Postby Oscar » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:11 pm

SAVE OUR GRASSLANDS . . . . SIGN & SHARE . . . Official Parliamentary Petition

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March 12, 2017

As a result of recent developments in Ottawa and in the national media, PPPI has launched an official parliamentary petition to Hon. Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, calling on her to work with livestock producers, First Nations and Métis organizations, local committees and conservation organizations to create a multi-use prairie conservation network on all former PFRA Community Pastures.

Please fill out and share this petition with others before July 6th when it closes. Already it is garnering support across Canada – we need 500 signatures in order for final certification.

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Grasslands are the most endangered, the most altered and yet the least protected ecosystem on the planet. They contain more Species at Risk than any other region of the country. The Community Pastures in Saskatchewan contain some of the largest, best managed and biodiverse rich blocks of remaining native grasslands in North America. A conservation network will not only protect our grasslands but support Canada’s biodiversity Target 1 to protect 17% of all terrestrial areas and inland water.
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Postby Oscar » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:21 am


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Released on June 12, 2017

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Environment Minister Scott Moe have jointly proclaimed June 18-24, as Native Prairie Appreciation Week in Saskatchewan.

Native Prairie Appreciation Week is unique to Saskatchewan and is celebrated each year in partnership with Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP). The week is dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of our native prairie ecosystems.

“Saskatchewan’s agricultural producers recognize the important role they play in supporting our native prairie,” Stewart said. “In this role, they take pride in preserving the prairie ecosystem. By using sustainable land management practices, they are not only contributing to the long-term economic health of the province, they are also protecting our plant and wildlife species for future generations.”

“Native prairie ecosystems play a valuable role in our environment by providing wildlife habitat, contributing clean drinking water and providing recreational opportunities,” Moe said. “In addition, they are significant sources of carbon sequestration and storage, helping to absorb carbon dioxide and remove it from the atmosphere. Through stewardship of these native prairie grasslands, ranchers and conservation groups are helping to reduce our environmental footprint and will continue to be part of the Saskatchewan plan to address climate change.”

“Native Prairie Appreciation Week is a great way to engage and educate people from diverse backgrounds about the value of native prairie,” SK PCAP Manager Carolyn Gaudet said. “Everyone can play a role in the conservation of prairie landscapes, and a great first step is learning more about them. We are encouraging all Saskatchewan residents to explore and experience what native prairie has to offer.”

SK PCAP has a variety of activities planned across the province to celebrate, including urban awareness booths at the Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current farmer’s markets, an activity checklist and a youth poster contest.

For a complete listing of events across Saskatchewan, or for more information regarding Native Prairie Appreciation Week, please visit or contact their office at 306-352-0472 or -30-

For more information, contact:

Ron Podbielski, Agriculture, Regina
Phone: 306-787-1077
Cell: 306-527-9102

Michele McEachern, Environment, Regina
Phone: 306-787-0412
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Postby Oscar » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:10 pm


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Released on June 15, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture will offer current patrons of the Saskatchewan Pastures Program (SPP) the option of leasing the pastures, as the program is wound down over the next three years. This follows the decision in March 2017 to end the Saskatchewan Pastures Program and consult on future management of the land.

“After considering the input received through the public engagement process, we have determined that 15-year leases will be offered to interested patron entities,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “This approach will ensure continued grazing opportunities and environmental stewardship of the land.”

Thirteen pastures in northwestern Saskatchewan will transition from the SPP for the 2018 grazing season. Another 19 pastures in the northeast and northwest will transition for the 2019 grazing season, followed by the remaining 18 pastures in the northeast and south by the 2020 grazing season.

The leases will be similar to those offered to patrons of federal community pastures, which have been transitioning to patron control since 2012. The leases will allow continued access for hunting, including the exercise of rights and traditional uses by First Nations and Métis communities.

More than 2,000 people completed the survey on [ ] from March 27 to May 8 that sought input on future management of the pastures. The option of offering current patrons the first opportunity to lease the pastures received support from 70 per cent of respondents. There was also strong support for government continuing to own the pastures.

“We appreciate the input provided in not only the online survey, but also in the patron gatherings, meetings with industry groups and environmental organizations and in First Nation and Métis consultations,” Stewart said. “Our government wanted to hear from a wide range of voices in helping to determine future management of these pastures.”

If interested parties, such as environmental agencies, municipalities or First Nations, want to work with patron groups that are unable to lease the land alone, they may partner with patrons to obtain the 15-year lease.

A summary of findings from the survey is attached and full results are available at [ ]. A transition schedule is also attached. -30-

For more information, contact:

Angela Hall, Agriculture, Regina
Phone: 306-787-2359
Cell: 306-529-4199

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Postby Oscar » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:12 pm

Sask. to sell 48 more parcels of Crown land in online auction

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Province put 75 parcels of land up for sale 2 weeks ago in online auction

CBC News Posted: Oct 12, 2017 6:52 AM CT| Last Updated: Oct 12, 2017 6:52 AM CT

The provincial government is preparing to sell another 48 parcels of Crown land to the highest bidder in an online auction.

Natural forests, natural prairie grasslands, and natural wetlands are some of the parcels that will be sold off.

Two weeks ago, Saskatchewan put 75 public land parcels up for auction to private buyers. Last spring, another 92 parcels were auctioned.

Environmentalists say they worry that the land might be converted by the new owners into ploughed fields — more profitable for the owners, but not suitable for natural wildlife to live in.

The province says they have assessed the parcels and determined they are somewhat less environmentally sensitive than some others.

Formerly, the ministry sold land through tenders but last year it began using an online auction format.

The government uses a Crown Land Ecological Assessment Tool to determine if a piece should be sold with an easement, meaning a legal agreement which ensures a private owner will preserve natural features.

The auction is set to begin in less than two weeks. Bidding will close the first week of November.

With files from The Canadian Press and Kendall Latimer

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