Wildfire outbreaks pose a serious threat to the beautiful forests of Saskatchewan, and the devastating effects of wildfire smoke from northern Alberta and Saskatchewan create near immobilizing conditions. It is crucial for all forest users to be aware of the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency Fire Bans across the province and in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. By being informed and taking necessary precautions, we can play a vital role in ensuring public safety and preserving the precious biodiversity of our natural habitats.
“Unite to Protect, Fire Won’t Affect!”
Fire Ban Regulations: The City of Saskatoon has implemented various bylaws to ensure the safety of its parks and green spaces. Bylaw 7767 restricts the use of fireworks, protecting against potential fire hazards. Furthermore, Bylaw No. 8286, the Smoking Control Bylaw, prohibits smoking or vaping in outdoor public places, including parks, trails, and dog parks. These measures are in place to minimize the risk of accidental fires and protect the well-being of both people and nature.
City of Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services Bylaw 7990 provides essential guidance regarding fires and open air fires when there are no fire bans. It is crucial to follow these guidelines during periods without fire bans to prevent any mishaps that could lead to devastating consequences. There is an imperative for no open air fires during a Fire Ban.
“Embrace the Call, Preserve Them All!”
The Importance of Fire Bans: The Rural Municipality of Corman Park, encompassing Cedar Villa Estates Hamlet which borders Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, has declared a fire ban in effect from May 1, 2023. This ban aims to mitigate the risks associated with wildfires and protect the precious ecosystems in the region.
Protecting Biodiversity: The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas are dedicated to safeguarding the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, spanning 132 hectares (326 acres), and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park, covering 60 hectares (148 acres) for generations to come. These areas have experienced nine years of drought, placing immense stress on the wildlife and biodiversity within them. Scientific journals warn that insects are facing a potential sixth mass extinction, largely caused by human activities. Our bird populations are declining, and insects serve as essential “Bird Food on Wings,” as declared by Sam Kieschnick, a Texas Parks & Wildlife Urban Wildlife Biologist.
Drought’s Embrace, Fire’s Deadly Chase
The Guardian recently highlighted that humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, with mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles affected. This alarming report emphasizes that wildlife annihilation has become an emergency that threatens civilization itself.
“Defend the Woods, Unleash Your Good!”
Preserving for the Future: In light of the dire consequences of nine years of drought and the ongoing threat of wildfires, it is more imperative than ever to respect the fire ban regulations. By doing so, we can ensure that future generations can celebrate and enjoy the remarkable Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the George Genereux Urban Regional Park.
“From Roots to Canopy, Protect Eternally!”
Conclusion: As forest users, we hold the power to prevent forest fires and protect the invaluable biodiversity of Saskatchewan. Let us embrace the slogan “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires” and work together to raise awareness, adhere to fire ban regulations, and take necessary precautions. By doing so, we can safeguard the safety of humans and wildlife alike and cherish our beloved Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park for years to come.
Break the Cycle, Douse Drought’s Fire
Remember, fire bans are implemented for the well-being of everyone, and it is essential to respect and comply with these regulations. Together, let us foster a safe and resilient environment for all residents of Saskatchewan.
“Be Firewise, Preserve Paradise!”
Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency
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Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
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