A Milestone for Environmental Restoration: 5657 Pounds of Toxic Waste Removed

The Hidden Dangers of Toxic Waste:

How Removing Hazardous Waste Promotes Forest Health, Biodiversity, and a Safer Park Experience for City Residents

Introduction:

In a remarkable triumph for environmental conservation, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area recently witnessed the successful removal of a staggering 5657 pounds (2566 kilograms) of toxic and hazardous waste. This landmark initiative, undertaken by a dedicated environmentalists, marks a significant step forward in safeguarding the park’s natural beauty, preserving biodiversity, and ensuring a safer experience for park users.

The Hidden Dangers of Toxic Waste:

Urban parks are often havens of tranquility within bustling cities, offering respite from the concrete jungle and providing valuable ecosystems for plants and animals. However, these green spaces can also fall prey to the consequences of human activities, including the illegal dumping of toxic waste. Toxic chemicals and hazardous materials not only pose a direct threat to wildlife but also seep into the soil, contaminating water sources and adversely affecting plant life.

Environmental Restoration: Benefits for Forests and Biodiversity:

By removing the 5657 pounds of toxic waste from George Genereux Urban Regional Park, an immediate positive impact has been achieved for the surrounding forest ecosystem and its inhabitants. The removal of hazardous materials prevents their absorption into the soil and water, allowing trees, plants, and wildlife to flourish unhindered. This restoration effort provides an essential lifeline for the park’s delicate balance, helping to restore biodiversity and foster a healthier environment.

A Haven for Wildlife:

The removal of toxic waste from urban parks is particularly crucial for protecting wildlife. These areas serve as important habitats for a diverse range of species, from birds and small mammals to reptiles and insects. Toxic substances can poison animals directly or accumulate in the food chain, causing long-term damage and potentially endangering entire populations. By eliminating hazardous waste, the park becomes a safer sanctuary for its resident and migratory wildlife, ensuring their survival for generations to come. YouTube Before Video

Promoting Public Safety and Recreational Enjoyment:

The removal of toxic waste from George Genereux Urban Regional Park not only benefits the environment and wildlife but also enhances the safety and enjoyment of the park for its visitors. Hazardous materials present a significant risk to human health, especially when exposed through direct contact or inhalation. By eliminating these hazards, park users can enjoy their time outdoors without concerns about toxic exposure, fostering a sense of well-being and encouraging more people to embrace the park’s recreational opportunities.

In addition to the removal of toxic waste, it is worth noting that the existence of a protective fence surrounding George Genereux Urban Regional Park and Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area stands as a testament to the commitment of safeguarding these cherished natural spaces. The clean-up effort focused on addressing the garbage that had been concealed among the trees, undetected until early spring when it became apparent. The diligent efforts during the clean up ensured the prompt identification and removal of these hidden hazards. It is particularly reassuring that, thanks to these efforts, no new instances of dumping have occurred within either the George Genereux Urban Regional Park or the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. This achievement demonstrates the effectiveness of ongoing vigilance and environmental stewardship in preserving the integrity of these afforestation areas.

The Importance of Community Engagement:

The successful removal of toxic waste from George Genereux Urban Regional Park is a testament to the power of community engagement and environmental stewardship. Such initiatives require the collaboration of local residents, environmental organizations, and governmental bodies to ensure the protection and restoration of urban green spaces. This milestone achievement should inspire other communities to take action against environmental degradation and rally together to preserve the natural treasures within their cities.

Furthermore, in the effort to remove the toxic waste from George Genereux Urban Regional Park, the environmental team expresses immense gratitude for the invaluable support received from Meewasin’s Clean Up Campaign. The availability of designated bins and the provision of trash bags greatly facilitated the collection and disposal process. This partnership between the environmentalists and Meewasin highlights the significance of community collaborations in tackling environmental challenges and working towards a cleaner and healthier future for urban parks.

Conclusion:

The removal of 5657 pounds of toxic and hazardous waste from George Genereux Urban Regional Park and the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is a significant victory for environmental restoration and protection. By eliminating these harmful substances, the park’s forest ecosystems, biodiversity, and park users can thrive in a safer, healthier environment. This achievement stands as a testament to the power of collective action and underscores the importance of preserving urban regional parks as vital havens for nature and community well-being.

