Calvin Fehr

Saskatchewan

  • Number of Completed Projects (2014-2015)
  • 4
  • Acres Conserved
  • 3,186
  • Land Value
  • $1,645,469
  • Stewardship Volunteers
  • 125
NCC/CNC

Learning the Land

Learning the Land, a native prairie conservation pilot program administered by NCC and delivered by the Treaty 4 Education Alliance, was launched in 2015.

Designed to dovetail with the Grade 7 science curriculum, the program focuses on traditional and cultural teachings as well as the science of species at risk and native prairie.

Taught in both the classroom and the field, Learning the Land also includes the current challenges of sound land management. Participants explore how urban and rural communities can work together to conserve wildlife habitat and sustain a diversity of wildlife species.

More than 100 Grade 7 students and teachers from 11 schools across southern Saskatchewan, along with elders, scientists, local-area landowners and NCC staff, were involved in the first year of the program. Participants are also invited to join Conservation Volunteers events with NCC throughout the warmer months.

NCC/CNC

A pilot pasture partnership

Grassland conservation has always been a large focus of NCC’s work in Saskatchewan. This year, NCC announced a unique new pilot partnership with Lone Tree Community Pasture.

Through the partnership, NCC will work with the pasture shareholders and managers to record best practices for grasslands pasture management on Lone Tree’s 33,697-acre (13,637-hectare) pasture. NCC will provide advice on conservation practices and techniques, and financial assistance for the management of the pasture.

Large blocks of healthy grasslands, such as those of the Lone Tree Community Pasture, are nationally and internationally significant for grassland birds. This habitat is an ideal setting for numerous species such as the at-risk loggerhead shrike, ferruginous hawk, burrowing owl and Baird’s sparrow. McCown’s longspur, lark bunting and Sprague’s pipit also depend on grassland habitat. Pronghorn, mule deer, American badger and Richardson’s ground squirrel are often viewed in Saskatchewan’s prairie grasslands.

Lone Tree and NCC’s Saskatchewan Region will develop a comprehensive guide for pasture management that includes grassland wildlife, bird and amphibian species information and preferred grassland conservation techniques and actions. These beneficial management practices may also be shared with other community pasture managers in Saskatchewan and beyond.

Calvin Fehr

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).