Ecosystem wholesale destruction

November 6 is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. What a day to remember!

In the last two years of World War I over half of the productive forests in Britain were lost to the war effort. They were needed for building up the trenches, building up barbed wire fencing, providing a wood sidewalk during years of constant rain.

Whatever trees were not chopped down for the war effort, were brought down for lighting and heating houses domestically in Britain.

There was not much difference between the clear-cut forests and the ensuing fire devastation of the lands of Britain, and the flattened landscapes of France in the theatre of war. Where did the forests go for places of spiritual, mental and psychological refuge? They were gone.

Trenches and aerodromes, forests fell and continued to fall during the First World War. “By the end of the First World War, it is estimated that 85,000 tonnes of round timber, 260 million board feet of lumber and over 200,000 tons of fuel and slabs were harvested by the Forestry Corps.”source

“During the month of October 1918 alone, over 53 million board feet was cut by the forestry troops.”source

“The same demand for wood arose during the Second World War”source

It was the destruction of the ecosystem, without a doubt.source

Now, what does the have to do with Richard St. Barbe Baker? Well Rudy Haase, an environmentalist forming the Friends of Nature, in 1960, joined the campaign to reforest Sahara desert. “In 8 years the Sahara could be a green homeland for millions of people if a force equal to standing armies of the world started work. A 50, 000 square mile subterranean lake makes St. Barbe Baker’s grand plan possible.”source

“Baker’s visions of a green peace where armies can be reorganized to undertake tasks such as turning deserts into forests have inspired millions.”source

So, this peaceful use of the armies of the world for desertification purposes was a vision of Richard St. Barbe Baker’s.

We are letting you know about a film and film launch program that includes global conservationists who knew Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1982) aka  Baba Wya Miti Loving Father of Trees, who are part of a virtual film on Saturday, November 6, 1:00 pm SK time (CT)


The film, The Legacy of Saskatoon’s Hidden Forest, highlights the 326-acre man-made forest on the prairies that was named after Richard St. Barbe Baker.
Celebrate with us the extraordinary achievements of Richard St Barbe Baker, aka Man of the Trees, 50 years after he was bestowed his honorary Doctorate of Laws at the University of Saskatchewan by chancellor John G. Diefenbaker.
Please join us to learn more about this remarkable champion of forests and trees, who inspired people around the world. 

For more information or to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-legacy-of-saskatoons-secret-forest-tickets-184304960097 (Free, Pre-registration will aid us in planning)

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For international guests check meeting time here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
If you have not invited others to the event please feel free to do so by forwarding the information below and attached.

The Secrets To Finding World Class Parks for Richard St. Barbe Baker Quickly

“It took a long time to find a suitable site for such an important memorial, but eventually, a seven acre site was found right in the heart of England, in part of the famous Charnwood Forest.” It was here that the Richard St. Barbe Baker received its dedication ceremony in 1985, the International Year of the Forest. Well over a hundred people came for the ceremony and the official opening. His Royal Highness, the Patron of the International Tree Foundation [ITF], the Prince of Wales paid the tributes in the official opening. Greetings were brought from co-founder Senior Chief Josiah Njonjo, and ITF branches worldwide sent greetings. HRH unveiled a magnificent plaque, and planted a fine Canadian Oak, in respect of Richard St. Barbe Baker’s Canadian connections. 1.

This was a celebration which Richard St. Barbe Baker would have surely approved of, “for he said to a lady once who wanted to plant a tree in his honour, “Madam, don’t plant a tree, plant a wood.” Well, in England they have! 1.

And, that’s not all, here in Saskatoon we have honoured the Loving Father of Trees, Baba Wya Miti with a 326 acre afforestation area in the city of Saskatoon! Following their meeting of October 19, 1978 the , the Parks and Recreation Board resolved to put forward the recommendation for the naming of this afforestation area as the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (urban regional park). On October 30th, 1978, City Council received the proposal, and on January 4, 1979, Council approved the naming of this Urban Regional Park, which was part of the first 660 acres set out as “forest in perpetuity” by A.L. Ligtermoet, Assistant Parks Superintendent in 1972.

