The Vancouver Sun has picked up on the community pasture issue. Protected grassland faces uncertain future.
“Largely, it’s going to be very, very difficult under patron governance to replicate the environmental stewardship,” said Ian McCreary, chair of the Community Pasture Patrons Association of Saskatchewan, which represents the users of most of the province’s community pastures.
He said increased fees and management responsibility could cause some fields to fail altogether and that farmers in fields that survive may try to take on the manager’s role themselves to save money.
Both scenarios could be hugely detrimental to the grasslands, Herriot said. Fields left ungrazed become derelict and cattle farmers managing the fields themselves won’t be able to provide the land with the protection it needs.