What did Saskatoon’s Global Conservationist do? Who is Baba Wya Miti, loving father of trees? Where are the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas?
Paul Hanley, author and Robert White, ecologist will introduce Richard St. Barbe Baker, founder of the international Men of the Trees organisation in 1922, now known as the International Tree Foundation. Both knew this acclaimed “Man of the Trees” personally. He was a visionary pioneer who outspokenly campaigned for trees and forests and their multiple benefits – watershed protection, preventing soil erosion, mitigating climate change, providing habitats for animals and places for re-creation for humans. You will hear about his indefatigable drive, his daring accomplishments, his links to Saskatoon and his encounters with with President FDR, and with popes, prime ministers, and personalities of his time.
You will also learn about Baba Wya Miti and Chief Ironhorse. Where is the West Swale? George Genereux Urban Regional Park & Richard St. Barbe Baker Park Afforestation Areas are two amazing forest green spaces in Saskatoon, one named in the legacy of this great champion of trees. Find out where are they? Why are they? What is the West Swale? What is the Yorath Island Spillway?
Saskatoon’s best kept secrets are George Genereux Urban Regional park and Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.
Robert White, BSA, MES, Ecologist and personal acquaintance of Richard St. Barbe Baker winner of the Richard St. Barbe Baker award. Robert White, spoke to the City of Saskatoon Standing policy committee on planning, development, and community services about the great humanitarian, and forester, Richard St. Barbe Baker the namesake of the Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Robert White spoke “to the importance of the preservation of the area and expressed support for some type of barriers to protect the area.”
Paul Hanley, author of the best selling book, Man of the Trees. Richard St. Barbe Baker, the First Global Conservationist, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales Introduction by Jane Goodall, who also personally knew Richard St. Barbe Baker
Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. will introduce Saskatoon’s best kept secrets, the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Both afforestation areas, and both preserved in perpetetuity in 1972 by City Council, and declared City of Saskatoon urban regional parks in 1979
For more information:
P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits
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
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)
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What was Richard St. Barbe Baker’s mission, that he imparted to the Watu Wa Miti, the very first forest scouts or forest guides? To protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere.
“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
“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.