A Tree Sense; Baker Inspired

He that planteth a tree is a servant of God;
He provideth a kindness for many generations

 

Last night Autumn arrived. Felt in the wind. Some little change in the air. O’er trail and track, the air, comes e’er cool. The breeze, ’tis changing, how to describe the change in the air. How does one welcome Autumn? Of all the seasons, Autumn announces the change of time with more presence that the rest. The call of the geese will mix with the wind breathing through the poplar. Cooler, ever cooler that’s the way the Autumn comes. Remember now, the hidden signs before the leaf turns gold. Look all around, summer’s going to sleep, the warmth falls from the air. No need to open almanac, nor seek the solstice ‘our, just feel the change, the sounds of air. The hungry winds seeking russet leaf. ‘Tis soon the theatre of the season, the forest to begin their ritual. The wandering wind blows away our sighs. The serene ir moves o’er the world. Moves man and beast, moves tree and forest. And so again, the story begins. On the edge of summer time.  Autumn arrived quietly last night.

“First it was the seedlings…Then it was a smooth bark beech: ‘That was my Madonna of the woods, my mother confessor.’ Then it was the giant redwoods of California. And most recently it was a cedar of Labanon.”

Baker would oft recite the poetry of trees;

O dreamy, gloomy, friendly Trees,
I came along your narrow track
To bring my gifts unto your knees
And gifts did you give back;
For when I brought this heart that burns–
These thoughts that bitterly repine–
And laid them here among the ferns
And the hum of boughs divine,
Ye, vastest breathers of the air,
Shook down with slow and mighty poise
Your coolness on the human care,
Your wonder on its toys,
Your greenness on the heart’s despair,
Your darkness on its noise.
Frederic Herbert Trench (12 November 1865 – 11 June 1923)

“The aim … is briefly ‘ to develop a tree sense in every citizen, and to encourage all to plant, protect and love their native trees; for forestry is among the oldest and most honourable of the peaceful arts of men, and in its practice is unselfish and constructive service.’ ”

“In the words of Henry van Dyke, (10 November 1852 – 10 April 1933) America’s greatest tree poet, whom ’twas often quoted by St. Barbe.

The Friendly Trees.

He that planteth a tree is a servant of God;
He provideth a kindness for many generations
And faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.”

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Brown, Gene. These Friends of the Trees. Panhandle Report.The Spokesman Review. Jan. 30, 1981.

Found Tree-Saving Colony in Africa Richard St. Barbe Baker, who will lecture here, writes of his adventures. The Sunday Morning Star. Jan. 26, 1930.

Sullivan, Jane. The Man of the Trees and his magnificent obsession. The Age. Sep. 10, 1981.

What happens August 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.?

We forget that we owe our existence to the presence of Trees.

What happens August 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., indeed?

Wouldn’t you love to walk in this urban regional forest, the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, with your grandchildren amid truly magnificent trees, and breathtaking forest scenes? The Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area recently gathered together to promote the environmental health of the St. Barbe Forest with the clean up on July 9, 2016.  This year 8,300 kilograms (18,300 pounds) of trash were removed, including at both clean ups appliances, chesterfields, construction materials with nails, fencing, doors, windows, shingles, and tires were removed. Last year, May 2015, 3,300 kilograms (7275 Pounds) of trash came out of the east side alone!

So now, when you arrive at the afforestation area, you do not have to put your “trash blinders” on.  There are truly delightful 44 year old trees, with an understorey coming in of native plant growth.  There are American and Siberian Elm, Manitoba Maple, Green Ash, Black Balsamic Poplar, Willow, Colorado Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine and Caragana, chosen for their drought resistant capabilities, and for the soil type at the afforestation area.  There is not too much evidence of the Manitoba Maple, and the Green Ash is a very small stand today.  The Scotch Pine and Colorado Blue Spruce have delightfully made groves of small saplings.  The far west side predominates with Poplar, as it was believed that this area would be more prone to flooding.  The east side is mainly  Elm mixed with Spruce.  Caragana, implemented as a wind break and to act as a moisture collector in the winter is seen throughout the east and west sides.  The rows in the afforestation area are fourteen feet apart and weave in and out to give the afforested area a more natural look rather than rows in lines at right angles to each other.  The trees were selected randomly, and set into the soil four to five feet apart.  In every 2-1/2 mile long section, there were fire guards left of 50-60 feet which were not afforested.  Presently, native Trembling Aspen Bluffs are starting to make their home here creating a wonderful complement with the afforested trees.

