|photo by the amazing Hamilton Greenwood|
These 60 remnants of native grassland in Saskatchewan, as maintained under federal management for decades, are widely believed to be among the most important, well-managed chunks of native prairie on the continent. To sell them off, even with conservation easement and to the most well-intentioned of private owners, would effectively remove any possibility of continuing the level of ecosystem management that has made them into jewels of conservation and agricultural sustainability.
Because the grasslands are provincial Crown land, Stephen Harper may be able to wash his hands of any responsibility for them and the more than 31 species at risk they support, but as of today the 720,000 hectares in Saskatchewan still belong to the people--to you and me and our descendants.
Let's do everything we can to keep it that way.
How? For starters, we can fill Provincial Ag minister, Lyle Stewart's in-basket and email:
2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, S4S 0B3
|another image by Hamilton Greenwood|