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Green Survival In Action!

Jane's Walk a personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents as a forest tour.

By Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc.

When and where

Date and time

Sun, May 7, 2023 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST


George Genereux Urban Regional Park Range Road 3063 Saskatoon, SK S0K 1V0 Canada

About this event

  • 2 hours
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We will be exploring the rich history of George Genereux Urban Regional Park and its connection to the City of Saskatoon's afforestation initiative and the North American "Green Survival Program", with a slogan, "It Begins With You". In 1972-1973, the City of Saskatoon embarked on a mission to plant thousands of trees in an effort to green the city and improve the environment for its residents. This initiative was part of the larger North American "Green Survival Program - It Begins With You", which aimed to raise awareness about the importance of afforestation and encourage individuals to get involved in planting and caring for trees. As part of this initiative, the George Genereux Urban Regional Park was established and thousands of trees were planted here to create a beautiful and diverse urban forest. Today, we will be exploring some of the surviving specimens from this planting effort and learning about the important role they play in our city's ecosystem. As we walk through the park, you will see a diverse range of tree species, each with its own unique characteristics and benefits. You will also learn about the different types of habitats that exist here, from dense forests to open grassland meadows, and how these habitats support a variety of wildlife.

So join me as we take a step back in time and discover the history and significance of the City of Saskatoon's afforestation initiative and the Green Survival Program, and the impact that these initiatives have had on the George Genereux Urban Regional Park.

George Genereux Urban Regional Park -Address 133 Range Road 3063 - Legal Land Description NE 21-36-6 W3 - GPS 52.1089473,-106.7925807

About the organizer

Support the non profit group The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc

Your contributions to support our mission are greatly appreciated by residents of Saskatoon and surrounding area who enjoy the forest, these local parks, wetlands and green spaces.

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. not – for – profit incorporation has five charitable purposes as follows;

1/ To protect the environment for the benefit of the public by conserving or restoring ecosystems and biodiversity on a long-term basis at the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, which were preserved in perpetuity by City of Saskatoon Council in 1972.

2/ To protect the environment for the benefit of the public by reducing pollution and by cleaning up illegal trash dumping in the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas through addressing land dump sites and monitoring wetlands and greenspaces for instances of illegal dumping

3/ To provide public amenities by maintaining the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas.

4/ To protect and preserve significant heritage sites by ensuring safety, restoring, developing, and maintaining the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas with a view to commemorating the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas and educating the public about it.  Commemorate; honor and respect the past, celebrate the present and provide a legacy for the future.

5/ To receive and maintain a fund or funds and to apply all or part of the principal and income therefrom, from time to time, to qualified donees as defined in subsection 149.1(1) of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. is a not – for – profit incorporation registered with the Information Services Canada (ISC) Saskatchewan, under entity number 102084283.

The initial goals are to increase the safety and preservation of the afforestation areas as outlined here.  

As incorporated entities with an unique identity, Friends are governed by board members; and have customized organizational by-laws and letters patent.  Friends work locally with the City of Saskatoon park superintendent, MVA guidance, and other park liaisons as designated by the park superintendent. In Ontario, there are many, many Friends of the Park organizations, working together collaboratively to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.