For so many of us, our lakes and grasslands in Saskatchewan are treasured recreation areas, cherished by young and old alike. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is currently working to protect an area near Buffalo Pound Lake. NCC has raised over 85 per cent of the funds needed to complete this conservation project in Saskatchewan, and we need your help. An additional of $525,000 is needed to save this piece of Buffalo Pound forever.
NCC’s Buffalo Pound property is 866 hectares (2,140 acres) of native grasslands, which are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world. The property is located approximately 40 kilometres from the city of Moose Jaw, which is in the Upper Qu’Appelle Natural Area.
Buffalo Pound Lake is also important because it stores the drinking water for a quarter of our province’s population, including the cities of Regina and Moose Jaw. The native grasslands around the lake filter our water, help protect against flooding and droughts and trap carbon.
It’s not only the grasslands themselves that are at risk — so are the many species who rely on native grasslands for survival. The wild natural area at Buffalo Pound supports fish, waterfowl and migratory birds. It’s part of a critically important wildlife corridor and provides habitat for at-risk species such as burrowing owl, Sprague’s pipit, bobolink, American badger and northern leopard frog.
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. 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: