Community based support for Urban Forests – Celebrating National Forest Week – “Our forests – Continually giving”
Eventbrite Registration Please bring a mask
Mon, 20 September 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST
222 3rd Ave North
Come out and show your passion and dedication in support of urban forests!
Urban forests celebrated by National Forest Week and Maple Leaf Day in September. Commemorations for trees and forests resonates with the City of Saskatoon strategic goal of environmental leadership, Green Infrastructure Strategy, Climate Action Plan, Low Emissions Community Plan, and the city’s official community plan. A celebration focus on forest heritage, culture, traditions, and history highlights the importance of trees, their essential ecological services. Trees support biodiversity and ecosystems, mitigate flooding, raise the water table, absorb carbon dioxide, and provide life saving oxygen. National Forest Week provides public support for the tree decisions made by Urban Forestry, Parks, Public Works, Long range planning. It’s a time for residents of the city to tell stories about their love of trees, and appreciation of forests, and how very blessed we are. The flag raising and proclamation are a reminder of our responsibilities, relationship and solidarity with trees and forests.
The purpose of the flag raising is a great way to show support for urban forests! Urban forestry, and sustainability YXE green infrastructure stratety are both of importance to the City of Saskatoon. The name of the flag to be raised is the National Forest Week flag. A formal ceremony is planned for this event.
This program for National Forest Week is brought to you by the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas an environmental non-profit charity that was created to preserve and restore the 326-acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and the 148-acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Our work reinforces the 1979 City Council decision designating these afforestation areas on the western fringe of Saskatoon to “be preserved in perpetuity.” They are important habitat for wildlife as well as semi-wild public spaces for recreation and nature immersion. The larger of these two areas is named after Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1982), who has been called the “first global conservationist” and in recognition of this he was made the first Honorary Life Member of the World Wildlife Fund in 1969. A British forester who also homesteaded and studied in Saskatoon, he dedicated his entire life unfailingly to the preservation and planting of trees and forest events.
This is one session in a week long series of events celebrating National Forest Week with a theme – “Our Forests – Continually Giving”
Sept 19 2:00 Nature Snapshot in Time
Sun Sep. 19 2:00 Forestry Farm Walking Tour
Mon Sept 20 2:00 Flag raising Ceremony at City Hall – National Forest Week
Mon Sept 20 7:00 The Urban Forest and Climate Change
During National Forest Week enjoy the self-guided SOS Tree Tour of unique trees in our fair city!
Wed. Sept 22 Maple Leaf Day 7:00 National Healing Forests Truth and Reconciliation
Thurs Sept 23 7:00 Urban forests and greenspaces enhance Saskatoon’s quality of life.
Fri Sept Sep 24 at 7:00 pm When and Where did you see What?!?
Sunday Sunday Sep 26 at 2:00 Forest connections and guided walk
Sunday Sep 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm Our Forests. Are They Alive?
Sep 26 at 2:00 Forest connections and guided walk
For more information:
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
Facebook for the non profit Charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. FriendsAreas
Support using Canada Helps
- Use the UN Decade’s Visual Identity
- Make it your own
- Spread the word about the UN Decade
- Let’s Bring Back Forests
- Let’s Green Our Cities
““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”
Richard St. Barbe Baker