Saskatchewan’s Endangered Grasslands

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Grasslands are critical to Saskatchewan life

Grasslands are one of the rarest and most at-risk ecosystems in the world and are a critical part of Saskatchewan. They filter our water, help prevent flooding and droughts, sequester carbon, and for thousands of years have provided sustenance for humans. Over the past 25 years, Saskatchewan has lost more than 2 million acres (809,000 hectares) of native grassland and now less than 21 percent remain intact. The time is now, to conserve what's left.

Grasslands and the wetlands they contain benefit migratory birds, imperiled species and are critical for our own livelihoods. Conserving grasslands is one of the most important things we can do for our province and future generations.

Conservation is ultimately about hope. And we can't do that without you.

Signature Saskatchewan Grasslands Projects

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has secured more than 170 properties covering almost 150,000 acres (60,703 ha) in Saskatchewan. With a high diversity of species and some large tracts of native grasslands still intact, Saskatchewan has an opportunity that is not possible in other parts of the world – and opportunity to conserve grasslands forever. Here are a few of NCC's signature projects found in the Saskatchewan grasslands:

American badger at Hole in the Wall (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Hole in the Wall

Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation area (Photo by Branimir Gjetvaj)

Old Man on His Back

Fairy Hill, SK (Photo by Cherie Westmoreland)

Fairy Hill

NCC's Dale Gross looks out across the land at the Wideview property. (Photo by NCC)

Wideview Complex

Sprague's pipit (Photo by Steve Zack)

Asquith North Complex

Dundurn property (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Dundurn

View from the treetops (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Valley View

VCoyote pups at Pasqua Lake (Photo by Jason Bantle)

Pasqua Lake

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