Flag Raising Ceremony | National Forest Week

  • Outside Saskatoon City Hall, 222 3rd Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5
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  • Community based support for Urban Forests – Celebrating National Forest Week – “Our forests – Continually giving”

    Come out and show your passion and dedication in support of urban forests!

    Urban forests celebrated by National Forest Week and Maple Leaf Day in September. Commemorations for trees and forests resonates with the City of Saskatoon strategic goal of environmental leadership, Green Infrastructure Strategy, Climate Action Plan, Low Emissions Community Plan, and the city’s official community plan. A celebration focus on forest heritage, culture, traditions, and history highlights the importance of trees, their essential ecological services. Trees support biodiversity and ecosystems, mitigate flooding, raise the water table, absorb carbon dioxide, and provide life saving oxygen. National Forest Week provides public support for the tree decisions made by Urban Forestry, Parks, Public Works, Long range planning. It’s a time for residents of the city to tell stories about their love of trees, and appreciation of forests, and how very blessed we are. The flag raising and proclamation are a reminder of our responsibilities, relationship and solidarity with trees and forests.

    The purpose of the flag raising is a great way to show support for urban forests! Urban forestry, and sustainability YXE green infrastructure stratety are both of importance to the City of Saskatoon. The name of the flag to be raised is the National Forest Week flag. A formal ceremony is planned for this event.

    Check out our webpage for the Vexillology for the National Forest Week Flag

    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 1979 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.

    This is one session in a week long series of events celebrating National Forest Week with a theme – “Our Forests – Continually Giving”

    Sat. Sept 18 7:00 Ryan Brook Saskatoon’s Wildlife—the real night life in Saskatoon! Saskatoon’s trail cams reveal who’s who.

    Sun Sept 19 2:00 Nature Connect BioBlitz – Forest Walk meet at George Sun Sept 19 2:00 Nature Snapshot in Time

    Sun Sep. 19 2:00 Forestry Farm Walking Tour

    Sun. Sept. 19 7:00 Canada Wide CLS environmental education program explores historical time lines

    Mon Sept 20 2:00 Flag raising Ceremony at City Hall – National Forest Week

    Mon Sept 20 7:00 The Urban Forest and Climate Change

    SOS trees has a self-guided tree tour which explores the amazing and wondrous trees that grow in our fair city.

    Tues Sept 21 7:00 Dr. Colin Laroque Shelterbelts SB- Decision Support System and Agroforestry

    Wed. Sept 22 Maple Leaf Day 7:00 National Healing Forests Truth and Reconciliation

    Thurs Sept 23 7:00 Urban forests and greenspaces enhance Saskatoon’s quality of life.

    Sep 24 at 7:00 pm webinar to be announced RFP.

    Sat Sept 25 7:00 PaRx in Saskatchewan, PaRx, Canada’s First National Prescription Program has officially arrived in Saskatchewan!

    Sunday Sep 26 at 2:00 Forest connections and guided walk

    Sunday Sep 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm Our Forests. Are They Alive?

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