The Nature Conservancy of Canada expands conserved area by Pasqua Lake
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing the conservation of the new Pasqua Lake property.
Located 75 kilometres northeast of Regina and just upstream of Pasqua Lake, it is within the Aspen Parkland ecoregion, an area of national importance due to its high biodiversity.
The 113-hectare (280-acre) property protects the marshes upstream of the lake as well as the trees and grasslands that filter the water, which help clean the lake’s water.
Aspen Parklands are ecologically significant, as they represent the transition from open grasslands to true forest. They provide habitat for iconic Canadian wildlife, such as moose, deer, beaver, red fox and many migratory birds.
Bald eagle can be seen here, as well as several species listed in Canada's Species at Risk Act, such as Baird’s sparrow (special concern), Sprague’s pipit (threatened) and bobolink (threatened).
Aspen Parklands are also a draw for vacationers, and this site will protect the Pasqua Lake area that so many enjoy for recreation.
Threats to sustaining this natural area include habitat loss and fragmentation caused by encroaching invasive plant species and land conversion.
The Pasqua Lake conservation project was made possible through financial contributions by a number of partners. They include the Government of Canada, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, K+S Potash Canada, through an offset agreement, the Government of Saskatchewan, through the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, along with many individual donors and supporters.
“I want to congratulate the Nature Conservancy of Canada and their partners on the conservation of 113 hectares of important wildlife habitat in the biodiversity-rich Aspen Parklands. Our government provides support through the Natural Areas Conservation Program to protect Canada’s biodiversity and species at risk for now, and into the future.” The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
“Walking through the Pasqua Lake property feels like taking a step back in time. You can stand still in the valley and admire wildflowers and songbirds and the rolling landscape. This natural transition allows for a great diversity of wildlife to exist within the area. As a charitable organization, NCC’s work couldn’t be done without the support of our donors. Our donors and partners help NCC ensure that our natural spaces, and the species they sustain, are protected.” Cameron Wood, NCC’s program director for central and southeast Saskatchewan
• The Aspen Parkland ecoregion is among the top five ecoregions in Canada in terms of high overall biodiversity, high threats to biodiversity (such as land conversion risk) and low conservation protection status.
• The Aspen Parkland ecoregion includes 50 Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)-assessed species and 26 COSEWIC-candidate species. There are also 23 globally rare species and 75 species found only in this ecoregion of Canada (noting that some species may overlap in these groups).
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important 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, NCC has conserved over 60,700 hectares (150,000 acres) of ecologically significant land through land donations, purchases and conservation agreements. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) manages the program. Federal funds are matched by contributions raised by NCC and its partners. Habitat conserved under the NACP enhances natural corridors and other protected areas.
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