Key habitat secured in southern Saskatchewan
This year NCC secured more than 3,700 acres (1,500 hectares) of rich prairie grasslands and wetlands in southern Saskatchewan.
These lands provide prime habitat for abundant wildlife, including species at risk.
With its rolling native and prairie grasslands, Stark Coulee is an iconic part of the Qu’Appelle Valley. Conserving this area is crucial, as it broadens a corridor of wildlife habitat across southern Saskatchewan and helps link Lake Diefenbaker to Buffalo Pound. Its conservation will also protect the headwaters for the cities of Regina, Moose Jaw and several smaller communities.
Stark Coulee provides habitat for some of Saskatchewan’s most diverse plant and animal communities, including species at risk, such as loggerhead shrike, northern leopard frog, bigmouth buffalo fish and Sprague’s pipit. Ideally situated near other protected areas, Stark Coulee provides yet another area natural area where wildlife can hunt, nest and find shelter.
With its grasslands, hardwood forest, badlands, shrubs and wetlands, the Wideview Complex boasts unsurpassed natural diversity. The property offers a unique habitat that attracts wildlife species not found in any other area of Saskatchewan, such as black-tailed prairie dog. These conservation lands support up to 18 species at risk, including swift fox, Sprague’s pipit, greater sage-grouse, prairie loggerhead shrike and ferruginous hawk.
The Wideview Complex is located about 130 kilometres southeast of Swift Current near Mankota and Grasslands National Park. This year we added two more parcels to our conservation assembly here, bringing the total area conserved to 1,917 acres (776 hectares).