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
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
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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
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Richard St. Barbe Baker

A No-Brainer: The Benefits of Picking Up Your Dog’s Poop

Scooping your dog’s poop may not be the most glamorous part of being a dog owner, but it is an essential responsibility that comes with the territory. Not only is it respectful to other people using the park, but it also has significant environmental and health implications. In fact, not picking up your dog’s poop can lead to some pretty serious consequences that many people don’t even realize.

First and foremost, dog poop can attract wild animals. This is because the poop often contains food scraps that the animal is seeking, making it a potential food source. Additionally, the scent of dog poop can be appealing to animals that are curious or looking for water. This can be especially problematic in off-leash dog parks where wildlife and domesticated dogs can come into contact.

Rats are another critter that can be attracted to dog poop. If not disposed of properly, rodents may begin appearing in the area. This is a serious concern since rats are known carriers of various diseases that can harm both humans and animals.

The issue of dog poop can also have implications on the environment. When left unattended, dog waste can contribute to water pollution, as it contains harmful bacteria and nutrients that can contaminate local water sources impacting the city water – people and wildlife alike. The parks are located in the West Swale, a drainage basin emptying into the South Saskatchewan River.

Finally, dog poop can also spread diseases and parasites. For example, heartworms can be spread from dog to dog through feces. Dogs that suffer from Canine conspecific coprophagia, a condition where dogs eat their own feces or that of other dogs, are at a higher risk of developing intestinal parasites and diseases.

To sum it up, scooping your dog’s poop is crucial for maintaining the safety and cleanliness of off-leash dog parks. By doing your part and picking up after your furry friend, you’re helping to protect the environment, wildlife, and other dogs from potential harm. It’s considered good etiquette in any public space and is an essential part of being a responsible dog owner. So, next time you head out to the park with your pup, don’t forget to bring a few extra baggies and do your part to keep our communities clean and healthy.

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
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
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Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
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Make it your own
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“Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”
Richard St. Barbe Baker

Jax: A Rescue Dog’s Transformation

Jax was just another abandoned dog when she was first found at the Avalon Dog Park. She was timid and scared, with only a couple of basic commands in her vocabulary. But little did anyone know, this furry ball of fluff would soon blossom into a confident and loving companion, thanks to the patience and love of her new owners.

Jax’s new owners talked to her foster family. It was the foster family who gave her a bath and said there bathroom had never seen so much water- on the walls and ceiling. When Sarah, gave her a bath we knew what they went thru! Now she will go into the bathroom and sit by the shower if she wants a bath. Less stress for her and Sarah!

Jax the Rescue Dog, now enjoying the South West Off Leash Recreation Area
Jax the Rescue Dog, now enjoying the South West Off Leash Recreation Area

Despite Jax’s initial fear of water, her new owner, Sarah, was determined to help her overcome her fears and build trust. Sarah took things slow and introduced Jax to water gradually, always making sure she was comfortable and relaxed. Over time, Jax’s fear of water diminished, and she even began to place both paws on the bathtub, although she still wouldn’t jump in.

Sarah’s dedication and patience paid off, as Jax slowly became more and more confident in her new surroundings. She learned new commands and began to develop her own personality. Today, Jax is a happy and beloved member of Sarah’s family, who brings joy and laughter wherever she goes.

Jax’s story is a testament to the transformative power of love and patience. Despite her traumatic past, she was able to heal and blossom into a confident and affectionate companion. If you’re considering adding a dog to your family, remember that rescue dogs, like Jax, have just as much love to give as any other dog and often just need a little extra patience and understanding to reach their full potential.

Jax the Rescue Dog, now enjoying the South West Off Leash Recreation Area
Jax the Rescue Dog, now enjoying the South West Off Leash Recreation Area

So here’s to Jax, the rescue dog who went from being scared and alone, to a cherished member of a loving family. May her story inspire others to open their hearts and homes to dogs in need.