Two organisers came together in 2016 with different backgrounds, but the outcome or goals for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area overlap.  Jeff Hehn is seeking to introduce the city to “green exercise”, a way to get the population more actively involved with the environment.  There is a wish to also engage residents in a more active winter lifestyle, and Jeff proposed a winter active lifestyles plan.  Julia Adamson is seeking to restore the environment, protect the woodlands and West Swale wetlands, and the wildlife habitat corridor.  Both Julia and Jeff, in consultation with neighbourhood community associations of the city, neighbouring residents of the Rural Municipality of Corman Park 344, environmental organisations, recreational groups, city and MVA staff, came up with some goals and ideas which have amalgamated together from a wealth of ideas and concerned people.

First and foremost came the unanimous decision that a forest was not a place to have trash and garbage.  About 70 volunteers arrived one Saturday in July combining several organisations and individuals. Volunteers poured in from across Saskatoon, and from across the continent, from as far away as Utah and Pennsylvania, from coast to coast in Canada, volunteers came from Victoria, British Columbia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Quebec; Toronto Ontario; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. This response was fantastic to shift the 8,300 kilograms (18,300 pounds) of freezers, full pails of tar, 85 tires, two car engines, roofs and roofs of shingles, children’s games, clothing, shoes, doors and windows.

Though the volunteers were absolutely fantastic, and would gladly help out again, there is no need for garbage to be filling up an urban regional park.  The enormous amounts of money that could be saved by closing off the afforestation to motorized vehicles would be massive by just recovering the clean up costs alone.  So what measures need to be undertaken to keep the trash out of the forest?

The majority of the trash was piled up alongside the wider pathways, those wide enough that a vehicle could drive upon.  So a very quick and easy solution would be to place vehicle access barriers with large rocks, bollards, gates or fencing to restrict access into the afforestation area.  So three representatives for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area spoke before the Standing Policy committee on Planning and Development on Monday, July 18th.  It was with glad and happy hearts, that recommendations for three different options for vehicle restrictions  were discussed at this very meeting to block access to the Richard St. Barbe Baker afforestation area.  The committee voted that Plan C should be approved, and now this option will go before City Council on August 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. for a vote from council.

Will this day see a step towards preserving and conserving the West Swale wetlands?  Will August 18, 2016 see a vote towards protecting the afforestation area, which had been preserved in perpetuity in 1972?  Will City Council vote to keep trash out of the afforestation area and in the landfill where it belongs?  Will the trash finally be out of the forest following the vote taken on Thursday August 18, 2016?  Without vehicles allowed to trespass, the afforestation area will not be littered with trash, and there will be no need for massive clean ups to be arranged for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation area, as it will come into its own as an urban regional park to be enjoyed by responsible citizens of Saskatoon.  Mark your calendars for the outcome of this vote, and the impact it will have on the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area!

“We forget that we owe our existence to  the presence of Trees.   As far as forest  cover goes, we have never been in such a  vulnerable position as we are today.  The  only answer is to plant more Trees – to  Plant Trees for Our Lives.” ~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, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
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Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
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Keeping the trash out of the woods.

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

Results of the  Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area clean up day of July 9, 2016 reported in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on Tuesday July 19, 2016 page A4.

The Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area were granted an opportunity to speak at the  Standing Policy committee on Planning and Development on Monday, July 18th, 2016.

The Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Arrea would like to express our gratitude for the excellent coverage by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix  of our community clean up.   The positive exposure you gave to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in the newspaper  provided the community with a wonderful introduction to our goals and services as the Stewards strive to preserve the woodlands of the afforestation area, and conserve the wetlands of the West Swale.

“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.
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Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

“Everything that happens is a small part of our journey. We can choose to be passive or we can be proactive and overcome our fears, set our own goals and do the best to reach them. For better or for worse, we always have a choice.”
Giorgio Pautrie

Donate clothes and household items to Goodwill!

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 it the ‘skin’ of the earth, for without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.

Don’t throw away clothes and household items in the forest!

Are your unwanted items someone else’s treasure?

Around Saskatoon Goodwill locations will gladly receive your used clothing, unwanted household items, toys and games. If you or your children have outgrown their clothing or toys, consider giving them to the following charities and goodwill stores.

The trees, deers, and rabbits just do not appreciate your unwanted clothing, furniture or children’s train tracks, but there is a family in town who will support a goodwill store in their need for just such an item. Do not risk receiving a $250,000 fine for disposing of your linens, pillows, book-cases, hats, and shoes in the forest, but do support your local community groups who use the proceeds for so many good works.

World Serve Thrift Storessupport local communities, and also engage with international partners who work in their own countries to bring hope and help to their communities. “It starts with donated items that provide affordable purchases for people locally. These sales, in turn, create life-changing opportunities for people globally.”

You may actually visit the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living SACL, to donate clothing and household items. Additionally, throughout the City of Saskatoon, there are Yellow bins at various locations to accept your donations. This is a “win” “win” situation, as the proceeds from your donations go towards supporting those with intellectual disabilities to buy food, pay rent, etc. If you make a donation to SACL, rather than dumping your unwanted items in the forest, you make a difference in so, so many lives, you do not take the risk of receiving a $250,000 fine, and you preserve the flora and fauna in the forest.

Did you know the Clothesline and the Canadian Diabetes Association will accept your donation of clothing, any fabric items, bedding, sleeping bags, belts, and neck ties, yarn, blankets, curtains, pillows, shoes, boots. Pick up arrangements will additionally accept some household items and a few electronic items. Until July 31, 2016, there is a chance to win $5,000 travel voucher, or $500.00 Visa gift card for your donation.

alue village will gladly accept your donation of clothing and household items. Donating your items to Value Village, means that illegal dumping of trash in the forest is eliminated, the landfills are not overfilled with trash, and someone in your community can re-use these items who needs them. Value Village supports non-profit organisations and those in need abroad. Value Village accepts clothing and accessories, footwear, Kitchen utensils, small appliances, sports equipment, books and media, bed and bath linens as well as small furniture.

Or perhaps you would like to support the YWCA Opportunity Shop at 511 First Avenue North. They accept used clothing, footwear, books and media, as well as crafts and games.

The Salvation Army gives hope to others. By donating your unwanted clothing to the Salvation Army, programs and services can be funded locally. You can arrange a pick up of your clothing and other items for free, or drop them off or even arrange a community drive to collect donations of books, household items, children’s toys and games and more.

The Mennonite Central Committee receives clothing and accessories, many housewares and linens, toys and games for instance. There are also locations which take chesterfields, tables, chairs, lamps, nightstands, and book cases. Proceeds support relief, development and peace projects around the world and locally.

     Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts items as a drop off, as a pick up, or they may even salvage items, coming to remove items from your home. The proceeds from your donations of building materials and home furnishings go to the Habitat for Humanity home building projects and support local families.

In Saskatoon there are several consignment stores who will sell your unwanted clothing and household items on your behalf. They keep a small percentage of the proceeds, and you will receive a payment for your consignment sale. Consider asking the local Humane Society if they are in need of sheets or blankets for their animal cages.

Please comment if you know of another goodwill charity who will take household items, furniture, or used clothing. These goodwill charities, listed here, use the proceeds to support programs to help families and individuals in your local community.

