Afforestation Workshop

“When the trees go, the rain goes, the climate deteriorates, the water table sinks, the land erodes and desert conditions soon appear” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker

Afforestation Workshop May 25, 2017 at 1:30
Afforestation Workshop May 25, 2017 at 1:30

“What do the forests bear? Soil, water and pure air–soil, water and pure air are the basis of life; this is the slogan of the Chipko (Hug to the Trees) women in India–those who work with Sunderlal Bahuguna to save the forests of the Himalayas. Sunderlal is my Guru”.~Richard St. Barbe Baker

The Wild About Saskatoon 2017 NatureCity Festival theme this year is ‘We are water: explore our prairie waterscape.’ The festival takes place with a wide assortment of events May 23-28, 2017. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area joins the festivities Thursday afternoon May 25, 2017 between 1:30 and 3:15.  Situated in a low lying area classified as a “wetlands”, the afforestation workshop  participants will be immersed in the forest and woodlands in the southwest sector of Saskatoon.  The workshop was compiled from the books and teachings of Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker,  L.L.D., O.B.E., humanitarian, author, silviculturist and forester.  In this way we embrace the teachings of this Baba Wya Miti ~ loving Father of Trees.

Omitakoyasin. The Omitakoyasin are the spirits of all of humanity’s ancestors, since always and for always. “We are all related.” It is important to realize that every single person who enters into our lives, from the passing stranger to those nearest and dearest to us, is present because we dreamed them here. We made a mutual agreement with each of them to connect in this time and space for the purpose of enriching and empowering our individual and collective evolution.~Lynette Hopkin

Arrive at the parking lot of the South West off leash dog park for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday May 25, 2017 should you wish to partake in this workshop activities.  Directions and map are included below.  Though the meeting place will be the SW off leash recreation area parking lot, the Afforestation Workshop will take place in the forest east of the dog park, and not in the dog park itself.

“The trees and vegetation, which cover the land surface of the Earth and delight the eye, are performing vital tasks incumbent upon the vegetable world in nature. Its presence is essential to earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life; it is the “Skin” of the earth, for without it there can be no water and, therefore, no life.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker

Note 

There will be no actual planting or “afforestation of trees” at the location of this workshop, this afforestation workshop is so named as it takes place within an “afforestation area” – the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

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If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque please to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund” (MVA RSBBAA trust fund) and mail it to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area c/o Meewasin Valley Authority, 402 Third Ave S, Saskatoon SK S7K 3G5. Thank you kindly!
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Official Event Photographer

We advocate that all standing armies everywhere be used for the work of essential reafforestation

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Robert White [pictured above] stepped up to the plate, and took pictures of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area clean up event activities and volunteers.  It was precious to have a visual record of the day, and the people who came out for the clean up.  Robert has posted pictures to his own facebook page, and has submitted photos to use for the Richard St Barbe Afforestation Area clean up here, in the slide show as follows:

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Thank you very much Robert, for being our official photographer,  for taking these images, and sharing them about the clean up. If anyone else has photos or stories they wish to share about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up, please email, thank you kindly.

“We advocate that all standing armies everywhere be used for the work of essential reafforestation . .. in the countries to which they belong, and that each country . . . shall provide expeditionary forces to cooperate in the greater tasks of land reclamation in the Sahara and other deserts.”
— Richard St. Barbe Baker, Green Glory:The Forests of the World, (1947)

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
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA 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)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Canada’s Corporate clean Up week

Encouraging all to work for the future well being of humanity rather than for immediate gain

This summer, gather together your co-workers and come out for Canada’s Corporate Clean Up Week, July 8 – 15. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up takes place Saturday July 9, 2016, what better way for your work place to become involved with a conservation clean up project and make a huge difference to the shorelines.

Summer is a great time for taking part in community initiatives! The Richard St. Barbe Baker Clean up is a part of two amazing programs, Meewasin & Affinity Credit Union Clean-Up Campaign and Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, to clean up, fix up and conserve our precious environment. Come out and clean up the naturalized forest, don’t have time to get away, then take a well most daily “Staycation” in the woods this summer.

If you have registered for the clean up, ask your co-worker to come along and join you. Come out and have a big impact on the wetlands.

Really, when there is a forest in the city, you do have seven days every week to enjoy and savour the outdoors! Come, clean up at the afforestation area, and then hike a trail and enjoy a job well done!

“Litter Litter, sadly, remains a grimy reality in too many communities. It’s an eyesore, harms our tourism industry, poses health risks, and affects water quality. Wildlife often mistake it as food…So we wish people wouldn’t litter and we didn’t have to organize clean-ups.

…We need to reduce our waste in the first place. As consumers, we need to be more aware of the products we buy – and the packaging they come in. We can eschew the plastic utensils. We can stop buying so much throw-away junk. We can share products.

