What I’m describing is for that last 4% of prairie to be held in the public trust and used for grazing, but also with a multifunction-arrangement in mind. For this we need to bring key parties to the table, including the provincial government, producers, industry, conservationists and hunters. Jointly we can develop a win-win solution that ensures continued public ownership and sustainable management of our pastures for the benefit of all Saskatchewan residents.
Halting the decline will not be simple, but options exist. Ranchers can adopt grazing practices to benefit sage grouse. Extraction of the oil and gas beneath the remaining sagebrush can be delayed.
Without collaboration and leadership, however, this bird will be on the path to extinction in Canada