Next time you consider getting a pet follow in the footsteps of Sarah and Jax
New Hope Dog Rescue

306.270.5944
http://www.newhoperescue.org

Or The Saskatoon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SPCA

https://www.saskatoonspca.com/

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
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
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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 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!
Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
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Make it your own
Spread the word about the UN Decade
Let’s Bring Back Forests
Let’s Green Our Cities
“Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”
Richard St. Barbe Baker

Wetlands Teachings

The Sacredness of Water and Indigenous People’s Relationship with Nature

Water is a precious, sacred resource that is essential to life. To Indigenous Peoples, water is not just a liquid, but rather a living entity that is connected to physical, spiritual, and cultural aspects of life. This relationship is deeply embedded in the culture of Indigenous Peoples, with many of their stories and teachings centered around water.

The West Swale wetlands, specifically Chappell Marsh, are home to many Indigenous Peoples, who have had a long and deep relationship with this area and the water that flows through it. In the traditional stories of the Indigenous Peoples, water is a powerful force that holds great spiritual significance. It is a symbol of life and brings healing, protection, and renewal.

This connection between Indigenous Peoples and the sacredness of water has profound implications for the human dimensions of water issues. For Indigenous Peoples, water is a source of life, and its protection is essential to their survival. For non-Indigenous park space users, including tourists and local communities, the issue of water and its sustainability is also of great importance.

The West Swale wetlands are vital to the health and well-being of both Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous park space users. By understanding and respecting the sacredness of water and the importance of its preservation, we can ensure that these wetlands are protected for future generations.

Water is a source of life, and the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and water is one that should be respected and cherished. In honoring this connection, we can ensure that the West Swale wetlands remain a vibrant and healthy ecosystem for all who inhabit it.

Cultural and Environmental Heritage Prairie Forest Guide app editor and writer environmental guardian. The ideal candidate should have:

  • An advanced knowledge of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its application in afforestation areas
  • Experience creating and editing apps
  • Knowledge of dealing with invasive species, protecting species at risk, and using traditional and medicinal uses of plants
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, please send us your CV and a brief letter of interest outlining your experience and why you would be the perfect candidate for this role. Send to friendsafforestation@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Elm trees in the Snow showers on Saturday Nov 15 at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Elm trees in the Snow showers on Saturday Nov 15 at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

More Information is at KIJIJI on this position

More about this Contract position is posted at Sask Culture

This is STAGE ONE of the Call for Tender.

Please email friendsafforestation@gmail.com for clarification or for further details

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
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
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
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Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
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Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map
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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 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!
Donations can be made through Paypal, Canada Helps, Contact Donate A Car Canada, SARCAN Drop & Go 106100594 for the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Use the UN Decade’s Visual Identity
Make it your own
Spread the word about the UN Decade
Let’s Bring Back Forests
Let’s Green Our Cities
“Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”
Richard St. Barbe Baker

Wetlands Curriculum

Do you want to explore the wetlands while you are out at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area?  Here are some teacher and student curriculum resources.  Great for homeschoolers and families as well!

Government of Saskatchewan fact sheets and Sask H2O Stewardship and Conservation

Sask Rivers Public School Division Grade 2 water curriculum supports

Global Schools Program Sustainable Development SDG Activities Guides for the Classroom includes:

  • Quality Education and Inequality
  • Responsible Consumption
  • Clean Water and Sanitation

Canadian Water Resources Assocation Project Wet Instructional Resources

PCAP Become Water Wise teacher resources

Watersheds on Earth Teacher Grade 8 Resources

YPTE Water Cycle

Oldman Watershed Council [Oldman River in Alberta] Learning AT Home 2020 Websites, Games, Activities

Canadian Geographic Protect your Watershed

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

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

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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: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area

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

Facebook: South West OLRA

Reddit: FriendsAfforestation

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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

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Richard St. Barbe Baker

The Afforestation Areas are ready to Welcome You!

The best things about eating cattails. Do you need to eat Cattails?

Beyond the tangible benefits, the experience of wild edibles connects you to nature in a very powerful way. It asks you to slow down from the rushed pace of the modern world and step into timelessness.

Jeannine Tidwell

Cattail shoots are very delicious harvested in the spring. So, today, during Tourism Week, forage some cattail shoots, rinse, then soak in vinegar rinse and use in your favourite recipe. Today, tour the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, rather than the supermarket, find your ingredient for this recipe. This time we share Cattail Shoots in Cream Sauce.

