Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71
“Richard St. Barbe Baker…was another who never lost that childlike faith that each of us can have a tremendous impact on the world. A near-mythical character who came to be called “The Man of the Trees,” St. Barbe started planting trees when he was three years old and didn’t stop until he had planted, or inspired others to plant, 25 billion trees all over the planet. Who could ever imagine that one man could accomplish so much in one lifetime, and inspire so many others to carry on the work?”~P.T. New Age Volume 8 number 4 November 1982
Paul Hanley, a knew personally St. Barbe. Hanley is a freelance writer, and environmentalist who has written a biography on this internationally known forester, Richard St. Barbe Baker. Contact Paul Hanley for more information about this book, Man of the Trees. Richard St. Barbe Baker, the First Global Conservationist Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales Introduction by Jane Goodall.
Richard St. Barbe Baker ~ Inductee into the Environmental Hall of Fame in 1983 (The Mother Earth News. January/February 1984). Richard St. Barbe Baker, awarded honorary LL.D. at the University of Saskatchewan in 1971. Order of the British Empire bestowed upon St. Barbe in 1978.
“Just imagine for a moment what it would be like if you really knew that everything you do counts – which, ironically, on a cosmic level, is probably true. If you knew that to be a fact, in a very concrete, immediate way, would you live your life differently? Just today, for example, how might you have related to your children and loved ones if you knew that everything you say and do does affect them deeply and indelibly? How might you change at work? Would you even continue to do the work you do? And what about your community? How often have you hung back from raising issues with your neighbors, your community government, your school, whatever, because everyone knows “You can’t fight City Hall”? And then what about the national and international level? Are you at all active on that scale? How could you possibly have an impact?…But what we can see, incontrovertibly, is that those who choose to believe that what they do does make a difference have a special quality to their lives.~P.T. New Age Volume 8 number 4 November 1982
Paul Hanley also wrote the best selling book Eleven speaking of the time when the planet reaches Eleven billion people ~ echoing the following sentiments of Richard St. Barbe Baker. What are the choices facing this generation for the future survival of our planet? [As of October 2018 , the world population was 7.7 billion.]
“Under existing systems food looms large and there is a constant threat of famine over wide areas, but if we treat reforestation as seriously as we do national defense, and turn from an animal economy to a sylvan one, we shall be able to look forward confidently to the time when food will worry us as little as the air we breath. Indeed, when we have every man under his own vine and fig tree in a perfect earth, beautified by complete landscape husbandry, then with St. Francis of Assissi, we shall be able to say: ‘Praise be, my Lord, for our Sister, Mother Earth, which does sustain and keep us and bringeth forth diverse fruits and flowers of many colors and grass.~ Richard St. Barbe Baker The Mother Earth News. January/February 1984”
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
Contact the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 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)”. Post to MVA 402 Third Avenue South Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5 Please and thank you!
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition ~ an active group interested in forest management~ or make a donation to “Save our Saskatchewan” [SOS] Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area 😉