, open space and other public amenities. There are four types: buffer strips, environmental reserves, municipal reserves, and walkways. Any person subdividing land must provide, without compensation, dedicated lands to the municipality in which the land is located…

Municipal reserves may be used for open space, parks, recreation facilities, public buildings, schools, natural areas, and horticultural or agricultural uses. The land may be leased for any of the permitted uses, or for buildings or facilities owned by charitable corporations. Municipalities and school divisions may negotiate agreements for the joint use and maintenance of municipal reserves (s. 192, Act & s. 6, Regulations).

The location and suitability of land to be dedicated as municipal reserve is subject to the approval of the Director of Community Planning or any council or authority that has been declared an approving authority pursuant to the Act (s. 186, Act). New municipal reserves are to be identified on survey plans as Municipal Reserve MR#.

Every subdivision for residential purposes must designate 10% of its gross area as municipal reserve; for other subdivisions 5%. The gross area includes all the proposed lots, parcels, streets, and lanes, and the remainder of the land being subdivided if it cannot be further subdivided. (Government of Sk. 2007.)”

“As per the Planning and Development Act, 10% of this neighbourhood [the University Heights Suburban Development Area]is dedicated to Municipal Reserve(COS 2009.) “Use of Public/Municipal Reserve – Public and Municipal Reserve land shall be used only for public parks and recreation purposes(COS 1989). ” “Dedicated Lands – Parcels of land dedicated as buffer strips, environmental reserves, municipal reserves, public reserves and walkways(City of Sasktoon, 1996).  .  Environmental reserve land is not included in the total amount of land dedicated as public or municipal reserve, but is a separate dedicated City land holding.(City of Saskatoon.  1989)

According Chapter P-13.2* of the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 2007 (effective March 21, 2007)” c.P-13.2, s.191.
Use of municipal reserve, public reserve 192(1) Subject to subsection (2), a public reserve or a municipal reserve is only to be used for: (a) a public park or buffer strip; (b) a public recreation area; (c) school purposes; (d) a natural area; (e) a public building or facility; (f) a building or facility used and owned by a charitable corporation as defined in The Non-profit Corporations Act, 1995; (g) agricultural or horticultural uses; or (h) any other specific or general use that the minister may prescribe by regulation. (2) Subject to section 22, a council that has been declared an approving authority pursuant to subsection 13(1) may permit uses on a municipal reserve other than those uses mentioned in subsection (1). ”

“Vision Statement “The reciprocal relationship between Corman Park and Saskatoon will grow to keep pace with the need for sustainable, regional economic and social development based on a tradition of thoughtful planning and sound land use and development management” in regards to The Planning and Development Act, 2007; Section 6: Recreational Objectives and Policies. “Use and Enjoyment of Adjacent Properties 1. Recreational developments and uses shall be aesthetically pleasing and shall consider the use and enjoyment of adjacent and nearby properties.

2. Prior to making a recommendation to the Approving Authority regarding the allocation of land dedication, money in lieu of dedication or a combination thereof to satisfy Municipal Reserve requirements as a condition of subdivision approval, Council shall consider the recreational needs of the area.

3. Land dedication shall be directed to areas that provide open space recreational opportunities and the development of integrated trail systems and continuous pedestrian linkages.

4. Partnership agreements may be considered with Saskatoon, the Meewasin Valley Authority or local community organizations to jointly develop and support recreational amenities, community services and emergency services. (Corman Park 2016) ”

The City Bylaw states ““Park” means Municipal Reserve or other lands maintained for recreational purposes, owned by the City and designated as one or more of the following:” Further to this, under Environmental Management 9.1 Riverbank Stewardship, “Riverbank Protection a) For the purpose of protecting or conserving the natural, historical and recreational features of the Riverbank Area of the South Saskatchewan River, the Riverbank Area shall, insofar as possible, be dedicated as Municipal Reserve or Environmental Reserve under the provisions of The Planning and Development Act, 2007 as amended. Furthermore, the banks of the South Saskatchewan River shall, insofar as possible, be conserved as public open space for the benefit of all citizens. The development of the Riverbank Area for visual amenity and public recreation shall be undertaken in a manner that enhances and complements the natural and historical features of the riverbank” from bylaw Number. 8769

Under the same bylaw, Parks, and Recreation Open Space; “For the purposes of establishing a desirable standard for public open spaces within the City of Saskatoon, a ratio of four (4) hectares of public open space for every one thousand (1000) persons shall be considered adequate and reasonable. Such public open spaces may include Municipal Reserves and such other publicly owned areas as are dedicated or assigned to fulfilling the needs of public enjoyment and recreation.”