What an honour and tribute for Richard St. Barbe Baker, the Loving Father of Trees. Along with the recommendation, the Parks and Recreation Board submitted a number of notable biographies and commemorations bestowed upon Richard St. Barbe Baker worldwide.

There is a forest in Saskatoon. It is a secret forest which no one had ever heard about. This forest is named after Richard St. Barbe Baker because he planted trees, and here in this park hundreds upon thousands of trees were planted. It was a perfect match. Forest visitors hearing the story of Richard St. Barbe Baker fall in love with the Saskatoon forest and want to protect it. They want to make the forest as special and magnificent as this great man was special and magnificent.

The Legacy of Saskatoon’s Secret Forest Saturday November 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm CST (UTC-6)  A free community service event. Many people have heard of David Suzuki, David Attenborough, British Ecologist Thomas Crowther, or Greta Thunberg.  Richard St. Barbe Baker was the first global conservationist and humanitarian.  This is our way to remember his international legacy. 

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

1.Source page 8. Tree Journal 1985. Title 1985 is the International Year of the Forest. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Memorial Wood.

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′

Addresses:

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

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )

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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

Men of the Trees Park

 

Winter City Grant submission by the Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade – Fat Fun For Fine Folks (Fat Tire Club) was successful.  Earlier there was mention of the the Man of Trees winter trail network and  the application has been approved.  So over the next while, it will be intriguing to see the changes and developments which are infused at the Men of the Trees Park.

Richard St. Barbe Baker had the nickname of Baba Wya Miti ~ loving Father of Trees which roughly translates to Man of the Trees and Bwana Wya Miti, ‘the Master of the Trees.’ Richard St. Barbe Baker, started the international organization, the Men of the Trees In 1992 Men of the Trees became the International Tree Foundation (ITF).

The Men of the Trees trail Network is the new City of Saskatoon Winter City YXE strategy for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ”
–John Burroughs

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

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

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance /commemorate your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

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!

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“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.

 

 

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”
–Candace Bushnell

Baba Wya Miti ~ loving Father of Trees

Bwana Wya Miti, ‘the Master of the Trees’

 

B is for Baker. Choosing to Build a Positive Planet how an epiphany for Richard St. Barbe Baker at the age of five had such a profound affect on St. Barbe, that his future destiny rested on that experience.

Richard St. Barbe Baker known as Baba Wya Miti, ‘the affectionate Father of the Trees’, also as Bwana Wya Miti, ‘the Master of the Trees’ from  The Ecologist Vol. 12 No. 4 July-August 1982.   by Edward Goldsmith, the late environmentalist, author and philosopher.

Richard St. Barbe Baker (pdf) Man of the Trees Centenary Tribute

Richard St. Barbe Baker Trees for Life Transcript of Interview

Richard St. Barbe Baker Honorary Degrees University of Saskatchewan

Man of the Trees – Richard St. Barbe Baker “Just think if we had listened to St. Barbe. If billions of trees, many of which would now be a half-a-century-old, had been planted in areas that are now deserts…
Thankfully, the Man of the Trees wasn’t the last of his kind. We still have many other great, environmental leaders who can help guide us towards the utopia St. Barbe envisioned.”

Men of the Trees by Richard St. Barbe Baker transcription on Archives.org

Richard St. Barbe Baker Environmental Fears Transcript of Interview between Barrie Oldfield and St. Barbe on the “Science Show.”

Why I am a vegetarian by Richars St. Barbe Baker ” Up in the north-west of Canada, where I enjoyed 3 1/2 years in the wide open spaces, I was told that an ounce of dates was equivalent in food value to a pound of beef so, when I was alone, home-made wholemeal bread and dates became my staple diet. I bought dates by the crate at about 2 cents a pound.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

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

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′
Addresses:
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

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

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!

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Payment Options
Membership : $20.00 CAD – yearly
Membership with donation : $20.00 CAD -monthly
Membership with donation : $50.00 CAD
Membership with donation : $100.00 CAD

1./ Learn.

2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

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.

 

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