Are Off Leash Recreation Areas a Good Idea for Service Dogs?

Today, just a couple of provincial news stories about off leash recreation areas.

Regina residents unhappy with accessibility of off-leash dog parks “As far wheelchair accessibility it’s useless.” Jennifer Ackerman, Regina Leader-Post Updated: August 17, 2018

 

Could Regina’s dog parks be more accessible? Regina Leader-Post Updated: August 17, 2018

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk

Can your service dog enjoy the water in the summer months?

Are Off Leash Recreation Areas a Good Idea for Service Dogs?

Where do Service Dogs and their owners go in Saskatoon for recreation?

Where to Service Dogs, and their owners go for recreation in other cities around the world?

Do Service Dogs have exercise needs met by their owners, or are the owner dependent on a support system to walk their dogs to meet the dogs needs?

If a person is physically challenged with a walker or wheelchair, and own a pet or Service Dog, can they walk their own dog?

Should a physically challenged person be able to have independence and walk their own dog, or should they have a support system to help care for their pet?

 

What are your comments?

Where would one walk in Saskatoon with a Service Dog?

How do other cities compare?

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′
Addresses:
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: StBarbeBaker
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!
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

 

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a good place for all of us to live in

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Richard St. Barbe Baker said “You can gauge a country’s wealth, its real wealth, by its tree cover”, andthe same can be said for a city’s wetlands
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
“Planting and growing increasing quantities of trees is the scientific solution to Earth’s environmental dilemma.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
“Erosion does not march with a blast of trumpets or the beating of drums, but its tactics are more subtle, more sinister.’ ~ Richard ST. Barbe Baker- I Planted Trees – 1944”
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
‘The world will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.  Richard t Barbe Baker, Green Glory, the Camelot Press, UK, 1948.

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  😉

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2./ Experience

3./ Do Something: ***

Wintershines Event

Wintershines Event

Sunday – Jan 28, 2018

 Sunday  10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Snow Fondo –

Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trail Network

 

To join in to this event and locate the Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trail, use these GPS coordinates 52.102628, -106.741664.  Access is traveling north via the old Snow Dump Road west of the Civic Operations Centre (Bus Barns) to arrive at the afforestation area east of the South West off leash recreation area

There are two courses at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, an orange course race on a single track, and a purple course race twisting and curving around and about the trees.

As the Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade “Fat Fun For Fine Folks” note, fatbikes have tires wider than those on a mountain bike which grip the snow.  The city of Saskatoon offers trails which exceed 25 kilometers in length for cycling year round.

The signs are up posting where the Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trails are located in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.  The race it is actually not a race but rather a big social ride ~ city only has race signs… the event takes place on both the east and west sides of the South West off leash recreation area.

An historical side note: the trail course is called “Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trail” as the “Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Winter Fatbike Trail” becomes a mouthful.  The “International Tree Foundation” began as the “Watu Wa Miti” a Kenyan word which roughly translated means “Men of the Trees” in English.  Richard St. Barbe Baker initiated Forest Scouts who promised that “they would protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere,” and it was these Watu Wa Miti who were the very first forest scouts of the “Men of the Trees” international organization which later became known as the “International Tree Foundation”.

The Winter Fatbike group is very enthusiastic, and have always re-assured everyone, that any trails made in the City of Saskatoon Urban Regional Park for winter fat-bicycling are open to everyone, be they nature watchers, walkers, foresters, entymologists, phenologists, photographers, hikers, explorers, bird watchers, Shinrin-yoku enthusiasts, classrooms of students, artists or silviculurists [St Barbe was a forester known as a silviculturist], &c.  as it is known that not all peoples bicycle for their particular sport or exercise, and not everyone can afford a Winter Fatbicycle.  (That being said, winter bicycling is very enjoyable on a “Mountain Bicycle” if you have not made the commitment to embrace winter bicycling and have not yet made a purchase of a “Fatbike” and would like to give winter bicycling a whirl to see if you like it, try it on your “Mountain Bike.”  For the upcoming “Snow Fondo” it may be wise to check with the organisers to see if the trails and “type of snow cover”  is suitable for Mountain Bicycles on that particular day. Wear mitts, hats, scarf and boots, and layer the body.  Fluffy mitts with an exterior windbreaker layer are especially nice.  If weather is windy, wind pants to break the wind may be an option to keep thighs cozy~ski pants may be too, too warm.  The actual exercise of bicycling does keep the interior of the body very, very toasty ~ hence layering with a back pack to capture excess jackets once the body is warm.  With the extremities warm and cozy in mitts and boots which stay on the bicycle pedals,  winter bicycling  is very, very enjoyable, and not freezing cold as one may perhaps imagine.) 

So perhaps ~ back to the history of the trails, if not the moniker ~ “Friends of the Trees Trails” ~ perhaps some other random, mutually inclusive name for both men and women and people of all backgrounds and all fitness levels to feel welcome to partake in green exercise on the trails in a city owned park ~ be it walking, snowshoeing, dancing, skiing, hopping, running, hiking, bicycling, &c.  This may perhaps be figured out over the course of time as “Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trail” is very specific.

In delving into the history of the International Tree Foundation, Richard St. Barbe Baker issued an appeal in the year 1959 as saying “The time has come for our women, the creative element, to take their part in guiding nations. We of the Men of the Trees would welcome women volunteers from every part of the UK to form local branches. If women would like to Change Men of the Trees to Friends of the Trees, as founding member, I would welcome it”.  Another name change was recorded when the The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (GMOTT) voted on whether to adopt the moniker ‘Trees for Life’.Perhaps in time, 2018 will catch up to 1959, and the sentiments of Richard St. Barbe Baker and the trails may perhaps become known as  “Friends of the Trees Trails” or some other such name and welcome everyone.

