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Copy of Urban forests and greenspaces enhance Saskatoon’s quality of life.

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

Urban forests and green infrastructure in a Changing Climate

With guest speakers from City of Saskatoon urban forestry and YXE Green Infrastruture Strategy.

This virtual session presents highlights from City of Saskatoon’s urban forestry department a very vital player to hear from during National Forest Week.

This session will also present the research conducted for the new YXE Green Infrastructure Strategy and how it will benefit the city and its residents

The Strategy outlines 5 programs to be carried out over the next 10 years, which include:

1. Natural Areas: a program to protect, restore, and manage natural areas in the Green Network

2. Grey to Green: a program to increase green infrastructure in urban areas

3. Engaging Community with the Green Network through volunteer opportunities and education

4. Sustainable Food: Supporting local, sustainable, and equitable food in Saskatoon

5. Connecting the Green Network between natural and urban areas.

The current focus is implementation of the Green Infrastructure Strategy and how to improve green infrastructure in Saskatoon.

Urban Forestry and YXE Green Infrastructure Sustainability will have representatives speaking during this session about urban forests, YXC Green Infrastructure Strategy and the City of Saskatoon’s celebration of National Forest Week – this year’s theme “Our Forests, Continually Giving.”

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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