Cattails “have vitamins A, B, and C, potassium and phosphorus.” Scalloped Cattails, are another tasty treat to try, as are Cattail Pollen Biscuits. 3

The white inner centers of the young stems, which can be eaten raw or cooked, are considered a delicacy by both human foragers and aquatic mammals such as muskrats. For muskrats, cattails have the added advantage of supplying the tough leaves used for building their lodges. And for red-winged blackbirds—among the earliest migrants returning to our region—stands of cattails provide the perfect nesting place.

Catherine Tudish

Please, when foraging for your cattails, go alone, and leave puppy dog with another caretaker. There are many animals and waterfowl who may be nesting and depending on the cattails.

Please be careful around the water and consider safety when on an outing near the wetlands.

Send in a comment on how you succeed with your foraging adventure! Stay tuned throughout tourism week for more Cattail recipes for your outdoor foraging forayouTube

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

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

Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map

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Facebook: StBarbeBaker Afforestation Area

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Facebook: South West OLRA

Reddit: FriendsAfforestation

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail / e-transfers )

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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

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Richard St. Barbe Baker

Artificial stabilization of water levels in the marsh and lake by damming and water diversion has resulted in significant hydrological changes to the marsh and may be enhancing the spread of an exotic hybrid cattail (Typha x glauca) Hybrid cattails are replacing native shoreline vegetation, particularly hard-stem bulrush an important component of Western Grebe nesting habitat.

Nicholas La Porte et al

As the human footprint expands, ecologists and resource managers are increasingly challenged to explain and manage abrupt ecosystem transformations …Our results quantify how, in a cultural landscape where the historical disturbance regime has been altered and diversity has declined, a mechanical disturbance in combination with seasonal drought and flooding has been used to locally restrict a clonal monodominant plant expansion, create habitat heterogeneity, and maintain plant diversity.

Michael J. Osland et al

Little Known Facts About Edible Cattails – And Why They Matter

So, cattails and you, and why all parts of the cattail plant are amazing for a wild spring, summer or fall harvest. “The shoots or hearts, also known as “Cossack asparagaus,” are best harvested in spring or early summer, prior to the devlopment of the flower stalk” source So after harvesting the shoots, just rinse, soak in vinegar for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. <a href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p>So, cattails and you, and why all parts of the cattail plant are amazing for a wild spring, summer or fall harvest. "The shoots or hearts, also known as "Cossack asparagaus," are best harvested in spring or early summer, prior to the devlopment of the flower stalk"<a href="https://wildfoodgirl.com/2013/cold-hearted-cattail-salads/"&gt; source</a> So after harvesting the shoots, just rinse, soak in vinegar for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. </p> Cold Cattail and Tomato Salad is a great way to start out enjoying your Cattail harvest.

Remember to harvest your cattails alone, and without your puppy dog with you, as spring is nesting time for many waterfowl and animals. Humans are not the only animals who forage on cattails. “Wherever there are cattails, there’s food. The seeds, roots and shoots attract plant-eating animals, and predators that eat the cattail’s visitors. Ducks and Canada geese sometimes eat the tiny seeds, and geese dine on the plant’s new shoots and underwater roots…. Muskrats gnaw on the roots, and use the leaves to build a shelter, called a lodge, to keep themselves safe. It’s common to see red-winged blackbirds hanging around cattails. After the male finds a mate the birds use plants including cattail leaves to build their nest.” source

As you embark on the Cold Cattail and Tomato Salad, consider the nutritional benefits from Cattails, such as Manganese, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B6 and Sodium. According to Health Benefits of Cattail, Uses And Its Side Effects, Cattails, help with mitigation of Anaemia, preventing cancer, controlling hypertension, reducing atherosclerosis risks, controlling diabetes, and is also a natural antiseptic.

Nature is the source of human subsistence but the transformation of nature into food is a cultural process that is not independent of power relations. The colonization of America comprised the systematic repression of indigenous ways of knowing and even after the elimination of political colonialism the relationship between European cultures and the others is still one of colonial domination. The colonial repression of different knowledges also affects the culinary epistemology that informs food preparation and consumption.