“Terry [Terry Fusco, Senior Planner Long Range Planning City of Saskatoon] stated he is interested in know what type of transition Montgomery Place would be
interested in when the South West Sector in planned.
What should the transition from existing residential (Montgomery Place) to future
Employment Area (Business Park and Light Industrial) look like?
Residential – Earth Berm – Business Park – Light Industrial
Residential – Municipal Reserve – Business Park – Light Industrial
Residential – Road – Municipal Reserve – Business Park – Light Industrial
As the Business Park and Light Industrial Area is built-out, 5% of the land to be developed
is required for Municipal Reserve. The Municipal Reserve Parcel could be considered a
transitional area between the existing residential neighbourhood and the new employment
area.
Note: Municipal Reserve does not necessarily mean open field of grass. Municipal
Reserve parcels can be used for public facilities like Arenas, Leisure Centers, and Fire
Halls. They can also be used for City-wide recreation such as Soccer and/or baseball
fields, etc (Montgomery. 2015).”

There are both environmental reserves and municipal reserves, and they are spoken to in the Planning and Development Act Sections 192 and 193 Queens Printer.  Additionally the Dedicated Lands Regulations outline the measures and restrictions on land when it receives a parcel class.  At the current moment both land areas of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area are classified as ordinary surface lands without any parcel class restrictions upon them according to Saskatchewan Community Planning and the Informational Services Corporation ISC land titles database.  Tyson McShane is currently planning the South West Sector, and is taking into consideration the afforestation area, while being aware that at this time it is partially zoned light residential / park.

With community engagement, and the commitment taken in 1972 by Saskatoon City Council that the Richard St. Barbe Baker Park be kept in perpetuity as an afforestation area, the direction towards a Richard St. Barbe Baker Park would serve the needs and desires of residents speaking up for Saskatoon in regards to the South West Sector planning as land areas in the South West Sector are being sold for employment economies embracing Business Parks and Light Industrial Areas.

Bibliography and For More Information:

COS City of Saskatoon Evergreen Concept plan June 2009 Land Branch. File 4131-28. Date accessed May 17, 2016

COS City of Saskatoon C009-005 Dedication of Public and Municipal Reserve Lands December 11, 1989 Date accessed May 17, 2016

A Guide to Municipal Dedicated Lands – Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Assoc. Regina, Sk. 96-04. Date accessed May 17, 2016.

Corman Park – Saskatoon Planning District Official Community Plan Corman Park – Saskatoon Planning District Official Community Plan. Date accessed May 17, 2016.

City of Saskatoon Administrative Policy Number A10-017. Park Development Guidelines. January 23, 1996 General Manager, Community Services. City File No. CK 4205-I. Date accessed May 17, 2016.

City of Saskatoon Bylaw 7767.  The Recreation Facilities and Parks Usage Bylaw, 1998  Codified to Bylaw 9272 (April 27, 2015)Date accessed May 20, 2016.

City of Saskatoon official Community Plan Bylaw Number 8769.  (City Council passed – December 2, 2013) (Deputy Minister Approved January 21, 2014)

City of Saskatoon.  (1989) Policy Title Dedication of Public and Municipal Reserve Land.  Adopted by City Council.  December 11, 1989.  Planning and Development Committee Report No. 44-1989.   Date accessed May 5, 2016.

Montgomery Place LAP Meeting #3. Neighbourhood Boundary/South West Sector Plan Meeting. St. Dominic School Gym. 3301 Dieppe Street. September 17, 2015. 7:00 pm

Municipal Dedicated Lands Under the Planning and Development Act, 2007. Government of Saskatchewan. Ministry of Government Relations. Date accessed May 17, 2016.

The Planning and Development Act, 2007 – Chapter P-13.2* of the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 2007 (effective March 21, 2007) Date accessed May 17, 2016

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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre

A bit of history is needed, to go back in time a little ways, to the time when the bus barns civic operations centre site was decided upon, and construction south west of the City of Saskatoon was in its infancy.

