With over 400 acres of forest, the Richard St. Barb Baker plantation is one of Saskatoon’s best-preserved secrets.
Julia Adamson, a friend of the Saskatoon plantation area, said the area has seasonal attractions.
“Walking in the winter is just a Christmas card, and it’s just a great place to walk in the summer.”
She said a 474-acre mixed forest area was located on the southwestern tip of the city. It started as a nursery in 1972.
According to Adamson, the name of the city park was a local conservationist and one of the first students at the University of Saskatchewan.
“Think of David Suzuki and David Attenborough. They made it because they are more modern. They have the internet. They have jets and everything. Richard St. Barb Baker did something very similar between the two World Wars, “said Adamson, who said he had to travel the sea and keep in touch with his contacts by mail.
She said Baker was the key to launching the International Tree Foundation in more than 100 countries and encouraged others to form similar organizations.
“So he was responsible for planting billions of trees around the world,” she said.
“He has a real relationship with Saskatoon and believes in it on the changing course of his life.”
He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1971.
“It was here that we were the first affiliates of Emmanuel College to recognize the dangers of wind erosion and the value of trees in preventing desert formation and invasion of grasslands and forests,” said the Vice President of Research. increase. BW Curry said during the presentation.
According to the university archives, Baker was part of the second class in school history in 1910.
“At the age of 74, he rode a horse at a distance of 1,400 miles from the northernmost to the southernmost tip of New Zealand and lectured on forest conservation at schools and other groups,” the university archives recorded.
“He has had a spillover effect on so many people, and it’s part of our film,” Adamson said in an upcoming documentary show looking at Baker’s life and the impact he had. Mentioned and said.
The heritage of Saskatoon’s Secret Forest will be on display at Remi Modern on July 22nd.
Adamson said he hopes more people will know about the area and take advantage of it.
“There is no longer any reason to be Saskatoon’s best secret or our secret. We want people to know and come here and have fun.”