Please do not throw away your unwanted toys, highchairs, safety gates, clothing, footwear or clothing in the forest! The flower bloom much better without a covering of blankets. The trees in the undergrowth produce greater berries without being covered with shoes and boots. The squirrels can run up and down trees easier without piles of clothing and highchairs in the way. It is better donate your unwanted household items, and furniture to the above listed goodwill charities, and keep the forest clean! Do not risk receiving a $250,000 fine for illegal dumping in the forest, when so many good will charities will even come to your home and pick up your unwanted items for free!

“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 it the ‘skin’ of the earth, for without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.”~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
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

CISV Peace Bus Youth Group

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There is an amazing correlation between the dream of Richard St. Barbe Baker founder of the international organisation “Children of the Green Earth” and the vision of Dr. Doris Frances Twitchell Allen founder of another international organisation CISV, Children’s International Summer Village, and the Peace Bus programme.

CISV Saskatoon Building Global Friendship is a local chapter which engages with the CISV Peace Bus. The Peace Bus undertakes 39 day journeys across Canada. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up organisers were very pleased to connect with the eastbound trip from Victoria To Halifax which saw 12 delegates aged 14 to 18 years of age travel with 3 leaders in a 15 passenger bus.

The CISV National Peace Bus Project camp across the vast nation of Canada, networking with local chapters. “The Peace Bus mission is to educate and inspire action among Canadians for a more just and peaceful world. This will be accomplished by carrying out community projects and organizing a series of activities and workshops across the country.”source

According to Verge Magazine, “CISV was organised to give life to the idea that education for peace starts with children. The method of education through doing, it is action in process.”

A non government organisation NGO, and UNESCO partner, CISV international was created after the second world war, 1950, by Doris Frances Twitchell (Mrs. Allen), a world renown child psychologist and professor of psychology who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with CISV. Dr. Allen conceived the concept for CISV in 1946, as she believed that “the ultimate source for peace, long range, lay with the children,” and “the power of love is greater than the love of power.” To understand CISV, CISV educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world. CISV believes that the more we understand and cooperate with people of other cultures, the more just and peaceful our communities and our world become.”source “Every person and organization on the planet knows what they do. Some know how they do it…but very few know why they do what they do. The leaders who inspire us all think, act and communicate the exact same way and it’s the complete opposite to everyone else. Those who inspire are not driven with what they do, they are driven with why they do it. The ability to inspire starts with why.”~ Simon Sinek

“How to construct effective intercultural communication between people from different cultures has become important…International youth exchange is one special kind of intercultural education programme which aims to provide opportunities for young people to broaden their horizons and international perspective.” ~ Yan Jiang Participants in CISV engage in “Active Global CitizenshipCaecilia Johanna van Peski, explains that CISV peace education provides us with the Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge to become agents of change, locally and globally ~ to become ‘Active Global Citizens’ … Citizenshp also has to do with our attitudes: We need to be willing to engage, spend time and effort for a community of which we feel part of.” “Active global citizens need a combination of attitudes, skills and knowledge (ASK) in developing peace education through four programmes; diversity, human rights, sustainable development and finally conflict and resolution. CISV programmes implement a ‘learning by doing’ approach by doing a peace education activity, then reflecting, generalizing the learning for new contexts, and then applying these new attitudes, skills and knowledge.

CISV engages youth in intercultural peace projects across the world led by the dream of Dr. Allen, whereas Children of the Green Earth started by St. Barbe inspires youth to heal the planet by engaging internationally.

