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Benefits of Shelterbelts – SB- Decision Support System

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Township Rd 362, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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21 September, 2021 | 19:00 - 20:00 CST UTC-6

The Shelterbelt Decision Support System [SB-DSS] – how does this free tool give value to farmers and the potential for cash in pocket?

“in its latest climate change action plan, the Saskatchewan government is proposing to pay farmers for storing carbon, not just charging agricultural producers for emitting carbon into the atmosphere, “ reports U of S News. Dr. Colin Laroque from the University of Saskatchewan will present information about this free app – a tool for Saskatchewan farmers – to place a cash value on sustainable shelterbelts. The Free app is the Shelterbelt Decision Support System [SB – DSS] calculates the carbon offset value of shelterbelts, and isn’t that a fantastic way for farmers to know what their shelterbelt is worth under the $50 per tonne CO2E tax expected to roll out in 2022. This app is invaluable, as it also helps to suggest the best types of trees depending on the location in the province along with planting guidelines. Not only will farmers reap the environmental benefits, they can see the carbon offset value for the carbon pricing system.

” if you devote 22% of a quarter section, that’s 160 acres, to trees, you can

double the crops.’ It’s a question of planting trees strategically. The trees

reduce the speed of the wind, modify the climate, they modify the

difference in temperature from day and night, and above all the trees

make it possible for the earthworms to come into the land, and the

earthworm casts its own weight every 24 hours. And a well-populated

acre of worms casts 30 tonnes of worm castings per acre per year. That’s

equal to 30 tonnes of farmyard manure on that land.” Richard St.

Barbe Baker who also explains , that “We’re stabilizing the sand with a

series of spiral shelters – rows of trees planted in semicircles to catch

the winds and create vortices of air. The same thing would be valuable

on the Canadian prairies where straight shelter belts cause snow to


This program for National Forest Week is brought to you by the Friends

of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas an environmental non-profit charity

that was created to preserve and restore the 326-acre Richard St. Barbe

Baker Afforestation Area and the 148-acre George Genereux Urban

Regional Park. Our work reinforces the 1972 City Council decision

designating these afforestation areas on the western fringe of Saskatoon

to “be preserved in perpetuity.” They are important habitat for wildlife

as well as semi-wild public spaces for recreation and nature immersion.

The larger of these two areas is named after Richard St. Barbe Baker

(1889-1982), who has been called the “first global conservationist” and

in recognition of this he was made the first Honorary Life Member of the

World Wildlife Fund in 1969. A British forester who also homesteaded

and studied in Saskatoon, he dedicated his entire life unfailingly to the

preservation and planting of trees and forests.

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