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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area has many stories to share! You might know that that this 326 acre man made forest on the prairies was planted as a tree nursery in 1972 and named as an urban regional park in 1979, but did you know this site was also named for Richard St. Barbe Baker, global conservationist who founded the International Tree Foundation with the Dance of the Trees 100 years ago July 22, 1922.
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I believe in the Oneness of Mankind and all living things and the interdependence of each and all
Richard St. Barbe Baker L.L.D, O.B.E. photo credit University of Saskatchewan. University Archives and Special Collections. Richard St. Barbe Baker Fonds MG71.
Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71
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University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71.
A listing of published books written by Richard St. Barbe Baker. This list does not include the unpublished books held on file at the University of Saskatchewan Library, Archives and Special Collections Room, Murray Building.
There is a personal warmth in all the books that he wrote, in his speeches, and public appearances and it is felt that we knew him in a sort of personal way, as if we had shaken hands with him, and heard his voice; and we always have a feeling that he is addressing us in our own person.
Friends frequently refer to the intensity of his passionate affection for acquaintances and those he met, and of the full and free expression he gave it. In his speech before audiences and in writings, how fearfully strong are all his feelings and affections! It is indeed a deep satisfaction to hope and believe that the works of Richard St. Barbe Baker will be, a help to the cause of the earth, of humanity, especially as it relates to sustaining the environment and mankind by the planting of trees, and protecting trees everywhere.
Indeed, the personality of St. Barbe seems to have produced a very marked effect upon all the great men and women with whom he came in contact. St Barbe’s regard for those he had the pleasure of meeting was very great, and within his correspondence there is not one but rather many letters where he sends a kindly and a warm greeting. There is, of course, a great deal of mutual admiration of each other’s work, very genuine, ever pleasant to hear about. When reading St. Barbe’s reminiscences, and writings a picture of what sort of man St. Barbe really is becomes evident, and but much that will add to the kindly impression which St Barbe has made upon others
“I believe in the Oneness of Mankind and all living things and the interdependence of each and all.”~ Richard St. Barbe Baker
Men of the Trees: In the Mahogany Forests of Kenya and Nigeria, 1931
Men of the Trees in the Mahogany Forests of Kenya and Nigeria 1931
Among the Trees, (men of the Trees) 1935
The Men of the Trees 1936 Article The Baha’I World.
Among the Trees Vol. ii 1941
I planted Trees 1944
Boy’s Own Paper – January 1945 Richard St. Barbe Baker “Froestry as a career” 1945
Trees: a book of the seasons 1948
Green Glory -the forests of the World 1949
Tambours Africains 1949
Famous Trees 1952
Sahara Challenge 1954
Kabongo: The Story of a Kikuyu Chief. 1955
Land of Tané, the threat of erosion 1956
Sahara Conquest 1956
Dance of the Trees, The Adventures of a Forester 1956
Richard St. Barbe Baker 1889-1982; A Keepsake Book For All Ages and Generations 1989
Man of the Trees: Selected Writings of Richard St. Barbe Baker 1993
Men of the Trees 2011
Men of the Trees – Scholar’s Choice Edition 2015
Africa Drums 1942, 1951, 1954
The Redwoods 1943, 1959
My Life, My Trees 1970, 1981
The Brotherhood of the Trees
Trees, a book of the seasons 1941
Trees, a reader’s guide 1948
The True Book About Trees 1965
Magic in the Woods 1935
Why I am a Vegetarian 1957
There are many who could appreciate the remarkable stores of information he possessed, and the lucidity with which he could deal them forth, It is hoped you enjoy this listing of books written by St. Barbe.
“Besides water, trees provide pure air. They are the great filtering machines for the human organism. They improve and transform the air in a way which is most favorable and most acceptable to the lungs of man.”…. “According to ancient mythology, trees were the first living things on earth. This is borne out by scientific reasoning which shows that it is through them that the air we breathe can give life to humanity. Through countless ages trees have been drawing carbonic acid gas from the atmosphere, absorbing and incorporating the carbon, assimilating it; then when they die, bequeathing to soil their carboniferous remains. The consequence has been that eventually the atmospheric oxygen was left sufficiently pure for the requirements of birds and mammals which have replaced the flying reptiles and monstrous amphibians that were able to endure the heavy air of primeval swamps and jungles.” ~Richard St. Barbe Bkaer– from Trees and Life Selected wirtings of Richard St. Barbe Baker
Winter in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestaton Area, Saskatoon, SK, CA
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, SK, CA
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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.