…In a compostable nutshell, citizens just need to think more about our garbage – something we don’t always do.let’s start reducing litter by reducing the amount of trash we throw out. … Let us lend a hand to the thousands of volunteers out there picking up after ourselves.”source

Save the date this summer, here is a special clean up event that fits your schedule. Make a positive difference in your local environment, and improve the quality of life not only for your recreational activities but improve the quality of life for the natural wildlife in Saskatoon!

As Saskatoon grows to 1/2 million by the year 2023, let us help the wildlife also increase their population in the city by the year 2023 as well! Let us save a naturalized forest in the city, where our children and their children’s children can still see a squirrel or a deer in the city! How can you do this?  Register the workers at your corporation for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up.

“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.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker

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.
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Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA 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)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

Shoreline Cleanup Participant

I think that could the weary world know…

Are you on facebook? Here is a Badge for you!

Show that you are coming out to the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up taking place at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area on StBarbeBaker
Saturday July 9, 2016 with this facebook badge!  The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area has within in it three prairie pothole wetlands of the West Swale.  The West Swale offers a diverse wetlands environment home to the uncommon Mountain Bluebird, and a site specific locale for the Ruddy Duck.  The wetlands provide a diverse wildlife habitat with benefits for recreational and educational opportunities both within the City of Saskatoon city limits, and in close proximity to the urban areas. This unique area provides an excellent drainage opportunity, and affords a measure of flood control for the land in the area.  Additionally, the West Swale wetlands act as a natural filter for water entering the South Saskatchewan River. Plastic, however, lasts several years up to 450 before it breaks down. Litter impacts water quality of the West Swale wetlands through contamination and poses threats to wildlife.

This year’s clean up is taking place Saturday July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Meeting at the South West off Leash Dog Park at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Map online

The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is on facebook
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BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Wikimapia West Swale (Southern wetlands) just over 5 km in length which drains into the South Saskatchewan River 2.5 kilometers from Chappell Marsh Conservation area. This wetlands intersects with both Chappell marsh Conservation Area and the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Chappell Marsh Conservation Area is south of Cedar Villa Road, and Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is north.

Wikmapia West Swale (Northern Wetlands 1.75 km long

St Barbe often quoted Stanton A. Coblenz
I think that could the weary world know
Communion with these spirits breathing peace
Strangely a veil would lift, a light would glow,
And the dark tunnel of our lives would glow,
And the dark tunnel of our lives would cease.

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
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA 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)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

Fun and Not so Fun Facts

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From the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up

“Has any one of us ever really seen a Tree? When we become aware of trees we may each glimpse of them to moments of spiritual vision and, identifying ourselves with the trees, become conscious of the rising of the sap; the upward thrust of life, leaf burgeoning, their consciousness of the changing seasons; we may share their passionately boisterous exuberance of life in the height of the storm, and their tranquility when at rest; with them we will enjoy the glad murmur of the ripening seed clusters when after weeks of drought the steady warm rain brings relief to thirst; and we will know that these creatures, our elder brethern, are intimately related to us in their love and hunger for life. We may even catch their enthusiasm and aspire heavenwards while still rooted in our Mother Earth and in communion with our fellow man and, tree-wise, strive to make the Earth more fruitful again.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker

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
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Contact the MVA and ask how you can support the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area with your donation.
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up Day Prizes

The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.

Win  Prizes!  Make your City Look Good!

It is with thanks and gratitude that businesses and corporations have offered their support to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Cleanup, indeed. Previously, we acknowledged the grant from EcoFriendly Sask which is an enormous assistance, indeed.  The Fatbike Fatlanders Brigade have undertaken a fund-raising initiative for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area as well. Donations and fund-raising such as these as well as those from the corporate and business community are truly appreciated, ever so much.

Cash donations go towards the clean up and dumping prevention activities. (Example; it costs $40.00 to remove and recycle 10 tires, access restriction barriers and gates are $150-1500 plus installation fees).

As July 9 falls within Canada’s Corporate Clean Up Week, any business employees who can come out as volunteers would, of course, be an enormous help.

So these are just some of the prizes being offered to the volunteers who arrive at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Clean Up. While supplies last, there will be random draws throughout the day as a thank you and a thumbs up in appreciation of volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean up.

It truly does make one proud to live in The City of  Saskatoon when corporations and the business community rise to the plate and show support to the volunteers who come out to clean up the environment. Thank you ever so much!

Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop Saskatoon Blairmore 120-115 Betts Avenue, Saskatoon

Panago pizza 3000 Diefenbaker Drive #10, Saskatoon

Fit 4 Less 301 Confederation Dr #4, Saskatoon
A&W Restaurants on 22nd Street and Avenue W

Cowtown Pets – Saskatoon – EverythingPets.ca 3366 Fairlight Dr, Saskatoon

Motion Fitness Saskatoon 320 Shillington Cres, Blairmore, Saskatoon

The Meewasin Valley Authority MVA 402 3 Ave S, Saskatoon

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt 3000 Diefenbaker Dr #12, Saskatoon

Prizes from the Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

 

So how is it possible to say a resounding thank you and let these folks know that their support is well and truly appreciated?

“A man who plants a tree is doing a very wonderful thing. He is setting in motion an organism which may far outlive him or his children, and year by year that tree is storing up energy and power, working with precision like a factory, but far superior to any factory of man.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

“The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.”– Buckminster Fuller

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
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA 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)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

Cleanup ~ spring of 2015

 

An ambitious and very environmentally conscious clean up took place in June of 2015. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (east side) was inundated with litter. A clean up campaign was organized, and a very few volunteers did an absolutely amazing job of restoring the far east side of the RSBBAA to a safe, and natural wildlife viewing habitat. The far east side of the RSBBAA is that area of land east of the “South West off leash dog park” and west of the “City of Saskatoon Civic Operations Center” (Bus Barns) construction site.

3300 kilograms (7275 Pounds) of trash, chesterfields, construction materials with nails, shingles, and tires were removed on that Saturday. “One woman and a baby along with four men cleaned out hundreds of old shingles, chunks of concrete, barrels of oil, old lumber and more. They toiled in the heat, joined by an army of ticks, a City worker and a Loraas bin.”(Montgomery Place Community Association)

A 2013 model Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 3300 kilograms. A car is about half that amount, A 2009 Ford Taurus weighs 1,652 kilograms, so the amount removed from the forest in spring of 2015 was the weight of two average cars. Coincidentally, “the largest yo-yo in the world weighs an unbelievable 3,300 kilograms. Unsurprisingly, nobody can use it unless they have a crane”~Noel Botham To get a further idea of 3,300 kilograms, Cows (heifers) weigh in at about 300kg so 3300 kg is about 11 cows. An average male hippopotamus, weighs in between 3,000 to 4,000 kilograms.

Packnpaddle states on facebook, that “In the words of Robert Swan, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” On Saturday, June 6, a handful of determined volunteers gathered at the Richard St. Barbe Baker afforestation area in southwest Saskatoon. The group had one mission in mind – to take action to restore the forest to its natural beauty.”

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“The fate of an individual or a nation will always be determined by the degree of his or its harmony with the forces and laws of Nature and the universe. Man is not alone in the universe but is surrounded by sources of power, harmony and knowledge. The fullness of life depends upon man’s harmony with the totality of the natural cosmic laws. Our individual evolution is a job that has to be carried on day by day by each individual himself. It is a livelong task.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker

“Thank you to the volunteers who worked hard to clean up the forest area south of Montgomery Place. A motion was passed at the June 2015 meeting that the MPCA support sustaining the St. Barbe Baker Forest as an urban forest of significance.” ~Montgomery Place Community Association.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” !Oscar Wilde

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another:. ~Erma Bombeck The volunteers for the spring of 2015 clean up came from Montgomery Place Community Association, Cedar Villar Estates and the City of Saskatoon. Thank you kindly.

 
(The above article is about laast year’s clean up. The clean up in 2016 takes place July 9)
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BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Botham , Noel How Fast Can You Fart? Dr. Dino’s Learnatorium. Publisher John Blake Publishing Ltd, 2014. ISBN 1784181730, 9781784181734. Date accessed June 1, 2016.

Hane, H., J. Ewart, and J. Martinkus. Media Framing of the Muslim World: Conflicts, Crises and Contexts Edition illustrated. Publisher Springer, 2014. ISBN 1137334835, 9781137334831. Date accessed June 1, 2016.

PackNPaddle. Facebook Date accessed June 1, 2016.

The Measure of Things The Measure of Things Date accessed June 1, 2016.

Montgomery Place Community Association. City of Saskatoon Local Area Planning (LAP) Montgomery Place – Heritage and Culture LAP Meeting 7 – 10 February 2016 Local Area Plan.

Montgomery Place Community Association.
Your Community Association at Work – June/July
St. Barbe Baker Forest Posted July 24, 2015.
Montgomery Place Community Association. Your Community Association at Work – February 2016 Date posted March 2, 2016.

Montgomery Place Community Association St. Barbe Baker Forest Date accessed June 1, 2016.

Montgomery Place Community Association. Habitat Destruction April 2016. Posted May 3, 2016.

Warrington, Patrick D., Ph.D. Water Quality Branch. Environmental Protection Department. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks Government of British Columbia. Date accessed June 1, 2016.

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
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA 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)” .
Twitter: St Barbe Baker