A note from the City of Saskatoon environmental protection officer, Regan Olson in regards to the October 3 clean up.
As part of the 2020 fall community clean ups this year, we assisted in the further clean-up of both the Richard-St-Barb-Baker-Afforestation-Area and the George Genereux Urban Park on the South West boundaries of the City of Saskatoon. This took place on Saturday Oct 3rd 2020.
Here are the results of the clean-up effort that are broken up in into the two areas that were dealt with:
This clean up took place all morning here and the 32 cubic yard roll-off waste bin was emptied twice with waste
The total amount of waste removed from the Richard-St-Barb-Baker-Afforestation-Area on Saturday was 3,410kg’s
A large group of volunteers from both the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas and the Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade were on hand with many trucks to help facilitate an efficient nearly total clean-up of this area. You would not recognize this area from how it looked only a few years ago thanks to the many stakeholders here and the ongoing work being done towards its betterment!
Other items of note:
– 5 tires were taken from here and recycled at A-1 Tire
– A large portion of an electrical line connection post that was mainly metal was hauled to the City landfill so that the metal could be recycled.
While not every piece of waste was removed from this site, the vast majority of the illegally dumped waste was cleaned up and removed from this location.
George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Further to the initial clean up that took place here a couple of weeks ago, we ran out of time to get some of the waste here. Therefore, since we were nearby at the RSBBA we simply moved the bins over here for the afternoon and worked on getting any other waste and materials that we could remove from this heavily treed area. A truck & crew from the Meewasin valley Authority assisted us and about 4 other volunteers from the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Area group helped clean up a lot of the remaining accessible waste.
We were also able to remove a truck load of metal that was taken to the landfill at the end of the day to be recycled.
This clean up took place all afternoon here and the 32 cubic yard roll-off waste bin was emptied twice with waste as well.
The total amount of waste removed from the George Genereux Urban Park on Saturday was 2,660 kg’s
The load of metal that was diverted from the landfill & will be recycled was 270 kg’s
Other items of note:
– 29 tires were taken from here and recycled at A-1 Tire
– Approximately 7 litres of used motor oil was found and properly disposed of at the landfill’s oil recovery centre
– a large quantity of used needles were collected & properly disposed
As stated in the previous report on the George Genereux Urban Park, a lot of the accessible waste was removed but a substantial amount remains. Most of this material will require equipment to remove and the resources of other City Departments & Stakeholders. When the time comes, please reach out to us on this matter as we can help assist in the facilitation.
I would like to thank all of those that helped out that day!! Please pass this along to anyone who I may have forgotten or who may find this information valuable.
Pictures of this event and of those involved are attached
Regan Olson |City of Saskatoon
Environmental Protection Officer
Alongside the thank you extended by Regan Olson from the City of Saskatoon, the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (FSAA) wish to thank everyone who came out on October 3 for the cleanup. It was in 2016 when the Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade (FFTB) worked alongside and as part of the Stewards and Stakeholders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. With the new incorporation of the FSAA under the new name, there is no longer a group called the Stewards and Stakeholders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area it was good to work with the FFTB who have also since incorporated. The afforestation areas are amazing greenspaces within the City of Saskatoon to be protected, and enjoyed.
For more information:
DRAFT 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′
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
Twitter: StBarbeBaker 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.