A bit of history is needed, to go back in time a little ways, to the time when the bus barns civic operations centre site was decided upon, and construction south west of the City of Saskatoon was in its infancy. The City of Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre construction began north of Valley Road, and west of the City landfill

People who knew about the wooded area north of Cedar Vlla Road and to the west of the construction site wandered around in the forest sad and abject. They would meet on the paths in the forest speaking often to the others about the natural beauty of the area, attesting to their appreciations that there was a forest of such magnificence glory and splendour so close to the growing city of Saskatoon. The sadness stemmed from uncertainty as to when the time would come and the bull dozers would arrive to raze the forest to the ground taking away this amazing beauty and wonderland. They felt because the land was abandoned and there were no signs posted, that the wooded area did not belong to anybody, and it was just a matter of time before it would be gone. They came to treasure the last moments to be had within the spectacular embrace of the White Spruce, the American Elms, the Colorado Blue Spruce so stately and fine. They admired the saplings, the Carragana hedge row, the Black Capped Chicakadees flittering about branch to branch. Those who knew of the wooded area were dismal and resigned that this land which no one owned would soon be underneath a concrete pad, and no one would be enchanted again by the all empowering expansive appeal of eye-catching hoar frost painting spectacular designs in the landscape on spruce boughs.

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What could be done? How could anyone have the ability to respond to such a situation? Facts slowly began to emerge. It turned out that on research of the particular land location, that no, it was not land which belonged to nobody. And on reflection, how could land so close to a City not belong to anybody at all. The land was owned by the City of Saskatoon. So with this new piece of information; was this good or bad. This could still mean that the wooded area may remain a forest, or it may be part of the Civic Operations Centre land use.

Further research revealed that the Civic Operations Centre did in fact stop short of the wooded area. Construction would not proceed where the trees were planted. But why? Would the trees and forest be safe with another expansion of the city? Still folks who met in the forest, those who walked in the wooded area did not believe the tale. They said pooh! We don’t believe you, if it was owned by the City, there would be signs, this land is not owned by anybody, and the general consensus was, “I can do anything here I want to here.”

People drove their snowmobiles here, as urban dwelling land owners have a very hard time finding area to drive their snowmobiles. Folks who owned All Terrain Vehicles and 4x4s would drive their vehicles in the bush, as again, city dwelling residents have a hard time mudding and tearing around on city streets, and this land was “not owned by anybody”, so why not here? So without traffic lights, rules or regulations, people walked and drove around the bush trying not to crash into one another.

But those who came to enjoy the voiceless and alluring voice of the forest were relieved. The forest and the Civic Operations Centre were to be neighbours. The trees would not need to lay down their lives for any construction. The storm had passed, those who met in the woods were incredulous and everyone sighed a breath of relief. But confusion still reigned. This was not like any City of Saskatoon land they had ever seen before It was a forest and absolutely amazing, and delightful, but there were no signs installed and trash was abundant everywhere, the City had abandoned it, but why? Why would the city not have signs at a forest as alive, as expansive and as fantastic as the “wooded area” is? Why was there trash around every corner when there was such potential for a spectacular park without work or effort? This site was already mature, and landscaped, and spell-binding!

So it was time to find out more answers.

Civic Operations Centre Links:

Civie Operations Centre. (with map) City of Saskatoon Business and Development. Major Projects. Current Operations.

Contract awarded for Civic Operations Centre by Thomas Piller. Global News. Saskatoon January 22, 2015. Date accessed May 16, 2016.

Civic Operations Centre (pdf) City of Saskatoon. Date accessed May 16, 2016.

City of Saskatoon. Civic Operations Centre. Intech Risk Management. Date accessed May 16, 2016.

City of Saskatoon Civic Operations. Lexpert Business of Law. Dec. 16, 2014. Date accessed May 16, 2016.

City of Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre City of Saskatoon You Tube. January 22, 2013. Date accessed May 16, 2016.

This generation may either be the last to exist in any semblance of a civilised world or that it will be the first to have the vision, the bearing and the greatness to say, ‘I will have nothing to do with this destruction of life, I will play no part in this devastation of the land, I am determined to live and
…today it is the duty of every thinking being to live, and to serve not only his own day and generation, but also generations unborn by helping to restore and maintain the green glory of the forests of the earth.
Richard St. Barbe Baker

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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, south west of the city.
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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

Fire at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Fire at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area occurred at the end of April, 2016.

