True Heroes of the Afforestation Area

What are you doing this April 22, Earth Day?

In life there is a continuous succession of first impressions and adventures.

Why do we smile when a child puts on a man’s hat? The usual reply to such questions is, that laughter results from a perception of incongruity.

It is truly incongruous indeed that the afforestation area is besought with illegal trespass, however this is no laughing matter. No chuckle comes forward, only dismay, bewilderment, and nay even disgust that a forest should receive the dumping of trash, and environmental polluting.

However, to the rescue comes the RM of Corman Park 344 establishing posts, locks and chains to mitigate illegal trespass to the southern perimeter. Adjoining the RM are the Fat bike fatlanders brigade with their own volunteer labour securing the east side of the afforestation area near the Civic Operations Centre (City of Saskatoon bus barns) with a bollards, gate and “gently used” Jersey Barriers. The City of Saskatoon joins the ranks with their attention to the stakeholder’s interests, the additional “gently used” Jersey Barriers, the existing no dumping/no trespassing signs and the orange vehicle barriers.

This is not the least, the Saskatoon City Police, Warman RCMP force and the Corman Park Police Service have all offered support services to the citizen stakeholders. The Saskatoon Fire Department efficiently contained the grass fire of 2016, a great relief before it became a forest fire.  Everyone is doing the best that they possibly can.

Additionally Saskatoon groups, individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests have rallied to support the “strategic goal of quality of life” and the “strategic goal of environmental leadership” at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in so many ways.  It is with great appreciation the volunteers offering their time at the community and Meewasin & Affinity Credit Union Clean-Up Campaign clean ups , the citizen neighbourhood watch stewards, the donations in kind in support of the clean up, and the financial donations which have been received towards the Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Trust Fund

So, “What are you doing this Earth day, April 22?”, is asked again. Hopefully it is getting out in nature, enjoying the fresh air, celebrating our amazing world, and reveling in the joy that so many residents in the city of Saskatoon embrace the Richard St. Barbe Baker afforestation area. It is an area large enough to embrace the ideals summarized as a “strategic goal of quality of life” and the “strategic goal of environmental leadership.”

Come out this spring, and celebrate the work done by diverse groups and residents in this afforestation area preserved in perpetuity! Look forward to seeing you, indeed. It is great to see so many different expressions to respect this semi-wilderness habitat corridor nestled in the West Swale wetlands.  For it is  joy seeing the coming forward  of the  City of Saskatoon citizens in regards to the afforestation area.  The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is held in the hearts of so many, and it may  truly and well be preserved for many generations to come.  Don’t you agree that in this there is, indeed, laughter and celebration for Earth Day!

“How much lies in laughter: the cipher key, wherewith we decipher the whole man!” wrote Carlyle.

Thank you!

PRAYER FOR THE TREES
We thank Thee God! for thy Trees,
Thou comest very near to us through thy Trees.
From them we have beauty, wisdom, love,
The air we breathe, the water we drink,
the food we eat and the strength.

Help us, Oh God!
to give our best to life
and leave the world
a little more beautiful and worthy
of having lived in it.

Prosper thou our planting
and establish thy kingdom of love
and understanding on the Earth.

~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
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map

Off Leash Dog Park Valley Road Saskatoon!
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
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!
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1917 Scarborough’s Map

I must be just to the Earth beneath my feet,

1917 Scarborough's Map with Old Bone Trail or Goose Lake Trail overlay on top1917 Scarborough’s Map showing Rural Municipality Numbers as of 1917, and sections on a township range map. Historic railways are noted upon the map, not highways. Overlayed on top of the map is the Old Bone Trail, or Goose Lake Trail as set out by C. Howard Shillington in his book “Historic Land Trails of Saskatchewan. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area on parts of S 22 and 23 township 36 range 6 west of the third meridian was nestled amid railway sidings and before the era of rails, the afforestation area was traversed by freighters on the Old Bone Trail carrying a load of bones to Saskatoon for further shipping northward bound to Minnesota. In the early 1900s the traffic on the Old Bone Trail reversed, and the early immigrant pioneers carried wagonloads of settler effects to their homestead claims. The settlements along the old Bone Trail between Rosetown and Saskatoon are those that are now recognized on Saskatchewan Highway 7, as the railway ran parallel to the trail, and the highway parallel to the railway once it was straightened circa 1960. Attached is a map from 1917.

To follow up on the original “Old Bone Trail” article written at 1917 “Scarboroughs New Map of Saskatchewan” Date accessed October 20, 2016 Date accessed October 20, 2016 Online Historical Map Digitization Project. 2005.

To follow up on the original <https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/old-bone-trail/"Old Bone Trail article written at Old Bone Trail

“Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages.”
~W.H. Auden, “September 1, 1939”
Introduction Barlow, Maude. Blue Future Protecting water for People and the Planet Forever.Hose of Ananasi Press Inc. 2013. Toronto, ON ISBN 978-1-77089-406-8 (bound)978-1-77089-407-5 (html)

“We must preserve what is of value to us even as we prepare to meet the high-technology demands of the twenty -first century. Rural life is a part of our poast and our future. It must be safeguarded by government.”
Barlow, Maude. Parcel of Rogues. How Free Trade is Failing Canada. Key Porter Books Limited. Toronto, ON. 1990. ISBN 1-55013-254-7

“The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signed at the Earth Summit in Rio…
First the CBD was formed to preserve biodiversity nd to protect speices from extintion;…
Second, the CBD calls for the protection of Indigenous knowledge…
Third, the agreement contained provisions for an international Biosafety Protocol.”
See how these three rules of the convention are being undermined by the World Trade Organiztion WTO formed in 1995; Barlow, Maude and Tony Clarke. Global Showdown.How the New Activitists are Fighting Global Corporate Rule. Page 81. 2001 Stoddart Publishing Co. Limited. Toronto, ON. ISBN 0-7737-3264-0.

“I believe with Ruskin, that I must be just to the Earth beneath my feet, to the neighbour by my side and to the Light that comes from above and witin that this wonderful world of ours may be a little more beautiful and happy form my having lived in it. ” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker.

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