For Immediate Release – Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Margaret Atwood Supports Better Conservation for Internationally Recognized Grasslands
REGINA — This Friday, acclaimed Canadian Author Margaret Atwood will be taking part in a media conference alongside Public Pastures – Public Interest as part of a tour of Grasslands National Park and PFRA pastures to raise awareness about the need for better management to conserve grassland habitat.
Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan, Victoria Room, 2125 Victoria Avenue, Regina.
Atwood and her husband, Graeme Gibson, two of Canada’s most acclaimed authors, are also passionate conservationists and prominent members of BirdLife Intentional. They arrived in Saskatchewan on June 24 and are bird-watching and touring Grasslands National Park and the PFRA pastures this week. At the conference, Margaret Atwood will speak on what they have learned on their tour, from scientists and from livestock producers affected by the changes, and the international significance of these irreplaceable prairie lands.
PPPI will issue a statement on the current status of 1.8 million acres of former PFRA pastures that were created under the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act during the ‘30s. Management of the pastures was downloaded to the Prairie Provinces by the federal government in its 2012 budget. The Saskatchewan Government has stated it plans to sell or lease the 62 pastures — essentially breaking up a system that has taken 75 years to develop. Lack of a strong conservation management system will put the largest contiguous block of unbroken grasslands in the Great Northern Plains at risk.
PPPI will address the current state of the transfer, conservation issues and the 31 species at risk on the pastures, revenues generated by the pastures, government accountability on a decision that affects an area that is larger than Prince Edward Island, and what livestock producers have said about the impact of the changes on their operations.
Management of the pastures has implications in a wide range of areas: livestock production, conservation of species at risk, environmental protection, First Nations’ interests, heritage preservation, oil and gas development and outdoor recreational pursuits.
For more information please contact:
Bruce Rice, PPPI Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org