SnowFondo 2018 Wintershines Festival Event
SnowFondo 2018 Wintershines Festival Event

Events to shake the frost off of your chin

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: ***

“The glorious rich, colourful, quilted covering of trees and vegetation is not there merely to feed and please us, its presence is essential to earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life. It is the skin of the earth.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker

Spring 2017 Updates

The greatest gift of all is life. Richard St. Barbe Baker

New updates about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

Jeff Hehn made a facebook posting:  “As mentioned at the meeting last night [Wed March 29, 2017]- here is the  link to the photo album of accumulating issues since the last cleanup: . Anyone should be able to add to the album if you see an issue that needs addressing.”

“Also I,  [Jeff Hehn] have been logging the location to a google map as posted on the Users of Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area facebook page Additionally the phenomenal RSBBAA – Vehicle restrictions are pictured online!”

This is a fantastic to update the news about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, thank you to Jeff Hehn, ambassador of the Fatlanders Fatbike  Brigade FFBB. However, that being said, it is arrggghh to see the devastation.

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

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!
Twitter: St Barbe Baker

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“In the wealth of the woods since the world began The trees have offered their gifts to man.” – Henry van Dyke

The greatest gift of all is life. For millions of years the trees were paving the way for life on this planet, absorbing impurities, clearing up the foetid atmosphere and the swamp breath, absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off the life giving oxygen that
we breathe.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker

Environmental Resource Violations

I look at it this way. If a person is living a normal life and not abusing themselves

Investigation is underway to install barriers tgo prevent motorized vehicles egress to sensitive areas within the wetlands of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Even though motorized vehicles are prohibited within a City of Saskatoon open space, the damaging activity has been ongoing. Funding from conservation agencies and foundations is being sought out to help protect the wetlands and forest ecology at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area which includes the wetlands of the West Swale. Ruts created by motorized vehicles on the wetlands areas alter water movement within the West Swale.

Call the Department of Natural Resources 1-877-996-6199 (The Honourable James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources) or Saskatchewan Environment if you observe anyone driving off-highway vehicles in any sensitive area. There is an anonymous tip line which can be called for any environmental resource violations. These violations include, but are not limited to:”
Dumping of toxic materials on land or in water
Dumping tires
Illegal forest harvesting

Provide the information below, if possible:
Licence plate of the suspect vehicle/boat
Date/time/location of the offence
Whether it is ongoing or not
Description of the violation
Description of the violators
Description of the vehicle
Photos or video of the offence or the offender

Report suspicious activity three ways. All calls and submissions are confidential.

Toll-free -1-800-667-7561
Sasktel cell – #5555
Complete and submit a form online.”

It is important to limit use of off-highway vehicles to designated trails in the province. Never operate off-highway vehicles in sensitive wildlife habitats such as wetlands, and shorelines. The effect of areas accessed by four-wheel drive vehicles, ATV and off-road vehicle has seen a loss of riparian vegetation, and a reduction in the quality of riparian vegetation especially along the wetlands shorelines. Additionally, an increase is seen in the spread of noxious weeds, and and increase in human intitiated grass fires

Long term sustainable improvements in the Richards St. Barbe Baker West Swale Wetlands would occur as a direct result of mitigation applied and restoration action. With the installation of barriers to motorized vehicles, the effects of cross-country travel would be mitigated, and though currently motorized vehicles in a City of Saskatoon open space  is not authorized, barriers would prevent such illegal activity from continuing. Riparian areas wuld not see any motorized vehicle traffic if barriers were installed. The province of Saskatchewan does, indeed, have areas to meet the needs of motorized recreation use.

“I look at it this way. If a person is living a normal life and not abusing themselves – not smoking too much, not eating too much, not drinking too much – but living normally and eating the right food – they will be fit and well. It is only when they start abusing themselves that they are prone to attack by disease. It is the same with trees.”~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
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

Fire at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Fire at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area occurred at the end of April, 2016.

Fire at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

GrassFire

(stock photo)

Fire broke out at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area at the end of April, 2016. Images taken of the grass fire on April 22, show the damage which was sustained on the western half of the Afforestation Area. This fire was quickly alleviated by Saskatoon Fire Department personnel. Luckily no one was injured. It could have quickly turned into tragedy with the dry spring. Since the grass fire, evidence of small fires have been seen in the area, but none have escalated into a grass fire. The fire came about after the Rural Municipality of Corman Park 344 called for a fire ban due to the dry conditions. The fire ban has since been lifted, on May 10, 2016. However as there are not any proper fire burning receptacles nor barbeque pits in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, open fires are still dangerous and prohibited in a City of Saskatoon open space area such as the afforestation area.

Here is a Photo album online of the grass fire aftermath.
7990 – Fire and Protective Services Bylaw – City of Saskatoon

Fire pits. Rules and Regulations. City of Saskatoon

Rural Municipality of Corman Park Alerts


RM of Corman Park declares fire ban
Multiple fires have broken out in area around Saskatoon

CBC News Posted: Apr 15, 2016 5:55 PM CT Last Updated: Apr 16, 2016 7:51 AM CT

Lack of ‘April showers’ calls for fire ban in Corman Park
Carly-Robinson-Sept-2015 By Carly Robinson G
lobal News. April 17, 2016

Rural Municipality of Corman Park Fire Bans

Please be careful it does  not take long for a fire to become a raging inferno such as the latest tragedy at Fort McMurray, Alberta.  There are no fire pits at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, south west 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
Twitter: StBarbeBaker