NOTE Information on approved Richard St. Barbe Baker Site Enhancements starting this fall.


WSP - City of Saskatoon Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Master Plan

Municipal Planning Commission meeting Blairmore Sector - West Swale and afforestation areas June 25

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National Historic Places Days Contest!


The contest described for the tour events at George Genereux Urban Regional Park and at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area during Historic Places Days is designed to encourage people to visit and engage with historic places across Canada. Here's a breakdown of how the contest works:

Contest Duration: The contest runs from July 10 to July 17, 2024, coinciding with Historic Places Days.

Explore George Genereux Park. Book now!

Explore Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Book Now!

Entry Requirements: Participants are encouraged to visit a participating historic place, such as George Genereux Urban Regional Park or Richard St. Barbe Baker Park, during this period. They can either take a new selfie, photo, or short video at the location or share a cherished photo or video from a previous visit.

Posting Guidelines: To enter, participants need to:

Post their photo or video on Instagram or Facebook during the contest period.
Use the hashtags #HistoricPlacesDays and #HPDContest2024 in their post.
Tag the specific historic place they visited @GeorgeGenereuxPark or @RichardStBarbeBakerPark .
Tag and follow @nationaltrustca on Instagram or Facebook.
Parks Canada Support: If the historic place is a Parks Canada site, participants should also include the hashtag #ParksCanada to show support for the event's partner and major sponsor.

Content and Caption: Participants are encouraged to share the story of their visit in the caption of their photo or video. This could include what the place means to them personally or any interesting historical facts they've learned.

Prizes:

Grand Prizes: There are three grand prizes, each consisting of $500 cash for the participant and an additional $500 for the historic site they tagged in their entry. One grand prize winner will be drawn on Sunday, and the other two will be drawn on the final day of the contest.

Daily Prizes: Daily prizes include 7 Parks Canada Passes, 7 Canada's History Subscriptions, 7 Canadian Geographic Magazine Subscriptions, and 7 National Trust Memberships. Daily prize draws start from the day after the launch day of the contest.

Extra Entries: Participants can earn an additional contest entry by sharing posts about the photo/video contest on their own social media accounts. They should tag @nationaltrustca and their favorite historic place @GeorgeGenereuxPark or @RichardStBarbeBakerPark in these shared posts.

Email to book you tour between Wednesday July 10 to Wednesday July 17 today! friendsafforestation@gmail.com Eventbrite

Every Place A Story!

Come to the forests and enter the contest!







This summer, through the "Explore Saskatoon Parks campaign", the City of Saskatoon is inviting residents to bike, bus or walk (in any combination) to explore Saskatoon's Green Network - the connected system of parks, natural areas, and green spaces throughout the city. The initiative supports low/zero emission transportation as a key component of the Low Emission Community Plan, and encourages residents to visit green spaces throughout Saskatoon. The campaign will officially launch on July 2 and run until August 18




Linden Tree Mystery

Try to solve the mystery - The Search for the Missing Linden.

So where is it? Where is the Linden Tree? Can you explore the west side of Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area to locate the Linden Tree planted in 1979 by the Richard St. Barbe Baker Foundation? $50 cash is offered to whomever finds the Linden Tree, and sends in their observation on the free iNaturalist app which will record the GPS coordinates to friendsafforestation@gmail.com for confirmation!

Event takes place Summer of 2024





Rain or shine, furnace, or air conditioner - you spend a lot to heat and cool your home. Small DIY renovations like air sealing can make a big difference in your utility bill. Find tools, tricks, and personalized support using saskatoon.ca/RenoResources and get started on your home energy renovations today.




National Forest Week September 22-28, 2024

Two-Eyed Seeing: Welcoming all knowledge to sustain our forests

Events

September 22, 2024 at 2:00 pm Flag Raising Ceremony Sunday
The flag raising ceremony holds special significance. This ceremony symbolizes unity and respect for diverse perspectives in our efforts to protect and sustain our forests. "Two-Eyed Seeing" emphasizes the integration of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems, recognizing that both hold valuable insights crucial for effective forest stewardship. By raising the flag, we honor this inclusive approach, fostering collaboration and learning from all sources of wisdom to ensure the health and longevity of our forests for future generations.

Tuesday September 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm Our focus for this event is on Ecological Restoration Benefits and the Impact of Invasive Species, with a particular emphasis on the noxious invasive grass namely Smooth Brome (Bromus inermis).

A collaboration with Saskatchewan Environmental Society and the Saskatoon Public Library for the Sustainability Speakers Series

Join us for an enlightening session about Smooth Brome, a noxious invasive grass, and management techniques, during National Forest Week featuring keynote presentation by Dr. Eric Lamb from the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Dr. Lamb is a distinguished plant ecologist with a wealth of expertise in various fields including rangeland ecology, plant-soil interactions, and restoration ecology. His research addresses critical ecological issues such as fire ecology, grazing impacts, and the conservation of endangered plant species.





Promote Equity, Conservation, and Community Engagement in Saskatoon's Hidden Gems


Join us as a board member for our non-profit environmental charity and make a difference for Saskatoon's hidden gems - the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Shape the future of these green spaces, ensuring inclusivity for all equity-deserving groups. Attend meetings - help with proposals such as these; organize events, secure grants, fundraise, develop educational materials, advocate for equality, and share stories about history, heritage and the Old Bone Trail. As a board member, you'll be part of a passionate team, gain valuable skills, expand your network, and make a lasting impact. Contribute to the conservation of endangered species and join our mission to create accessible green spaces. Don't miss our Annual General Meeting in September. Volunteer today and help transform Saskatoon's hidden gems into thriving and sustainable spaces. Together, let's create a greener, more equitable future! Contact now






The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.


As you enter the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area or George Genereux Urban Regional Park is it easy to see that nature is everywhere. Through iNaturalist BioBlitzes taking place at different times of the year, it is great to engage in community science and citizen science endeavours to document a flora and fauna inventory. This inventory supports environmental protection, environmental health and environmental sustainability. The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. are a registered Saskatchewan non profit incorporation and also a Canadian registered environmental charity. The afforestation areas are a good choice for opting outside in The Great Outdoors to explore our urban forest in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Friends are seeking a member of the board to join the Board of Directors.


"The simple act of planting a tree, which is in itself a practical deed, is also the symbol of a far reaching ideal, which is creative in the realm of the Spirit, and in turn reacts upon society, encouraging all to work for the future well being of humanity rather than for immdiate gain." Richard St. Barbe Baker

Remember, Request a tour or speaker today!








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