Eco-Friendly Sask is ten years old! What an amazing contribution they have made for the environment! Eco-Friendly Sask is the epitome of Environmental Leadership!
Thank you for your support for the afforestation areas, and thanks for supporting so many environmental endeavours!
“The simple act of planting a tree, which is in itself a practical deed, is also the symbol of a far reaching ideal, which is creative in the realm of the Spirit, and in turn reacts upon society, encouraging all to work for the future well being of humanity rather than for immediate gain,” was spoken by Richard St. Barbe Baker. In this case the simple acts of supporting the environment and community endeavours by EcoFriendly Sask has had such a far-reaching ripple effect, and truly , society is so much better for their commitment.
Giving Tuesday on December 1, is a day dedicated to giving. To celebrate, Canada Helps is offering up a chance to WIN $5,000 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. Just imagine the difference $5,000 can make! $5,000 could help provide environmental protection in the form of park identification signs and also install motorized vehicle barriers so that people cannot come in and dump trash willy nilly. The afforestation areas are amazing places to decompress and partake in wonderful social distancing while getting out in nature. Environmental protections also care for species at risk, trails and the semi-wilderness corridor and so much more.
To enter, simply tell Canada Helps that you would like to nominate the charity, Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc., to win the $5,000 prize. Contest closes on November 30th. Hurry and enter today!
Though trash cleanups are wonderful and amazing, and it is great to see the forest restored year after year, it would be so nice not to cleanup after buniuks who dump trash in an urban regional park with park protections installed!. Parks are amazing places to get out to enjoy nature during this pandemic, and they are also great places to connect with the semi-wilderness area and provincial birding hot spot. This year’s clean up statistics amounted to 15.34 tonnes removed. That is a lot. Can you help protect this greenspace, the trails, the wildlife please? Please share this email with your friends and family!
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )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! Canada Helps
“The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. ” Wangari Maathai.
“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 nations 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 you to RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development for this honour. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park are a mixed woodlands situated in the West Swale of Saskatoon. Through the Green Vision, Saskatoon will continue to have valued afforestation areas to mitigate climate change, therefore, heritage, semi wilderness wildlife habitats and recreational greenspace will be safe and protected. In the 2013-2023 CoS Strategic Plan, then city manager, Murray Totland asks, “What would Saskatoon look like if it grew to half a million people? And then we need to consider, “What do we want it to look like?” Our 2020 Green vision is for a healthy, safe green space with thriving and diverse ecosystems with protection of wetlands, woodlands, and grasslands, and an inter-connected West Swale eco-system to support sustainable growth and environmental leadership.
The City of Saskatoon CoS and P4G are currently planning 7-8 neighbourhoods with 70,000 people, a new employment sector, and a rural industrial-commercial area all next to the afforestation areas. The Cities of Saskatoon, Martensville and Warman, the Town of Osler and the RM of Corman Park have formed the Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth (P4G).
Our 2020 Green Vision pro-actively engages, and seeks protections regarding these urban afforestation areas and their ecosystem. The environmental non-profit charity, Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. formed to protect and preserve these significant heritage sites by ensuring safety, restoring, developing, and maintaining the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas with a view to commemorating the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas and educating the public about them. The 2020 green vision supports environmental sustainability. The Friends encourage management and cost-effective solutions for addressing the challenges to sustainably support the environment. The Friends work towards environmental sustainability through research, education, policy change, collaboration and partnerships in achieving targets. Education enhancing pro-active actions, investments and expanded capacity stops the degradation of the ecosystem, the loss of biodiversity and increases the recognition of the aesthetic, natural, historic, cultural, social and spiritual importance of the afforestation areas in our application for municipal heritage status.
Every past and future trash cleanup sees continued improvement, yet more is needed, such as the need for improvements, protections and education to keep up with the growing population, increasing pressures and demands on the ecosystem. Sustainability is indeed, thinking about the day after tomorrow. The critical habitat of the Horned Grebe, one of the federally listed species, is subject to illegal motorized vehicle trespass along the wetlands shoreline, resulting in invasive species, habitat loss, and nutrient loading from illegal trash dumping.
Managing woodland ecosystems sustainability will maintain the biodiversity and protect the small yellow lady’s slipper listed in the provincial rare species database. “The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Albert Einstein. Environmental stewardship and guardian roles for youth, and afforestation area users are enhanced through place-based learning. Ecosystem sustainability education brings awareness, networking and education brings about the capacity for successful conservation. “In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum.
The afforestation areas were preserved in perpetuity in 1972 by city council The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. is a non-profit charitable incorporation formed with a mission to honour the council decision of 1972, and to continue onwards to conserve the Saskatoon afforestation areas which we love. During the COVID-19 protocols come out with i-Naturalist loaded on your smart phone to help document the biodiversity and enjoy the afforestation areas with social distancing. Please support the habitat of endangered species, marvel at the rich and diverse heritage and celebrate the eco-system wonders.
A ton of thanks for your contribution towards signs at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Signs for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area lets the community know the story of this greenspace, its regional significance, natural history and wildlife, environmental features, historical natural and cultural features along with the legacy of Richard St. Barbe Baker, the first global conservationist.
Your generosity will directly benefit the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area greenspace and the visitors from Saskatoon and area. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile mission to encourage respect and guardianship of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area with place based knowledge.
Meetings have taken place between the Meewasin Valley Authority, City of Saskatoon Stewards and Stakeholders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area have met with to set a plan and procedure into place.
The Stewards and Stakeholders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area are working towards a partnership with pupils in Saskatoon. It is an initiative to encourage environmental stewardship and awareness which can best be developed by beginning at a young age, and reinforced through daily activities such as this one.
Sask Outdoors, your support of this local environment project is truly invaluable, as is the mission which you advocate to “encourage educators and people who participate in outdoor recreation to practice and teach environmental responsibility. Explore. Play. Learn.”
Thank you from the Stewards and Stakeholders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
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!
“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker
Stand firm. Grip hard. Thrust upward to the skies. Bend to the winds of heaven. And learn tranquility. ~Richard St. Barbe Baker
“We feel that our greatest victory remains to be won when man will realize his oneness with the trees, the creatures and with all living things, not ours to destroy, but to be handed on for the enjoyment of future generations.” – Richard St. Barbe Baker
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”― John Burroughs