Surely a great tree has fallen.
Dr Richard St. Barbe Baker, O.B.E., Hon. L.L.D. (Sask), F.A.I.L., For, Dip. Cantab. (St. Barbe) 9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982.
Six and Thirty Years have Passed
The World lost a great man
In recognition of St Barbe’s love of trees
Plant a tree in memory.
“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” ~John Muir
“A society grows great when old men plant trees
whose shade they know they shall never sit in”
gone. Tall as the truth was who; and
like a …
―E. E. Cummings
On June 9, 2011, the British Columbia government renames a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway. Those driving between Langley and Abbotsford will be traversing “The Highway of Heroes.” The commemoration is to honour 13 BC soldiers who gave the supreme sacrifice in Afghanistan. Victoria, BC.
The Maori of yore revered his natural tree cover, the giant Kauris, pines and Totaras. When a great Maori Chieftain fell in battle, or died, they would say: “Surely a great Totara tree has fallen.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker
What tributes and accolades have honoured Richard St. Barbe Baker? In Saskatoon, the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area has its dedication ceremony on June 15, 1985. On the University of Saskatchewan campus, a conference inaugurated the Richard St. Barbe Baker Foundation June 4 and 5 1984. In 2013, near the site of St. Barbe’s last tree planting [just days before his death], the Meewasin Valley Authority and the Saskatoon Baha’i Community erected a plaque commemorating St. Barbe.
How will you celebrate the memory of Richard St. Barbe Baker?
Will you be as the Watu wa Miti, or Men of the Trees? The forest scouts who promised that they would protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere.
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
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
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)”. Please and thank you!
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition or make a donation to SOS Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area 😉