Sunday 19 April 2015

Honouring Saskatoon's Trees - SOS Elms Coalition

Saskatoon Tree Tour
SOS Elms Coalition has published a full-colour, completely revised and expanded edition of their Saskatoon Tree Tour guide to some of Saskatoon’s special trees.

A map pinpoints the locations of the trees and each tree site’s page includes its address as well as background information and anecdotes.

The guide also lists a number of tree destination sites, such as the Memorial Avenue in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Copies of the Saskatoon Tree Tour are available by donation at the following locations:
Steep Hill Food Co-op, Broadway Avenue
The Better Good, Broadway Avenue
Wild Birds Unlimited, 8th Street
You can also send a request to

Kyla Ledingham has written a supplementary guide to some special trees at Innovation Place.

SOS Elms Coalition AGM & Speakers
SOS Elms Coalition is holding their annual general meeting on Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm at the Marr Residence, 326 11th Street East. Everyone is invited to attend and will receive a free copy of the Saskatoon Tree Tour.

There will be two guest speakers from the City of Saskatoon. Paula Kotasek-Toth, a Senior Planner with the Planning and Development Division, will provide a short overview of the current infill guidelines. Scott Kindrat, Urban Forestry Technician in Urban Forestry, will provide an overview of what they are doing to protect trees during the demolition and construction process.

Walking to Innovation Place, Saskatoon

A Blessing for the Woods
Before I leave, almost without noticing,
before I cross the road and head toward
what I have intentionally postponed—

Let me stop to say a blessing for these woods:
for crows barking and squirrels scampering,
for trees and fungus and multi-colored leaves,

for the way sunlight laces with shadows
through each branch and leaf of tree,
for these paths that take me in,
for these paths that lead me out.
Michael S. Glaser