Trees are sanctuaries

For a virtual arbor week, lets us take time to consider a good book which we recommend!  Can there be a good tree book?

The best tree book for identification of trees is Trees in Canada by John Laird Farrar.  This is like David Allen Sibley or Roger Tory Peterson Field Guides to learning about birds.  What Sibley and Peterson provide for learning about birds, Farrar takes to the tree level.

A great book to learn about enjoying trees is “My Life My Trees” by Richard St. Barbe Baker. This is just one of the many books in which Baker extolls the wonders of trees.  St. Barbe tells us of his woodland rebirth, when he “had entered the temple of the woods” and became absolutely captivated with trees for the rest of his life journey.

A book, in turn, about Richard St. Barbe Baker is Man of the Trees, Richard St. Barbe Baker, The First Global Conservationist by Paul Hanley, forward by HRH The Prince of Wales, and introduction by Jane Goodall.

The Saskatoon Tree Tour booklet produced by SOS Elms Coalition tells of the great trees in and around Saskatoon and introduces the work of the newly re-named SOS Trees Coalition.

Horticulturist Sara Williams, inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame, co-authored Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens and Williams has written Best Trees and Shrubs for the Prairies; Creating the Prairie Xeriscape and Gardening Naturally.

There is also the 2020 Green Vision Booklet put out by the newly created non profit charity, Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc., to support Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park here in Saskatoon.

And when capturing the essence of trees, there is also the famous poem about trees by Joyce Kilmer.

To help celebrate Arbor Week and Arbor Day May 22, please consider supporting the Green Vision to protect the forest to support these healthy recreation and natural greenspaces.  Thanks

Trees

     I think that I shall never see
     A poem lovely as a tree.

     A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
     Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

     A tree that looks at God all day,
     And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

     A tree that may in Summer wear
     A nest of robins in her hair;

     Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
     Who intimately lives with rain.

     Poems are made by fools like me,
     But only God can make a tree.~by Joyce Kilmer

If you have another great tree book which has been inadvertently missed from this short list, please comment, as it would be great to read yet another fantastic book about trees!

To top it all off for today, there is another Free Arbor Week Coloring Page pdf for download!

“Besides water, trees provide pure air. They are the great filtering machines for the human organism. They improve and transform the air in a way which is most favorable and most acceptable to the lungs of man.”…. “According to ancient mythology, trees were the first living things on earth. This is borne out by scientific reasoning which shows that it is through them that the air we breathe can give life to humanity. Through countless ages trees have been drawing carbonic acid gas from the atmosphere, absorbing and incorporating the carbon, assimilating it; then when they die, bequeathing to soil their carboniferous remains. The consequence has been that eventually the atmospheric oxygen was left sufficiently pure for the requirements of birds and mammals which have replaced the flying reptiles and monstrous amphibians that were able to endure the heavy air of primeval swamps and jungles.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker– from Trees and Life Selected writings of Richard St. Barbe Baker

Related articles:

Read a Book You Care About

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Books by Richard St. Barbe Baker

2020 Green Vision Booklet

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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
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“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
Chinese proverb

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life….

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

Herman Hesse

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ― Martin Luther 

Magic in this forest

As written earlier, Arbor Week is here!  Friday May 22, 2020 the very first Arbor Day in the Province of Saskatchewan, and Sunday May 17 to Sunday May 24 are officially Arbor Week.  As part of the Arbor Week Celebrations, enjoy this virtual tour, and a quotation by Richard St. Barbe Baker.

In addition, enjoy another free coloring page to enjoy! (Preview) Did you know that Richard St. Barbe Baker, founder of the International Tree Foundation, was also the first honourary member of the World Wildlife Fund?

“Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

What is the value of a fox in the woods?  What about the woods value to the fox?  Have  you heard the documentary about when the wolves were re-introduced in Yellowstone National Park, and how the wolf restored the eco-system?

“A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The athshean word for world is also the word for forest.”   Ursula K. Le Guin

What is the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc Green Vision?  What do you think of it?

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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

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“When you are part of a conflict and don’t control the situation, think of a fox running around in a forest, looking for accidental prey. The fox if very dependent on the circumstances that surround it. Objectively observing a situation is more like a bird flying above the forest. The bird not only sees the fox, but also other possibilities.” Zett Why

“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 nation 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.