Fire at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

GrassFire

(stock photo)

Fire broke out at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area at the end of April, 2016. Images taken of the grass fire on April 22, show the damage which was sustained on the western half of the Afforestation Area. This fire was quickly alleviated by Saskatoon Fire Department personnel. Luckily no one was injured. It could have quickly turned into tragedy with the dry spring. Since the grass fire, evidence of small fires have been seen in the area, but none have escalated into a grass fire. The fire came about after the Rural Municipality of Corman Park 344 called for a fire ban due to the dry conditions. The fire ban has since been lifted, on May 10, 2016. However as there are not any proper fire burning receptacles nor barbeque pits in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, open fires are still dangerous and prohibited in a City of Saskatoon open space area such as the afforestation area.

Here is a Photo album online of the grass fire aftermath.
7990 – Fire and Protective Services Bylaw – City of Saskatoon

Fire pits. Rules and Regulations. City of Saskatoon

Rural Municipality of Corman Park Alerts


RM of Corman Park declares fire ban
Multiple fires have broken out in area around Saskatoon

CBC News Posted: Apr 15, 2016 5:55 PM CT Last Updated: Apr 16, 2016 7:51 AM CT

Lack of ‘April showers’ calls for fire ban in Corman Park
Carly-Robinson-Sept-2015 By Carly Robinson G
lobal News. April 17, 2016

Rural Municipality of Corman Park Fire Bans

Please be careful it does  not take long for a fire to become a raging inferno such as the latest tragedy at Fort McMurray, Alberta.  There are no fire pits at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, south west of the city.
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Acknowledgements

It is a true honour and privilege to recognize the valuable contributions, time and efforts put forward by a number of concerned citizens in Saskatoon. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area will truly be a much better place for their consideration and assistance for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Acknowledgements

It is a true honour and privilege to recognize the valuable contributions, time and efforts put forward by a number of concerned citizens in Saskatoon.  The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area will truly be a much better place for their consideration and assistance.  Hats off to these amazing people, groups and communities

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The Montgomery Place Community Association are amazing stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. The dumping of trash is very unsightly, and in a wetlands area, trash is a hazard to both wildlife and the quality of water.  Though dumping is illegal, and some signs are posted, the proximity to the garbage dump means trash dumping still occurs at the afforestation area, despite a community clean up in the spring of 2015.  This clean up undertaken by five community volunteers who eradicated shingles, concrete blocks, full barrels of oil, old lumber, furniture and household trash.  Altogether, approximately 3300 kg of garbage was removed. Trash is a sign of neglect, and abandonment of an area, as well as disregard for aesthetic concerns and the natural ecosystem.  This amazing clean up was organized by Trish Schmidt of the Montgomery Place Community Association.  She has been enormously helpful as the second anniversary rolls around, and we seek to provide more than five volunteers to handle the garbage at the afforestation site. Leslee Newman, President, and Trish Schmidt, Director, of the Montgomery Place Community Association and all of its members have become stewards as well for the afforestation area, initializing the cleanup in 2015, and remaining on board to preserve the ecology and wildlife habitat.

Jeff Hehn, Fatlanders FatTire Brigade (FFTB) Ambassador,  has mapped the afforestation area trash sites, and has been in contact with Regan Olson at the City of Saskatoon as to the types of trash deposited at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and how best to deal with each type.  Jeff has provided a road map as to how best to carry forward with the clean up scheduled for Satuday July 9, 2016.  His insights for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the clean up are very far reaching, sound and practical.

Ron, a long time user of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,hahs been an invaluable font of knowledge regarding the history of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.  Ron, also has taken the time to watch over the afforestation area, as well, he has volunteered time and time again to maintain trails and tracks.

Trish Schmidt of the Montgomery Place Community Association has arranged a community health officer to be on site to give a briefing on safe trash handling standards.

Constable Xiang of the Saskatoon City Police, a community liason officer is providing invaluable advice as we go along.   Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill and Inspector Solie of the Saskatoon City Police amongst several other constables and officers have been very much valued in their efforts to enforce City bylaws in the afforestation area.

The Meewasin Valley Authority has been absolutely fantastic getting the clean up on the right track.  We have come on board to support their Meewasin and Affinity Credit Union Clean UP Campaign which began in 1981 to beautify the city, and keep the City of Saskatoon parks and neighbourhoods clean.  Verity Moore-Wright is an amazing organiser, and has provided invaluable insight and direction as we embark forward on the clean up campaign. Peter Goode , chair of the Meewasin Conservation Advisory Committee and Max Abraham on the Meewasin Fund Development Committee were in attendance at the Saturday evening meet up; Celebrate the life of Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker and the Saskatoon Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area to hear the community response and reports on the afforestation area.  It is very wonderful that the MVA will have a spokesperson coming out to the Richard St. Barbe Clean up on July 9, 2016.   Next, it has been a true pleasure working with some very wonderful, talented people who have come forward as stewards for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and have helped with the support, ideas and encouragement along the way.It is a pleasure to thank those kind people at  the Meewasin Valley Authority management, Nola Stein, Project Designer; Alan Otterbein, Design & Development Manager, and Andrea Ziegler, Executive Assistant & Office Manager.

The Honourable Pat Lorje,  city councillor for Ward 2 in Saskatoon has had many words of wisdom, advice and tireless energy.Pat has gone forward to City Council as a true steward fot the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and has made a true difference which will shine out when folks write a history of the area many years from now.

At the city a number of folks have been very supportive and helpful; Tyson McShane Senior Planner | Long Range Planning for the City of Saskatoon has taken over for Chelsea Schafer, Terry Fusco, City Planner South West Sector, Kevin Ariss, Open Space Consultant – Animal Services City of Saskatoon Recreation & Sport, Mark Emmons – City of Saskatoon, Planning & Development, Senior Planner. These kind people are aware of the multifaceted needs of the West Swale wetlands, and are very cognizant of the truly unique nature of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area open space.

The Baha’i Community of Saskatoon, have honoured the memory of Richard St. Barbe Baker with a monument north of the Diefenbaker Campus, University of Saskatchewan.

Additionally, Camilla Allen, PhD Research Student the University of Sheffield has come forward with some wonderful propositions and insights.  Additionally Camilla has enlightened us to the history and the man – Richard St. Barbe Baker, as she has undertaken a PhD thesis about Baker and his life.

The staff in the University Archives and Special Collections, Murray Library, University of Saskatchewan were enormously helpful, and were of great assistance in finding relevant materials in the Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71.  It was fascinating to delve into the life of the amazing fellow, St. Barbe, who is someone that everyone who has a chance should learn about.

Maureen G. Reed, Professor and Assistant Director, Academic at the School of Environment and Sustainability has provided invaluable advice and referrals

The staff and archivists; Nadine Charabin, Christine Charmbury, and Lise Thring at the Saskatoon Branch Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan have helped with research needs on the afforestation area and on Richard St. Barbe Baker.

Jeffery O’Brien at the City of Saskatoon Archives have proven invaluable in research assistance to determine the history of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

Chris Zerebeski, President of the Saskatoon Horticultural Society and Don Greer vice-president have been instrumental in providing the impetus to start an afforestation brief which delves into the history and facts of the Saskatoon open space area named the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area..  Lois Hertzum-Larsen, director Saskatoon Horticultural Society asked questions which were very enlightening, and prompted further research.

Marten Stoffel, Stan Shadick and the directors of the Saskatoon Nature Society have been very knowledgeable about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and the society has begun the education process by including a portion of the afforestation area in the new edition of their book, “Nature and Viewing Sites In and Around Saskatoon”.

Sherrill Miller, intuitive coach and inspirational speaker, supporter of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area initiative, has introduced us to the wisdom of Robert White, Forester, Director of SOS Elms and plant ecologist who has been a wealth of wisdom about Richard St. Barbe Baker. Robert White is one of those amazing people who actually met Richard St. Barbe Baker, and has shared memories of their rime together.

Paul Hanley, environmental columnist for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, and author of several books including, Eleven is very supportive.  Paul also knew Richard St. Barbe Baker, Man of the Trees, humanitarian, and silviculturist.

Candace Savage, spokesperson for the North East Swale Watchers and founder of “Wild about Saskatoon” lent support to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and West Swale. Candace Savage, has been a fount of wisdom, and her shared knowledge and expertise are appreciated.

