Nebo Property, SK (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Nebo Property, SK (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Nature Conservancy of Canada conserves key Saskatchewan site

September 21, 2016
Prince Albert/North Battleford, SK

 

Bridging boreal forest with prairie grasslands and discovering bat species!


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Saskatchewan has officially announced the acquisition of its new Nebo Property.

NCC will manage and conserve the 178 hectares (439 acres) of biologically diverse lands that are in Saskatchewan’s boreal transition, where farmland meets forest. NCC purchased the land from the previous owner.

Nebo’s mixed wood forest, wetlands and prairie grasslands come together as prime habitat for up to 10 species at risk.

A bioblitz in July helped confirm what at risk and common species are on the property.

This marks an important day for nature in the unique region, because NCC will be able to manage the forest to keep the environment as a habitat for all these important species. It’s a working landscape, and NCC’s intervention will be able to protect it.

Nebo Property is 45 minutes by vehicle (70 km (43 mi) west of Prince Albert, and 5 km (3 mi) north from Highway 3. It is part of the West Parklands natural area of central Saskatchewan.

Species at risk at Nebo also include little brown bat, northern long-eared bat, olive-sided flycatcher, Canada warbler, rusty blackbird, horned grebe and western grebe and more.

The geography is spectacular; rolling hills end in secluded forest fringed wetlands and a small creek meanders through this property.

The public will be able to hike this area to see this incredible nature.

This conservation project was made possible thanks to generous contributions by the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, TD Forests, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Quotes

“Nebo’s nature is incredible, from its colourful trees, to the more hard-to-spot species,” said Matthew Braun, Nature Conservancy of Canada Natural Area Manager for the region. “This property sits in the middle of the Boreal Transition, where farmland meets forest. We’re finding many species that differ from NCC’s more southern Saskatchewan properties. For instance, several species of bats make their homes here!” 

“Our government is proud to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to support the protection of this important wildlife habitat in Saskatchewan,” said the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “Through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Government of Canada is working to conserve the natural beauty of the West Parklands region for generations to come.”

“More than 90 percent of Canadians have said forests are important to them, and for good reason,” said Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group. “Forests form the backdrop of our communities, where we live, work and play – and they perform an essential role in cleaning the air and moderating temperatures. As our world becomes more urbanized it is essential to protect forests and the valuable habitats they represent. That’s why we made protecting critical forest habitat a key pillar of the TD Forests program.”

Facts

  • NCC provides public, on-foot access at almost all of our properties.
  • NCC is conserving habitat for 203 species at risk with habitat for 181 of these species conserved by NCC through the Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program.
  • There are three Important Bird Areas and the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve  in the region. It is home to many waterfowl including the green-winged teal, hooded merganser and bufflehead. Nebo also provides habitat for avian species like the gray jay, boreal chickadee, and many more.

About

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading private, not-for-profit land conservation organization, protecting vital natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast.  In Saskatchewan, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved over 60,700 hectares (150,000 acres) of ecologically significant land through land donations, purchases and conservation agreements.

The Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). To date, $345 million has been invested in the NACP by the Government of Canada to secure our natural heritage. Additionally, more than $500 million in matching contributions has been raised by NCC and its partners.

Launched in 2012, TD Forests is a major conservation initiative built around two pillars – reduce (paper use) and grow (forested areas). The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been engaged in the “grow” pillar to increase the amount of forested lands protected and cared for in Canada and through its conservation partners in the U.S. TD and NCC are also engaging more Canadians in the mission to conserve our forests, which will safeguard not just the trees, but all the living things that rely on forested habitats. For more information, visit TD Forests.

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