“St. Barbe helped introduce me to the spirit of trees and Sunderlal led me to discover that an approach to the healing of our Earth is incomplete without the awareness that trees bind its very fabric. Also, my stay in India showed me the extremes to which our civilization has fallen out of harmony with the pattern of life. Children of the Green Earth combines spirit with commitment, wherever the programme exists.” Sunderlal Bahuguna

“When St. Barbe Baker first met Sunderlal Bahuguna and the Chipko activists he was deeply moved by their devotion and commitment to the trees. As he visited the various hill communities, he witnessed the deep involvement of the children and saw the potential for an international network of young people healing the planet through tree planting. He said, ‘I have the dream of the earth made green again, an earth healed and made whole by the efforts of children; children of all nations planting trees to express their special understanding of the earth as their home; children of all races holding hands circling the earth expressing and celebrating their special understanding of all children as their brothers and sisters.’ From this vision grew Children of the Green Earth..” Ron Rabin

The images which follow were taken by the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area official photographer, Robert White. Thank you to Robert for capturing the Peace Bus youth at the clean up engaging in both the CISV active global citizenship aims, and also participating in Richard St. Barbe Baker’s ideals to protect trees everywhere. Thank you enormously to the CISV Peace Bus youth who came out to volunteer with the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean up, you have, everyone one of you made a large difference in the forest environment, the West Swale wetlands conservation and protection, and assisted the community of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Hats off to you! We were so lucky to have met you, and to have learned about this amazing organisation CISV and the Peace Bus traveling across Canada, Wow!

 

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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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Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Official Event Photographer

We advocate that all standing armies everywhere be used for the work of essential reafforestation

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Robert White [pictured above] stepped up to the plate, and took pictures of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area clean up event activities and volunteers.  It was precious to have a visual record of the day, and the people who came out for the clean up.  Robert has posted pictures to his own facebook page, and has submitted photos to use for the Richard St Barbe Afforestation Area clean up here, in the slide show as follows:

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Thank you very much Robert, for being our official photographer,  for taking these images, and sharing them about the clean up. If anyone else has photos or stories they wish to share about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up, please email, thank you kindly.

“We advocate that all standing armies everywhere be used for the work of essential reafforestation . .. in the countries to which they belong, and that each country . . . shall provide expeditionary forces to cooperate in the greater tasks of land reclamation in the Sahara and other deserts.”
— Richard St. Barbe Baker, Green Glory:The Forests of the World, (1947)

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
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Afforestation Area Clean Up on TV News

The overpowering beauty of it all entered my very being.

The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area aired on Global Television News Saturday July 9, 2016 at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. The television crews took time from their busy news day, to come out and film the volunteers loading one of the Loraas bins at the clean up.

The amount and different kinds of trash found at the afforestation area were very diverse. Hazardous waste, tires, mattresses, car engine hoods, motors, shingles, old discarded fences and decks,  engine oil, tar, paint, clothing, shoes were just a very small variety of the trash items littering the Richard St. Barbe Baker woodlands and West Swale wetlands. Quite devastating to both the users of this urban regional park, as well as to the flora and fauna.

It is with great and enormous appreciation that the City of Saskatoon residents became aware of the  trash which had accumulated in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. It will be with a great and profound relief when vehicular barriers, and signs can be installed. If vehicles cannot gain egress into the woodlands, then they cannot dump their load of trash which rightly and properly belongs in the city landfill.

A plea is extended out to patrons, corporations, and individual benefactors who may wish to assist in the quest to install vehicle barricades at this urban regional park. A safe, and healthy park is the norm in this fair city of Saskatoon. The devastation which had accumulated at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is an anomaly which had somehow slipped through the cracks. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to rectify the situation, to restore this urban regional park to City of Saskatoon normal standards for park spaces.

A huge wave of appreciation to Global News in filming the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area clean up. Action begins with awareness, change starts with knowledge.

“…I seemed to have entered the fairyland of my dreams. I wandered on as in a dream, all sense of time and space lost…buoyed up with an almost ethereal feeling of well-being, as if I had been detached from earth. I became intoxicated with the beauty around me, immersed in the joyousness and exaltation of feeling part of it all… Rays of light pierced the canopy of the forest… I had entered the temple of the woods. I sank to the ground in a state of ecstasy; everything was intensely vivid… The overpowering beauty of it all entered my very being. At that moment my heart brimmed over with a sense of unspeakable thankfulness which has followed me through the years since that woodland rebirth.”~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
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: St Barbe Baker