“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery

we can turn things around

April 30

Did you think it was easy being green for Earth Month?  Can you continue with climate action for all of 2020?  Besides being the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, 2020 is also United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.  This proclamation was made for “raising awareness of the value of biodiversity amongst the general public, and developing a broad consensus across society for the actions needed by individuals and communities.”UN Decade Biodiversity  “The Strategic Plan was created by the United Nations. Its mission is to “take effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity in order to ensure that by 2020 ecosystems are resilient and continue to provide essential services, thereby securing the planet’s variety of life, and contributing to human well-being, and poverty eradication.” UN Strategic Plan for Biodiversity

Take action for biodiversity locally.  For a second activity today; how  many smaller words or anagrams can be made from biodiversity?

The 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill became the driver for change, and provided the impetus for founding Earth Day in 1970.   80,000 to 100,000 barrels (13,000 to 16,000 m3) of crude oil spilled into the Santa Barbara Channel. Following this, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were passed.

Across Canada, “in a single decade, federal and provincial governments established ministries or departments of the environment, environmental protection Acts and environmental assessment legislation….the intergovernmental Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) began to define a national list of species at risk. ” Canadian Encyclopedia  The Canadian Nature Federation grew out of the Audubon Society of Canada.Canadian Encyclopedia   “Recognizing the need for better environmental management, the federal government passed the Canada Water Act in 1970 and created the Department of the Environment in 1971, entrusting the Inland Waters Directorate with providing national leadership for freshwater management.”Environment and Climate Change

The Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, the City of Saskatoon’s tree nurseries, were planted in 1972-1973 as part of the Green Survival Campaign in the war against ecology abuse the afforestation area exhibits an important interchange of human values, over a span of time on developments in town-planning, and architectural landscape design program aimed at improving the future environment of the city;

George Genereux Urban Regional Park and Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area are the only places of their kind which have survived to this day from the original Green Survival afforestation project.  They are afforestation areas ‘preserved in perpetuity’ based on the Green Survival Strategy which are excellent examples of the horticulture phase in the history of Saskatoon, and North America.

Take action for biodiversity at the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas.

The Green Survival Program ’Green Survival’ was an award-winning program for improving the environment, more beauty to see, and conservation of land from erosion with plantings of trees and shrubs in the fight against environmental deterioration and focusses attention on the important role that plant life plays in a healthful environment.

Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. Bill Gates

Kathy Cronkite of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix wrote the “Green Survival War against ecology abuse.  This concrete and asphalt jungle, filthy air and cold, stark, angular outlines devoid of greenery, are the characteristics of the modern metropolis.  But man is instinctively against this type of life and often retreats to the country to enjoy fresh, clean air and green landscape as far as the eyes can see.  …Saskatoon’s parks and recreation board has preserved the areas of Beaver Creek and Cranberry Flats and the rifle range as open space to be enjoyed by Saskatoonians in pursuit of passive recreation such as picnics.  It [parks and rec] has also ventured into a massive project of planting 200,000 trees for local parks, on 600 acres of land south of Diefenbaker Park and south of the CNR station [Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area].

The Green Survival Campaign spread across North America in 1972 and 1973.  “A ‘Survival’ Message Green Survival has a message.  It is simply that “each individual can have a positive, meaningful effect on the quality of life by planting trees and other living plants.” The appeal of this simple message has spread across the nation, and beyond, to Canada, England, Holland and Germany.

“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.” — Jay Inslee

‘Green Survival’ Time.  In France and in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec Province they say, “L’air pur… par la verdure.” In Germany they say, “Grun ist leben.” In some half-dozen countries, they express the message in their own language and here, all across the United States, it is said this way: “Green Survival. It’s something you do.” The term “Green Survival” is being seen in relation to almost any of nature’s growing gifts of plants and trees and shrubs. While communities have adopted programs to receive national recognition as ‘Green Survival Cities.’

“Green Survival  …the battle tends to center around water and air pollution,” said Mr. Kay. “One of the most important parts of our environment has been largely overlooked – the land itself. And it is here that the individual can serve a profound role in improving the world around us.” According to the Green Survival publication, steady progress is being made toward more abundant use of plant material in urban renewal, and toward providing more open space in the center cities of America. It reports that shopping malls are “Including landscaping in their designs and highway planting is becoming more and more apparent. Industry, too, has come to grips with the necessity of pleasing surroundings -both for employee satisfaction and neighborhood good-will, the booklet states. Copies of “Green Survival and the Environmental Crisis”, explaining the role of plant material and the individual in environmental quality …Joining in an all-out national campaign to stimulate individual action in the fight against environmental deterioration” (Free Press, 1970)

Today is Thursday April 30, and celebrating Earth Month. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

 

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” — Albert Einstein

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For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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

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 “While the problem can sometimes seem overwhelming, we can turn things around — but we must move beyond climate talk to climate action.” — Ted Turner

“Preparing for climate change has to be a national priority backed by tens of billions in federal investment. Lives are on the line.” — Bill de Blasio

“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

Sing your song

ARBOR DAY APRIL 24

Sir George William Ross adapted the Arbor Day Manual with tree planting songs for school children.  The classroom curriculum from Patriot Recitations and Arbor Day Exercises adopted poems for the children to recite for each tree species chosen to be planted on Arbor Day.  Try to cultivate Joy and Wonder.  For instance, the pupil for his recitation may say;” I love the pine.  tt stands up so straight and tall, that it looks like a king among trees.  I have two verses to the pine by James Russell Lowell:

“‘Thou alone know’se the splendor of winter
‘Mid thy snow-silvered, hushed precipices,
Hearing crags of green ice grown and splinter,
And then plunge down the muffled abysses,
In the Quiet of midnight.

“‘Thou above know’st the glory of summer,
Gazing down on thy broad seas of forest;
On thy subjects that send a proud murmur
Up to thee, to their sachem, who towerest
From they bleak throne to heaven.'”

Richard St. Barbe Baker wrote tree songs for tree planting ceremonies.

Tree Planting Song
Tree Planting Song

If you were to write a tree planting song, what would you say?  As you plant your tree, sing  your song, and post it online!  Show how you take climate action!  Trees are carbon sinks.

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April 21-27 is Earth Week!  Friday,  April 24, and coming to the close of Earth Month. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

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For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
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
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“By the time we see that climate change is really bad, your ability to fix it is extremely limited… The carbon gets up there, but the heating effect is delayed. And then the effect of that heat on the species and ecosystem is delayed. That means that even when you turn virtuous, things are actually going to get worse for quite a while.”~Bill Gates.

Kind of like the COVID-19 coronavirus, by the time COVID-19 gets really bad, then the ability to fix it is extremely limited.

“If we’re concerned about climate change as a country, we should have policies that make sure our great-grandchildren have a planet that’s healthy and strong.”~Cory Booker

“We really need to kick the carbon habit and stop making our energy from burning things. Climate change is also really important. You can wreck one rainforest then move, drain one area of resources and move onto another, but climate change is global.”~David Attenborough

 

Read a book you care about

WORLD BOOK DAY

APRIL 23

Yesterday was the 50th birthday of Earth Day, and today, how can you take action on Climate Change for Earth Month?  Reading books, is a wonderful way to self-isolate, and protect yourself from COVID-19 the Coronavirus, and take action on Climate Change at the same time.  Delve into some great books on climate change such as; How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal, Eleven 11 billion people will share this planet by century’s end by Paul Hanley, Man of the Trees. Richard St. Barbe Baker, the First Global Conservationist by Paul Hanley, Just Cool It!: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington, or Islands of Grass by  Trevor Herriot and illustrated by Branimir Gjetvaj.

Once you read some of these and other excellent books on climate change, set down and write a poem, story or book yourself!

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” – Louis L’Amour

Trees

     I think that I shall never see
     A poem lovely as a tree.

     A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
     Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

     A tree that looks at God all day,
     And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

     A tree that may in Summer wear
     A nest of robins in her hair;

     Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
     Who intimately lives with rain.

     Poems are made by fools like me,
     But only God can make a tree.~by Joyce Kilmer

“The aim of Nature-Study, as thus laid down, is not primarily the acquisition of the facts of natural history: it is rather a training in methods of open-eyed, close, and accurate observation, especially of familiar animals and plants, which shall teach the student to see what he looks at, and to think about what he sees.”  Did you know, that when it comes to accurately observing, that “Winter offers the best opportunity for the study of tree forms. Our common elm shows at least five different patterns.”  Find out more about the shapes of the common elm in the online book Trees Worth Knowing by Julia Ellen Rogers.  Or perhaps when you are in the afforestation areas you would like to peruse which spruce trees are which, and delve into the Manual of the Trees of North America.

If you have time after reading these books, set down and read a book or two written by Richard St. Barbe Baker.

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz

April 21-27 is Earth Week!  Today is Thursday,  April 23, the day following Earth Day and we are still  honouring and paying homage to Earth Month. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

“The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.” Albert Einstein

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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 SW 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
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Try to leave the earth a better place than when you arrived. – Sidney Sheldon

We are running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe. – Elon Musk

conserve and sustain our planet

WORLD ART DAY APRIL 15, 2020

There are amazing ways to create art.  Songs and  music may commemorate nature.  Poetry may ring out the praises of the environment.  Photography, scientific illustrations and drawings may also be artistic.  Henry David Thoreau, and Richard St. Barbe Baker among many others wrote about nature, and trees.  There are many ways of communicating adaptation to climate change: the art and science of public engagement when climate change comes home.  Which way is the most appealing?  Why? Which makes the most impact?  Climate Change Art Helps People Connect With A Challenging Topic. The enormity of climate change, and how it affects the earth can be overwhelming, and stressful.   Art is one personal method of taking action, of making a difference.

“I hope my paintings will always inspire people to become a part of nature rather than a force that manipulates and destroys it. I hope my work will be seen as an important voice in the environmental awakening of the last 50 years that is aiming to conserve and sustain our planet.”~Clyde Aspevig

Today is Wednesday April 15, and it is time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, and to bring awareness to Earth Month- the month of April. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Canada Helps

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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
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“The environment becomes inspiration. My response to it becomes idea. And idea becomes purpose and action through interpretation and painting. “~Gerald Brommer

“It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment because you have an environment around you all the time. Any living organism has an environment. “~Carl Andre

Everyone, everywhere is inextricably linked

“Wetlands as the ‘kidneys’ of the earth are the site or ‘organ’ where the life-giving vitality of water is generated and stored.  Both are places of the life-giving flow of water, not of foul stagnancy.  In Chines cosmology and medicine the liver is associated with wood, and ‘in wood the sap must flow’ or else the tree will die just as in the body of the earth water must flow or the earth will die” is related by Rod Giblett.

Grasslands ‘account for between 20-20% of the world’s land area’.  Skin is the ‘human body’s largest organ’ accounting for 16% of a body’s weight.

The trees ‘are often recognized as the ‘lungs of the world’ because they exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the atmosphere’.

The eco-system is inter-twined.  “When the trees go, the rain goes, the climate deteriorates, the water table sinks, the land erodes and desert conditions soon appear”.~Richard St. Barbe Baker

“Of the earth’s thirty billion acres, already nine billion acres are desert. And if a man loses a third of his skin, he dies; plastic surgeons say “He’s had it.” And if a tree loses one-third of its bark, it dies. And if the earth loses one-third of its green mantle of trees, it will die. The water table will sink beyond recall and life on this planet will become impossible. It’s being skinned alive today. . .” Richard St. Barbe Baker

Medicine Wheel, all is interconnected. Wanuskewin balance and harmony four elements, fire, earth, air and water, are taught through the 6 directions of the medicine wheel. South Great Grand Spirit Thunderbird, Okimaw Piyisiw rain, water East, the sun, Kisikaw Pisim, warmth and light, West Grandfather wind, Kisinipaw Otin, providing the four seasons, North is Kisinipaw Pawkaw Mostos, the Spirit of the Buffalo. The Sacred, the Great Spirit, Kici-Manitou is White above and Mother Earth, Mamawow Nakwaimo Aski, is Green below.

Today is Saturday April 11, and 11 days from Earth Day April 22. This year’s Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action.  Chemicals, and polluted lands affect our earth and vegetation growth.  Everything in the soil, affects the food we eat, as the roots dig deep into the soil for sustenance.  Pollution in the water contaminates our drinking water, the drinking water for all wildlife, fish and waterfowl.  The plants and vegetation also draw up the water from the water table.  Air pollution affects not only  our lungs, but the respiratory system of plants and animals.  The human actions affect the earth in so many ways.  The industrial revolution has impacted everything, and society has changed to a throw away culture.  No longer do we mend, repair, fix and re-use as our ancestors did.  During the COVID-19 epidemic if you were self-isolating for 14 days or longer, it was a time of not running to the store every time you were short of something.  Remember to refuse – don’t buy and buy and buy, consider if it is needed.  Then only buy the items with the least packaging and packaging which can be recycled. Find a used appliance dealer, second hand clothing store, for items you no longer need.  Always re-cycle, let someone else use your gently used item.   Reduce all your energy devices which are using carbon fuels, use renewable energy, energy saving devices.  Go back in time, and hang your clothing on the clothes line rather than using the dryer.  Try active transportation rather than using a vehicle.  Active transportation can be bicycles, walking, skiing, skateboarding, or any other human powered means of locomotion.

