Actions Speak Louder Than Words

2018 is the year of the Dog the characteristic word this year is ACTION!
(Feb. 16, 2018 – Feb. 04, 2019)

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. Bradley Whitford

Active Dog
Active Dog

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. Joel A. Barker

Active Dog
Active Dog

The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community. Jeff Bridges

Active Dog
Active Dog

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. — Thomas Jefferson

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
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition or make a donation to SOS Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area 😉

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“Everything I know I learned from dogs.”

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

 

Year of the Dog
(Feb. 16, 2018 – Feb. 04, 2019)

Banjinbiao, a Chinese greyhound
Banjinbiao, a Chinese greyhound

A dog wags it’s tail with it’s heart.

Martin Buxbaum

Cangshuiqiu, a Chinese greyhound
Cangshuiqiu, a Chinese greyhound

There is only one smartest dog in the world, and every boy has it.

Anonymous.

Cangni a Tibetan Mastiff
Cangni a Tibetan Mastiff

The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.

Konrad Lorenz.

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
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition or make a donation to SOS Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area 😉

Happy New Year!!

Year of the Dog
Happy New Year
(Feb. 16, 2018 – Feb. 04, 2019)

Cangshuiqiu a Chinese greyhound

To be followed home by a stray dog is a sign of impending wealth.

Chinese Dog Proverbs

Today the New Year (a Dog Year) dawns credit Fanghong CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated
Today the New Year (a Dog Year) dawns credit Fanghong CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated

He that has not bread to spare should not keep a dog.
(Chinese Proverb)

Fine Hounds Tawny-Yellow Leopard
Fine Hounds Tawny-Yellow Leopard

Better to be a dog in peacetime that a man in wartime.
(Chinese Proverb)

Shanxing Wolf a Chinese greyhound
Shanxing Wolf a Chinese greyhound

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
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition or make a donation to SOS Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area 😉

Happiness is ….

Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Shultz

Happy Valentine's Day!

“One way to get the most out of life, is to look upon it as an Adventure”

– William FeatherHappy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!
“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.”
– K. Friedman

“Quand je lis un livre, j’y mets toute mon imagination, de sorte qu’en ce sens la lecture ressemble un peu à l’écriture; ou plutôt c’est comme si je vivais ce que je lisais”
― Dodie Smith

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: ***

 

“Man must resuscitate his planet with trees, his heart with faith”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

 

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

Extreme Cold Weather and Your Pet

Winter and Your Pet

Protect your dog in the severe cold winter weather warnings.
Protect your dog in the severe cold winter weather warnings.

Cold weather provides its own set of challenges and opportunities.

Remember both ice and frozen water pose a hazard for you and your pets. If you put “Booties” on your dog, remember they have no nails to gain purchase if the ice breaks, and they fall into the water. The South Saskatchewan River is swiftly flowing under the ice, and can take your pet away quickly.  The river is not the only hazard, any slough or wetlands area, also pose risks to your pet. If your pet is lucky and gains traction on the ice, and can pull themselves out of the water, they risk hypothermia, or a pulled muscle.  It is best to monitor where your dog is outdoors, and keep them away from frozen ice and shorelines.

Carbon monoxide from vehicles stays low in the air. Take care to place your pet on leash in parking lots and  roadways, to ensure their safety outdoors so they are kept away from poisonous fumes.

Protect your dog in the severe cold winter weather warnings.
Protect your dog in the severe cold winter weather warnings.

Before you take your pet out for an off leash walk when the windchill is -30 or below, make sure you have acclimatized them to the weather with regular daily walks, so their fur growth will protect them. Those indoor puppies, dogs with less cold tolerance may appreciate a sweater and / or a dog jacket for those outdoor trips to “do business”.

It is at this time of the year when your dog’s paws are very sensitive to the snow build up between the pads and toes of their paws. If the snow is fresh “snowman” making snow and clumps easily, your dog will love you if you get them used to wearing booties. For very cold weather, booties will also prevent ice, frozen snow or salt from cutting their paws and pads. If your dog stops moving on the walk, check their paws for ice and snow build up; remove your own mittens, and hold their paw in your hand to melt the ice pack build up.

Protect your dog in the severe cold winter weather warnings.
Protect your dog in the severe cold winter weather warnings.

If your dog shows signs of being too cold on a walk, sit or lie down with them so they can warm from your body heat. Or when you get home place warm water [not scalding hot water] in a large plastic water bottle similar to a 2 litre pop bottle. Wrap two bottles in a towel, and cuddle your dog beside them in their indoor kennel. Cover your pooch with a warm blanket.

For pets which are considered to have enough fur to be left outdoors, provide the right sized insulated kennel. Heaters and light bulbs could be used for warmth, installed into the kennel wisely so they don’t cause burns to your dog. Under the cushion bedding and rug placed on the kennel floor, buy a roll of “Reflective Foil Double Bubble Foil Insulation‎.” This insulation shield can even be stapled into place, and your outdoor dog will love you. This will provide an amazing “R” value, and reflects your dogs heat back to their body. Outdoor pets will also require water, which will also need to be heated as an outdoor dog, will not get enough fluids from snow or licking ice. Additionally, an outdoor dog will require extra good quality food during the winter months to keep them healthy. When the weather news reports bring in severe cold weather warnings, it may indeed, be time for your outside dog, to receive extra loving attention, and be brought indoors for protection.

Protect your dog in the severe cold winter weather warnings.
Protect your dog in the severe cold winter weather warnings.

Just as humans can get frost bite, so can your pet. Know the signs and symptoms of hypothermia. Especially susceptible to frost bite are dog breeds with upright ears. Tails and paws are the next smallest areas of the body in which ice crystals may form causing frostbite. Take care that these delicate small areas of your pet do not get frostbite which can be very painful to your pet. If your pet does get frostbite, take them into the vet immediately for proper care, the right method of thawing out, and first aid. By the same token, smaller breeds of dogs, elderly, sickly dogs or young puppies are much more sensitive to the cold than a large heavily muscled dog.

Monitor their behaviour outdoors. Even though they may have booties to protect their paws from injury and frostbite, and be decked out in sweater and jacket, it is very hard to wrap a scarf around a dog to protect their respiratory tract.  Your dog will love you if you take precautions, and you should never have to confess that you did not know the hazards of severe and extreme cold weather and how it affects your pet.

Take care, and have fun out there!

“I pray this winter be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.”–John Geddes

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)”.  Post to MVA 402 Third Avenue South Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5  Please and thank you!
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition or make a donation to SOS Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area  😉

 

Christmas in the Forest

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

~ Norman Vincent Peale

“May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!”

~ Unknown

 

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)”.  Post to MVA 402 Third Avenue South Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5  Please and thank you!
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
Please contemplate joining the SOS Elms coalition or make a donation to SOS Elms ~ leave a message to support the afforestation area  😉