Pat Tymchatyn, president of the Meadowgreen Community Association represented neighbouring residents. Pat Tymchatyn, has come forward with excellent support and suggestions to forward the goals of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

William P. Delainey spoke with great wisdom as to the green belt planned for Saskatoon and has had the pleasure of talking with Hilbert E. Wellman (Bert Wellman) City planning and Building Director.  Bill Delainey was co-author of the book Saskatoon The Growth of a City, Part I, the Formative Years which was based on an unpublished mini-thesis started by Delainey. 1882-1960 with William A.S. Sarjeant, 1974.  Thanks to all the staff in the local history room Saskatoon public library.

It is with deep and humble gratitude that we have received a grant from Eco-Friendly Saskatchewan.  This will go a long way to providing a more effective clean up, and any proceeds not fully used on Saturday July 9 will go to the MVA towards signs, fencing and gate installation.  Thank you most kindly.

Several Saskatoon green groups have been contacted,  Saskatoon Nature Society, Saskatoon Horticultural Society,  SOS Elms, ESSA, Saskatoon Native Plant Society, Wild About Saskatoon, University of Saskatchewan school of Environment and Sustainability, Environmental Society, Eco-Friendly Saskatchewan.  It is with delight that Saskatoon has so many groups and concerned citizens.  the response to the preservation and conservation efforts begun at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and West Swale have been very encouraging.  It is hoped that several more green groups can still be contacted about this initiative.

There has been an amazing community response from several community associations as they also approve and support the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area clean up; Montgomery Place Community Association, Parkridge, Fairhaven, Meadowgreen, Holiday Park, King George Community Associations.  The neighbouring rural areas in the Rural Municipality of Corman Park and residents of the hamlet of Cedar Villa Estates, also are in the loop.

Scouts Canada,  Bridging Rivers Area Girl Guides, Multi-Faith Saskatoon communities with youth are all  organisations committed to the community, and have amazing group spirit to “do a good deed of the day” or to “lend a hand.”  It will be a truly wonderful opportunity to find a way work alongside such steadfast and honourable community organisations.

To everyone’s help, insight and knowledge, each word of wisdom, each hand offered to help is most graciously appreciated. it is with sincerest apologies if anyone has not been mentioned and their thoughts, insight and advice not noted here.  Please drop us a line StBarbeBaker@yahoo.com if you have any further words of advice or concerns about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area or the clean up on July 9, 2016.

So with the greatest of thanks to all of those, past, present and future, who have taken to heart the need to clean the afforestation area and to sustain the environment at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation, your thoughts, words, and deeds are much appreciated.  The afforestation area needs as many stewards to preserve and conserve this amazing site as is possible.

“If a man loses one-third of his skin he dies; if a tree loses one-third of its bark, it too dies. If the Earth is a ‘sentient being’, would it not be reasonable to expect that if it loses one-third of its trees and vegetable covering, it will also die? 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 the ‘skin’ of the earth, for without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.

This generation may either be the last to exist in any semblance of a civilised world or that it will be the first to have the vision, the bearing and the greatness to say, ‘I will have nothing to do with this destruction of life, I will play no part in this devastation of the land, I am determined to live and

 …today it is the duty of every thinking being to live, and to serve not only his own day and generation, but also generations unborn by helping to restore and maintain the green glory of the forests of the earth.” ~   Richard St. Barbe Baker

For more information:

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

Eco Friendly Grant Appreciation

Thanks to funding received from Andrew and Penny of Eco-Friendly Saskatchewan we are able to embark on the second Anniversary “Clean-Up Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area” Service Project.

Eco Friendly Grant Appreciation

Thanks to funding received from Andrew and Penny of Eco-Friendly Saskatchewan we are able to embark on the second Anniversary “Clean-Up Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area” Service Project.  With the very kind collaboration  users of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Community Associations, and Saskatoon green groups, and bicycle groups, and concerned citizens are the many and several volunteers who have been responding to help out.   A progress report of “before” and “after” photos needs to be sent to Andrew and Penny once our Clean up day, July 9, 2016, is completed. They will share our report and photos on their website as well as social media – so please send lots of great photos to StBarbeBaker@yahoo.com, please and thank you!  Also if you have any great stories about using the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area please send them in to be posted online!

To help protect the environment, it will be best to find a way to avoid the use of disposable cups and bottle at event.  Please bring a water bottle and/  or travel mug to the clean up event as disposable cups and disposable bottles will not be available for  use.

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we can proceed with a much safer, and more effective clean up this year with this grant from Ecofriendly Saskatchewan.  Thank you very much!

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Richard St. Barbe Baker Image credit:  University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71

For more information:

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET