Help Me!

St. Barbe was eighty-six when I first met him.  …

“Help Me” he said simply.

Help me!  He took on the struggle and greatness of the planet itself in that moment.~Gaea Laughingbird  Weiss. New Age. November 1982

Have you ever taken a moment to delve into the heart and soul of Richard St. Barbe Baker?  Spend a moment and read through his personal correspondence,  many and several articles about St. Barbe, tributes and memorials upon his passing.  These and more can all be uncovered at the University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71

“Trees are sensitive to thought vibrations and sometimes visibly recoil from people who do not love them. Many believe that should a tree have to be felled or even heavily pruned, there should  be an understanding wit the tree deva. ~Richard St. Barbe Baker in Trees for Health and Longevity.  Forward by Kenneth T.H. Moore M.B., B.S., F.R.C.S.

Richard St. Barbe Baker was responsible for planting some 26 trillion trees during his lifetime.  Organizations, and people committed to the legacy of St. Barbe continue his life mission even today.

“It took a long time to find a suitable site for such an important memorial.” The Richard St. Barbe Baker Memorial Wood, Charnwood Borough.

Richard St. Barbe Baker OBE, Hon. LL.D. F.I.A.L., For.Dip.Cantab., ACF (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on 6 November 1971 from the University of Saskatchewan. This honour was followed by an appointment bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II as Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE in 1978.

“[Richard St. Barbe Baker said,] I am going to Saskatchewan where I began as a young man, studying forestry at the university, homesteading and planting the first trees.  I don’t know if I will go beyond there.”  He paused and looked at me in that direct way he had, reading my mind, for I had been wishing to speak with him of death.  “Is there anything you wish to say to me in my condition? he asked.

“Do you mean as you are about to die? I [Gaea Laughingbird  Weiss] responded.

“Yes,” he said…..

When I left, he said, “Pray for me,” and I felt waves of love move through me, as if from lifetimes of friendship.”

“~Gaea Laughingbird  Weiss. New Age. November 1982

Why did St. Barbe, a world wide traveler, choose Saskatoon, specifically with due thought, care and attention, as his resting place?  Why did St. Barbe honour Saskatoon with his presence in June 1982 and ever after?  How does Saskatoon take the time to repay this great and terrific honour?  It is truly humbling to learn about St. Barbe and to always feel a great privilege to walk in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area named out of respect in his memory.

“Many scientists have a spiritual perspective that remains hidden from public view until their later years or their death. Not so St. Barbe, who integrated rigorous scientific understanding of trees, and the place of forests in planetary ecology, with a profoundly spiritual understanding.” Gaea Laughingbird  Weiss. New Age. November 1982

Paul Hanley, a personal friend of St. Barbe, a freelance writer, and environmentalist,  has written a biography on this internationally known forester, Richard St. Barbe Baker.  Contact Paul Hanley for more information about this book.

Richard St. Barbe Baker photograph courtesy University of Saskatchewan, University Archives & Special Collections, Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71

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 Off Leash Recreation Area SW OLRA

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Twitter: St Barbe Baker

Contact the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 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)”.  Post to MVA 402 Third Avenue South Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5  Please and thank you!

Membership in the Saskatoon Nature Society  “supports nature conservation projects and [the society] is an active advocate for the preservation of plant and animal habitats”.

Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition ~ an active group interested in forest management~ or make a donation to “Save our Saskatchewan” [SOS] Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area  😉

1./ Learn.

2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

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Worldwide Stewardship

“Richard St. Barbe Baker was evidence of the goodness one person can bring to the world” ~ Jo Lynn Sheane Saskatoon Star Phoenix Feb 20, 1995“

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. Josh Billings
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. Josh Billings

September 13

Positive Thinking Day!

“Few of us know that our home town [Saskatoon, SK] launched the career of one of the greatest pioneers in the movement for global conservation.”~ Paul Hanley Oct 10 1989 Saskatoon Star Phoenix

By some estimates, organizations Richard St. Barbe Baker founded or assisted have been responsible for planting over 26 trillion trees around the world! He saw these trees seeded personally according to his biography when inducted into the Environmental Hall of Fame 1983!  This is a true testament to the power of Positive Thinking!

“The Ecstasy of Love is born of giving for regiving, in knowing our oneness in each other, in seeing all men as God’s creation; in knowing every living thing as part of us in Creation; the Ecstasy of Love is feeling the pulse-beat of the universe in a flower, a tree, and all we call Nature, and knowing that all things animate or inanimate are the imaginings of God.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker  in Caravan Story and Country Notebook.

Can you join in Richard St. Barbe Baker’s dream, and plant a tree (for free), yourself?

Richard St. Barbe Baker: Evangelist, missionary, writer, raconteur, entrepreneur, generous, visionary, single minded, boundless energy, member of the Bahai’ faith, excellent networker, inspirational, abstemious, excellent recall, Vegan.”~Geoff Poulton author of the occasional paper Richard St. Barbe Baker Eastleigh and District Local History Society

Stand firm, hold fast, Reach upward to the skies, Bend to the winds of Heaven, And learn tranquility.~Richard St. Barbe Baker tree planting song

“If we continue tearing away the earth’s green cloak at the rate that we have we soon won’t have enough trees to provide the oxygen we need to survive, and life will disappear from the planet.  All that’s required is some intelligent stewardship.  It’s a world wide responsibility.” Richard St. Barbe Baker; For Every Child A Tree: Richard St. Barbe Baker Foundation.

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 Off Leash Recreation Area SW OLRA

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Tagged Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Twitter: St Barbe Baker

Contact the Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 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)”.  Post to MVA 402 Third Avenue South Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5  Please and thank you!

Membership in the Saskatoon Nature Society  “supports nature conservation projects and [the society] is an active advocate for the preservation of plant and animal habitats”.

Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition ~ an active group interested in forest management~ or make a donation to “Save our Saskatchewan” [SOS] Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area  😉

1./ Learn.

2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

 

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.