1.7 Million Acres of Prairie Grassland Under Threat

In April of 2012 the federal government announced it was divesting itself of 2.3 million acres of PFRA community pastures, 1.78 million of which are located in Saskatchewan. The control for these pastures has now reverted back to the prairie provinces and in response the Saskatchewan government has announced they will be seeking to sell or lease these lands to the current pasture patrons. With rising land values putting the purchase of these lands far beyond the reach of most patrons, they are looking to find an alternative solution. Other stakeholders affected by this decision are looking to ensure a sustainable environmental action plan for the land is continued, safeguarding the continued health of the ecosystem and the 32 species at risk that reside there.

To help communicate this message, the various stakeholders (Patrons, First Nations, Academic and Wildlife/Environmental groups) have been meeting over the past several months to discuss their common concerns and encourage the two levels of government to reconsider their position on the importance of preserving and sustaining our community pastures. The result is a collaborative and inclusive video showcasing stakeholder concerns and their belief that, in order to ensure a positive outcome for all, they must work together to find a viable solution.

Learn more about the issues facing our remaining native grasslands.

PFRA Commity Pastures: History and Drama of a Prairie Commons

Public Pastures – Public Interest Facebook page

Pasture Posts blog

Trevor Herriot’s Grass Notes blog

If you would like to see the PFRA pastures remain public please send a polite email to Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan. 1.7 million acres of native pastures could be at stake. That is a large percentage of the native prairie grassland left in Canada.

The Honourable Brad Wall
Premier of Saskatchewan
226 Legislative Building
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4S 0B3

Telephone: (306) 787-9433
Facsimile: (306) 787-0885
E-mail: premier@gov.sk.ca

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