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Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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
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“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” — Sylvia Earle

“All things share the same breath — the beast, the tree, the man. The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.” — Chief Seattle

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

What supports biodiversity?

April 1 marks the inaugural day of

Heart suit

#EarthMonth!  Earth Day began 1/2 century ago on April 22, 1970.  This year #EarthDay is 50 years old!  What a tremendous accomplishment.   This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The National Tree Foundation is providing forest facts all month long.  Their first forest fact is; “Tree planting improves wildlife habitat connectivity and supports biodiversity.”
Richard St. Barbe Baker taught those who would become forest scouts to” protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

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For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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
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“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“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 nation 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.

“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

Flags of Nature

 

International Forests Day, March 21, was adopted by the United Nations to raise “awareness at all levels in order to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and trees outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations…[regarding] Forests and Sustainable Cities…Forests and trees store carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change in and around urban areas.” Source

A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The athshean word for world is also the word for forest.

Ursula K. Le Guin

World Forestry Day, March 21, was inaugurated 1971 at the 23rd General Assembly of European Confederation of Agriculture, “to increase the public awareness among communities about the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle on the earth…. Loss of the forests enhances the loss of inhabitant animal species to the forest. Deforestation imbalances the balance of natural climate which lead to the global warming by increasing the CO2 and decreasing the O2 percentage all across the world.”

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Trees have a way of bringing people together to celebrate a shared heritage. With over 80% of Canadians living in cities and towns, our urban forests are vital to our quality of life, and this recognition will go a long way toward ensuring that they continue to be planted and cared for in urban locations… For every person who stops and thinks about how they can help grow and maintain trees, Canada becomes a cleaner, better country.Cision Canada

in 1922, Richard St. Barbe Baker began the International Tree Foundation with Forest Guides, or Forest Scouts, called the Watu wa Miti, or Men of the Trees who… “promised before N’gai, the High God, that they would protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere.”

“The forests are the flags of nature. They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings. Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten. It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.”
― Enos Abijah Mills

 

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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

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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

You Tube George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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!

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“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“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 nation 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.

“I believe in the Oneness of Mankind and all living things and the interdependence of each and all.” Richard St. Barbe Baker

The trees and vegetation, whic cover the land surface of the Earth and delight the eye, are performing vital tasks incumben upon the vegetable world in nature. Its presence is essential to earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life; it it the ‘skin’ of the earth, for wihtour it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.~Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

Awesome People, Awesome Places

March 10 International Day of Awesomeness

There are three afforestation namesakes to consider for today, on the International Day of Awesomeness.

Awesome people have awesome attitudes and do things awesomely. If you want to build and maintain an awesome attitude, get into the habit of living in the present and doing it now. source

Richard St. Barbe Baker was a truly awesome conservationist, and forester.  He did amazing work worldwide by encouraging afforestation and reforestation projects.  In this era of climate change, this is a momentous undertaking to be responsible for billions of trees planted around the world.

George Genereux was an awesome author, illustrator, radiologist, Olympic Gold Medalist, and the youngest to win the Canadian Lou Marsh trophy.

Benjamin Chappell was an awesome CNR Saskatchewan district superintendent, and was very active in the community being also on the board of the Exhibition.  He was beloved and respected for his role in the community and the largest farewell dinner ever in Saskatoon was held when he was transferred to British Columbia.

To celebrate International Day of Awesomeness, come out to the awesome afforestation areas after the Coronavirus outbreak has passed.  Take time to nurture yourself in nature, unwind, and enjoy the eco-system when  you celebrate that the Coronavirus outbreak has subsided.  In the meantime, stay well and healthy and follow protocols set by City of SaskatoonSaskatchewan Health and Health Canada in regards to the Coronavirus.  Best wishes to you all.

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

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

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′
Addresses:
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SW 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

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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Twitter: StBarbeBaker

You Tube Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

You Tube George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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!

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“You can gauge a country’s wealth, its real wealth, by its tree cover…A country’s very poor that doesn’t have trees.” ~Richard St. Barbe  Baker