Public Pastures-Public Interest board members, Dr. Josef Schmutz, a conservation biologist at the University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Katherine Arbuthnot, a conservation psychologist at the University of Regina, teamed up to write an authoritative review of the history of the PFRA, looking at the multiple benefits of the community pastures, and presenting an alternate strategy to management that is emerging among concerned Saskatchewan citizens. It was published online this week on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives website.
Here is a brief excerpt:
Do read the entire article. Meanwhile, if you are in Regina and want to help out the cause, come to our Ken Hamm house concert this Friday, April 19. Only $20. Ken is giving all of the proceeds to PPPI in our efforts to ensure the pastures receive the protection and conservation management they deserve. There are a handful of tickets left so if you want one email email@example.com."The crux of the issue is that the PFRA pastures domore for us than produce cattle. The currentprofessional management program coordinatesmultiple functions and benefits. Pasturemanagers enable sustainable grazing onendangered ecosystems, while tending thesometimes conflicting habitat requirements ofmany species at risk. The pay‐off for suchmanagement includes soil conservation, waterconservation, and carbon sequestration, inaddition to the economic value of the cattle. Thewise option would be to retain this expertise thathas been developed over nearly 80 years, but it isunlikely that pasture patrons could afford to payfor this on their own. Nor should they."
|Master blues guitarist Ken Hamm will be playing at a PPPI benefit house concert this Friday in Regina|