Xilkia Janer

Always be careful about safety when around water . So today, is another momentous day to celebrate Tourism Week In Canada. Pop out for a visit to the afforestation areas, enjoy the delightful spring weather, and enjoy this man-made forest on the prairies.

Send in a comment on how you succeed with your foraging adventure! Stay tuned throughout tourism week for more Cattail recipes for your outdoor foraging foray.

“All of these things are food for insects, for birds, for bears, deer, elk and moose, and if we compromise that by our foraging … it won’t be long before these things are no longer here,” … Julie Walker recommends people plant some of these species in their backyard gardens — or at least stop the war on weeds and let and nature take its course. Many native species have qualities that can benefit a home garden, like requiring little to no maintenance and being drought-resistant, she added. People can also forage on public lands, as long as they learn to recognize healthy populations of wild plant species.

Jessica Barrett. Edible Forest: Guided Walks teach which weeds and wild greens you can eat.

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
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
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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

““Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward. Bend to the winds of heaven..”

Richard St. Barbe Baker

Water and Afforestation

March would not be complete without acknowledging World Water Day celebrated on March 22. The theme for 2021 is Valuing Water! #WorldWaterDay and Water2me.

So when you are out enjoying the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, know that learning about the underground natural springs, the wetlands and the formation of the West Swale via the Yorath Island Glacial Spillway is a great way to learn about the South Saskatchewan Watershed which supplies the City of Saskatoon drinking water. A valuable commodity which is supplied by a “free” ecosystem service. This service will only provide supply if we take care of our ecosystem.

The trees and vegetation, which cover the land surface of the Earth and delight the eye, are performing vital tasks incumbent 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 without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.~Richard St. Barbe Baker

Water ~ critical long range planning

“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

What is your story about how you value water? Do you value the community volunteer Clean Green Community Scene trash cleanups which keep the West Swale wetlands water fresh and clean? Do you value the Chappell Marsh wetlands located in both Chappell Marsh Conservation Area and in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area which provide habitat for a number of species at risk waterfowl? Check out the iNaturalist.pdf pamphlet!

There are stories indeed about water and how the stewards and stakeholders of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestion Areas value water on a variety of levels.

Did you take part in the Government of Canada freshwater management consultation? The consultation paved the way to creating a Canada Water Agency to keep our water fresh and clean! 😉 Read the Government of Canada’s Discussion Paper “Toward the Creation of a Canada Water Agency.” The University of Saskatchewan also discusses this project.

Do you value water? Do you conserve and preserve water at home? Do you appreciate walks alongside the water’s edge and observe the blackbirds, ducks, geese and herons? Do you participate in the community cleanups to keep our wetlands fresh and healthy?

For the Take It Outside Winter Staycation challenge. Email us your wetlands photograph out at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Download our local wetlands bird checklist Pamphlet.

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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through it is never the same water and is never still. It’s always changing and is always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too.

Aiden Chambers

Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.

Our River Challenge

For our challenge today, we would like you to email to us at friendsafforestation@gmail.com what you think would belong in a list for the Rights of Rivers! March 14 is International Day of Action for Rivers, think of how you, personally can take action for the International Day of Action for Rivers! The theme for 2021 is celebrating the Rights of RiversWe have a spectacular challenge for our Winter Staycation for you!

March 14 is a marvellous Sunday! And it is a day to think about the South Saskatchewan watershed! What is the South Saskatchewan watershed you say?

South Saskatchewan River Basin Shannon_1 CC4.0

This above picture shows the river basin, the catchment area, or the drainage basin for the South Saskatchewan River. This is a contemporary image of the south Saskatchewan River Basin. The image which follows shows the formation of the West Swale from the Yorath Island Glacial Spillway. The hydrological surface drainage patterns shown in the topological map above are a stark difference to the glacial spillway below which shows that the waters in the Glacial North Saskatchewan combined with Glacial Rice Lake. When the waters from the retreating glacier reached a great volume, the shoreline of Glacial Rice Lake could not contain the water anymore. and there was a sudden surge of spillwaters through the Yorath Island Channel and the Moon Lake Channel cascading in an eruption across the Cory Plains until the waters were stopped in the Glacial South Saskatchewan Lake. Yorath Island was formed from the deposited till and rubble of this Pleistocene Glacial event. Today we create river drainage maps for the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers. The glacial spillway with its huge surge of water created a momentous and catastrophic joining between the two basin areas. Because of the land topography, there are remains of the Yorath Island Channel and the Moon Lake Channel seen today on Google Satellite maps, and they show evidence of the rich and lush riparian waterway which once existed, and which is still connected through underground springs and wetlands.

