Sustainability Day

The fourth Wednesday of October is Sustainability Day which means that this year, Wednesday October 28 is the day to think about how we as Canadian can be more sustainable in our strategies and in our actions. What does Sustainability mean to you?

Did you know Canada has 13 goals for a more sustainable Canada?

  1. Effective action on climate change
  2. Greening government
  3. Clean growth
  4. Modern and resilient infrastructure
  5. Clean energy
  6. Healthy coasts and oceans
  7. Pristine lakes and rivers
  8. Sustainably managed lands and forests
  9. Healthy wildlife populations
  10. Clean drinking water
  11. Sustainable food
  12. Connecting Canadians with nature
  13. Safe and healthy communities

How many of these goals for a more sustainable Canada can the citizens of Saskatoon take action on in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and in George Genereux Urban Regional Park?

Can you take effective action on climate change by walking, cycling, cross country skiing, engaging in environmental and outdoor education, or conducting scientific research in these Saskatoon Afforestation Areas? If you see anyone driving in the afforestation areas, please take the time to protect them from a bylaw infraction ticket, and encourage active transportation, which will go a long way to protect these urban regional parks. Driving vehicles into an urban regional park increases invasive species inside the greenspace.

Can you collect any trash seen so that we have pristine wetlands in the West Swale which is an amazing glacial spillway connecting the North and South Saskatchewan River Valleys. By collecting and helping to clean up trash in the afforestation areas you help the residents in the City of Saskatoon have access to clean drinking water. The City of Saskatoon is downstream from the afforestation areas, and the West Swale is a series of interconnected wetlands which are united by underground natural springs.

When you come out to appreciate Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park, and engage in nature watching and active transportation the City of Saskatoon thrives with the community getting outdoors celebrating an active lifestyle. It is amazing how safe and healthy communities celebrate the improved air quality, the remediation of trash sites, to improve their health and well-being.

Surely it is wonderful that Canada is taking action on the global Sustainable Development Goals! Canada in the world doing its part! The province of Saskatchewan has created a Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy. Saskatchewan in Canada is doing its part! And further to this it is exciting that Saskatoon is taking action on climate change! Saskatoon in Saskatchewan is doing its part! It is great that we have Greening Governments! Now we are are individual citizens in Saskatoon. What are we individually doing to take action on Climate Change? Can you say I, in Saskatoon, I am doing my part!

Did you know that sustainably managed lands and forests support biodiversity and provide a variety of ecosystem services for generations to come? We cannot take them for granted.”

The Government of Canada says this to achieve their goal of sustainability managed lands and forests;

  • actions related to forests and other ecosystems can provide natural solutions to climate change and protect communities from climate change impacts and extreme weather
  • healthy lands and forests provide habitat that species at risk need to recover and thrive as well as increasing the biodiversity of our agricultural working landscapes
  • national parks and other protected areas provide opportunities for Canadians to connect with nature and help build sustainable communities
  • management and conservation of wetlands can help protect drinking water supplies from contamination

To support Canada’s goal of clean growth, afforestation areas act as carbon sinks as Saskatoon grows and doubles in size. As the users and stakeholders of the afforestation areas appreciate, reducing waste goes a long way! Consider reusing, recycling, repairing, and composting to save the afforestation areas from illegal waste and trash dumping, and to invest in green growth.

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas along with many afforestation volunteers and community supporters have participated numerous times in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup supporting healthy coasts and oceans. These cleanups protecting our waters in the West Swale support healthy, resilient and productive ecosystems. We believe in monitoring, research, and the development of an amazing management approach. Our waterfowl species at risk depend on the West Swale wetlands such as those waters at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Conservation and protection of the West Swale wetlands protects our rivers and oceans. The West Swale drains into the South Saskatchewan River which in turn joins with the North Saskatchewan River becoming the Saskatchewan River emptying into Lake Winnipeg where the waters of the South Saskatchewan watershed flow into the Hudson Bay via the Nelson River. What we do here in the afforestation areas has a ripple effect downstream!

And it is truly remarkable how the afforestation areas as semi-wilderness habitats support healthy wildlife populations. When we maintain biodiversity by reporting all instances of poaching to Sk Environment’s TIP hotline, crimes are solved, solutions can be found, and ecological processes are allowed to evolve and adapt. Wildlife populations are already threatened from urban development, and pollution and the destruction of their habitat. Please help achieve Canada’s Sustainable Goal for healthy wildlife populations.

Best of all, Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park support Canada’s sustainable development strategy of connecting Canadian with nature. The goal is to increase the number of Canadians who visit greenspaces and connect with nature. It is great to continue and re-double efforts to increase participation in place-based nature programming, and to increase opportunities for urban residents to connect with nature exploration and learning activities. A great way to connect with nature is to take part in citizen science and take part in one of the afforestation eco-quests!

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Eco-Quest

George Genereux Urban Regional Park Eco-Quest

Spend time in nature by exploring the afforestation areas, Richard St. Barbe Baker park and George Genereux Urban Regional park, they are amazing greenspaces in your local city.

How many of Canada’s 13 goals to achieve a sustainable future can you take part in for a greener, healthier, more prosperous Canada? You can do it! You can explore and connect with nature in Saskatoon’s afforestation areas.

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
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
DRAFT 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′
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:
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map
Pinterest richardstbarbeb
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Twitter: StBarbeBaker 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, 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! Canada Helps
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“The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. ” Wangari Maathai.
“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 nations 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

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