The launch event for the National Forest Week webinar and in-person event series is scheduled for Saturday September 18, and the excitement will continue until Sunday September 26. The goal is to promote discussion about trees and forests, and their multiple and essential benefits. The health of trees is being affected by climate change but trees are also a necessary solution in mitigating it. We aim to raise awareness about what trees and forests give us and what we need to do in return to protect and enhance trees and forests. Its our mission to continue bringing education and awareness for environmental protections, and nature based solutions to climate action. If you are interested in speaker or mentorship opportunities with the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. Contact us.
Let us know what you are doing for Canada’s very own National Forest Week in the province of Saskatchewan!
National Forest Week
Saturday September 18, 2021 to Sunday September 26, 2021 Maple Leaf Day September 22, 2021
So as we are making some exciting plans for National Forest Week, we would like to hear from you and your exciting adventures, and ways you are celebrating trees and forests in September. The theme for National Forest Week this year, 2021 is, “Our Forests – Continually Giving.”
Doesn’t that imagery just resonate with you? -Our Forests – Continually Giving-a delightful theme. National Forest Week hosted around Canada’s very own Maple Leaf Day is a time to explore the amazing benefits of trees and forests as they support biodiversity and ecosystems, mitigate flooding, raise the water table, absorb carbon dioxide, provide life-saving oxygen as well as providing amazing greenspace for recreation and healthy lifestyles. It’s a celebration to focus on forest heritage, culture, and history highlighting the importance of trees, their essential ecological services. It’s a time for residents to tell stories about their love of trees, and appreciation of forests and how very blessed we are.
The value of forests helps us take action for the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations such as good health and wellbeing, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action (forests are carbon sinks), life on land, peace justice and strong institutions, partnerships for the future we want.
Have you had a deep, meaningful holistic connection or experience with nature? Have you had the chance to explore and immerse yourself in the afforestation areas – Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area or George Genereux Urban Regional Park. These local forests are a great way to experience a mixed-woods boreal-like forest in a moist grasslands prairie eco-system without driving north past the tree-line.
Share how you are sharing your love of forests during National Forest Week, we would love to include your enthusiasm and plans in our calendar and let the world know how many forest guardians there are celebrating National Forest Week in September, 2021!
If you are a teacher or homeschooler we have been collecting some nature and forest curriculum based resources while developing our afforestation curriculum resources. How very exciting – so stay tuned!
We will let you in on a little secret about Saskatoon’s hidden treasures.
We are also proud to announce our planning for two 50th anniversaries. Whomever has heard of Richard St. Barbe Baker by some estimates the world’s first global conservationist, and very likely the world’s first climate change activist as well. Baker did amazing feats in the era before television and internet. Everyone knows David Suzuki and David Attenborough. Baker was a visionary ahead of his era, and has inspired the planting of over billions of trees during his lifetime, and later billions of trees were lanted by global organizations motivated and galvanized to action from Baker’s example.
We are also celebrating another 50th anniversary with the birthday for the afforestation areas in Saskatoon. This celebration is truly a way to focus our vision of living together on the land in the spirit of Witaskêwin, and highlight the rich geological, historical, natural, and cultural heritage of the areas to honour where we have been. Science, conservation, hands-on learning about the land, environment and sustainability ensure our future. Experience nature immersion at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park.
How can you be thankful to your community? Have you gone out of your way to profess a heartfelt thank you to someone who has made a difference in your community? What of the countless people who make the city safe, and beautiful? Have you extended a word of thanks to those who keep your parks area verdant and the heart of your community. The Urban Forestry Program, takes care of those trees which remove pollutants from our air, creating a wondrous city free of smog.
What is it that makes a good city excellent? Shops, entertainment, shelter are among some readily picked choices.
However, is not the public park, the place where childhood memories made? Just as a healthy frog serves as an indicator of a thriving environment, does not a good park serve as measure of a world class city?
What is the difference between a park and a parking lot? Well most people agree, that a good and blissful public park has lots of trees, wetlands, and fresh fragrant woodland and meadow air. A great park has safety, and provides a sanctuary to interact within the neighbourhood, and meet new people A perfect setting for a picnic, events, recreation, and general happiness and relaxation to everyone in the neighbourhood. A wide variety of cultural events embrace musicians, yoga groups, bicycle trips, bird watchers, the young and the old.
Perhaps you bring your kids to run and play! Or maybe your dogs need to sniff and get some mental exercise. Your camera might need to be taken out of the box and out for a leisurely walk. Perhaps your son or daughter has ADHD or is autistic, and what better sense of achievement that a stroll or bicycle ride down a forest path for physical health and mental healing? A teacher may use the path to teach their students about the environment. The public park is a place for fellowship, health and wellbeing for one and all where can everyone find a safe place in nature as Saskatoon grows to a booming population of one million!
However it works for you, be thankful for your park. Its not every city that has a healthy ecosystem embracing grasslands, woodlands and wetlands.
The long needles of the Scots Pine
Richard St. Barbe Baker spoke to his gratefulness, in his book My Life My Trees
“I wandered on as in a dream, all sense of time and space lost …
“I became intoxicated with the beauty all around me, immersed in the joyousness and exultation of feeling part of it all.
“I had entered the temple of the wood. I sank to the ground in a state of ecstasy; everything was intensely vivid – the call of a distant cuckoo seemed just for me …
“The overpowering beauty of it all entered my very being.
“At that moment my heart brimmed over with a sense of unspeakable thankfulness which has followed me through the years since that woodland re-birth …
“I was in love with life: I was indeed born again, although I could not have explained what had happened to me then.”
In regards to your financial donations to protect / enhance the afforestation areas, please contact the City of Saskatoon, Corporate Revenue Division, 222 3rd Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5 To support the afforestation area with your donation please state that your donation will support the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, or the George Genereux Urban Regional Park, or both afforestation areas. Please and thank you! Your donationis greatly appreciated.
Chaque fois que je fais les courses, je vote résolument “Oui aux aliments en vrac!” et “Oui aux produits biologiques!” Pour mes enfants, je rêve d’un avenir plus sain et sans déchet: je suis heureuse d’y investir mon argent chaque semaine.”
― Bea Johnson
“Has any one of us ever really seen a Tree? When we become aware of trees we may catch glimpses of them in moments of spiritual vision and, identifying ourselves with the trees, become conscious of the rising of the sap; the upward thrust of life; leaf burgeoning, their consciousness of the changing seasons; we may share their passionately boisterous exuberance of life in the height of a storm, and their tranquility when at rest; with them we will enjoy the glad murmur of the ripening seed clusters when after weeks of drought the steady warm rain brings relief to thirst; and we will know that these creatures, our elder brethern, are intimately related to us in their love and hunger for life. We may even catch their enthusiasm and aspire heavenwards while still rooted in our Mother Earth and in communion with our fellow men and, tree-wise, strive to make the Earth more fruitful again.” ~Richard St. Barbe Baker