Yorath Island Channel, Moon Lake Channel, Sutherland Channel and Cory Plain Channel Pleistocene Era South Sk River Valley 2588000 to 117000 years ago Adapted from Larry Edwin Hodges
Yorath Island Channel, Moon Lake Channel, Sutherland Channel and Cory Plain Channel Pleistocene Era South Sk River Valley 2588000 to 117000 years ago Adapted from Larry Edwin Hodges

This was a contributing factor to the formation of the South Saskatchewan River as we know it today. As you walk in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation area imagine the Pleistocene ice age mammals startled by the glacial spillway. Imagine this same ice age mammals creating new trails along the two new rivers in the Moon Lake Channel and the Yorath Island Spillway. Wonder as they wandered to the water’s edge for a drink of water. Where would the Palaeo-Indian fit into this scenario? Would they similarly follow the animal trails? Would they hunt the ancient ice age mammoths. Would the Palaeo-Indian find the two new rivers in the Moon Lake Channel and the Yorath Island Spillway handy to help them forage, and find food to eat? There were major encampments found where these channels met the Glacial South Saskatchewan Lake. As you walk in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, imagine living during the time of ice age mammoths.

Then, appreciate the semi-wilderness habitat we have in Saskatoon today. Along with the waterfowl, do we have other animals using the West Swale Wetlands named after B.T. Chappell as Chappell Marsh? Have you spotted a muskrat or any ducks, geese, herons, or terns? The West Swale is a geological treasure in the City of Saskatoon.

During this day, International Day of Action for Rivers, think of how you, personally can take action for the International Day of Action for Rivers! The theme for 2021 is celebrating the Rights of Rivers

Today think of geology, and geography, and the history of ancient rivers which formed today’s rivers which we appreciated so much.

For our Winter Staycation challenge today, we would like you to email to us at friendsafforestation@gmail.com what you think would belong in a list for the Rights of Rivers!

Download our International Day of Action for Rivers Pamphlet

As a further challenge for the Winter Staycation Take It Outside program, record on iNaturalist or the eBird hotspot for Chappell Marsh the wetlands birds which you have sighted. The International Day of Action for Rivers Pamphlet contains a water birds checklist as an indicator of what might be sighted. The Geese and some ducks are back already (March 11)

Perhaps some ideas for Rights of Rivers may centre around the following….(To get you started)

  1. A River’s right to its own river basin and all the watersheds within the waterbasin.
  2. A River’s right to retain their river bank, and lush riparian ecosystem along the shorelines
  3. Freedom from pollution, destruction to live in harmony with Mother Earth.
  4. A River’s right to our collective recognition of the inherent value of clean fresh water for the survival of living species on land and underwater.
  5. A River’s right to flow naturally unimpeded.
  6. A River’s right to guardians and stewardship.
  7. A River’s right to support shoreline and wetlands flora and fauna in its biosphere.
  8. …What is another great Right for Rivers? Email us today

We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.

David Brower

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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through it is never the same water and is never still. It’s always changing and is always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too.

Aiden Chambers

Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.

Emma Smith

Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. did register as a successful side event for the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 which took place 25-26 January 2021. The programme explores nature based solutions, weather-wise cities, resilient cities locally led adaptation as well as supporting events, side events along with the anchoring events.

The Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 states “Our planet is getting warmer, which has a growing impact on our societies and economies. We need to adapt to a new, more extreme climate.

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. know how important afforestation areas are in their role as carbon sinks in this era of climate change.

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.”

—Stewart Udall

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′
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
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 gmail.com, or by using e-transfers to the same email. 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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