Cypress Uplands, SK (Photo by Rangeland Conservation Service)

Cypress Uplands, SK (Photo by Rangeland Conservation Service)

Cypress Uplands Natural Area

Cypress Uplands, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Cypress Uplands, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

The Cypress Uplands straddle the southern part of Alberta and Saskatchewan and rise more than 600 metres (2,000 feet) above adjacent plains.

Habitat

The area's habitats range from mixed grass prairie to boreal forest with bench-like plateaus, forested slopes, and steep, stark escarpments that are uncharacteristic of the prairie landscape.  

Species 

These diverse habitats are home to about 120 plant and animal species rarely found in Canada outside the Rocky Mountain and foothill regions. This area has the highest diversity of bird species in Saskatchewan, and includes:

  • common poorwill
  • dusky flycatcher
  • red-naped sapsucker
  • MacGillivray's warbler
  • yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon form)

Cypress Uplands, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Cypress Uplands, Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Threats

More than 75 percent of Cypress Uplands habitat is still intact. Although the area is relatively uncultivated, recent advances in agricultural technology, coupled with recreational and industrial development, are becoming commonplace. Oil and gas exploration, acreage development and the abundance of weekend homes are also on the rise.

Conservation status

Close to one-half of the Cypress Uplands area is Crown lands involving activities that include leased grazing, lands under Wildlife Habitat Protection Act jurisdiction and Indian Reserve lands. Adjacent conserved areas include those owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

NCC is further influencing conservation through enhanced awareness, extension and outreach, and through additional partnership development. As part of the Northern Great Plains Conservation Initiative we are helping support landowners' interests to limit development and retain the natural character of the area.

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