For many of us, Saskatchewan’s lakes and grasslands are treasured places. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is currently working to conserve one of these treasured places near Buffalo Pound Lake.
NCC has raised over 85 per cent of the funds required for a Buffalo Pound conservation project and is happy to announce an exciting opportunity that will see MapleCross Fund match donations dollar for dollar to help complete NCC’s Buffalo Pound project. An additional $525,000 is needed to save this piece of Buffalo Pound for the long term.
This conservation project consists of seven kilometres of shoreline along the north shore of Buffalo Pound Lake and 866 hectares (2,140 acres) of native grasslands, which are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Buffalo Pound Lake is also important because it stores the drinking water for a quarter of the province’s population, including the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw. The native grasslands around the lake filter the province’s water, help protect against flooding and trap carbon.
"We are excited to be working with NCC to help preserve environmentally sensitive areas across Canada. Buffalo Pound became of special interest when we recognized its significant ecological importance to both wildlife and the nearby communities. Reflecting upon our visits to Saskatchewan, which helped guide our decision, we recalled a surprise sighting of pronghorns, a most magnificent sunset and a full moon rising over a great expanse of prairie. Today, we have every confidence that Saskatchewanians and Canadians alike will now rise to our challenge, and join us in partnership by matching our pledge, to help conserve this incredible landscape for the long term.” MapleCross – Investing in Nature. Investing in Canada.
It’s not only the grasslands that are at risk — so are the many species that rely on native grasslands for survival. Buffalo Pound is part of a critical wildlife habitat corridor stretching across southern Saskatchewan. The area provides habitat for at-risk species, such as burrowing owl, Sprague’s pipit, bobolink, American badger and northern leopard frog, as well as many other fish, waterfowl and migratory bird species.
Our grasslands are ecologically priceless. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever, so it’s critical we do everything we can now to save them. The MapleCross Fund will match your donation dollar for dollar. Together, we can all chip in to ensure the Buffalo Pound area remains a safe habitat for endangered species that can be enjoyed by our families and friends for generations to come. Please donate today and help save Buffalo Pound.
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: