Protected Areas: Saskatchewan’s “Geography of Hope” at risk

14 Mar

Is conservation an issue in the provincial election? Trevor Herriot argues, in the Leader-Post, that it should be:

In 2012, the federal government cut the PFRA community pasture program, placing the lion’s share of our protected grasslands in limbo. The Saskatchewan government chose to pass on management responsibility for these ecologically rich lands to private grazing corporations, offering to lease or sell them. By any application of the IUCN criteria for protection, you can no longer count conservation land stripped of its biodiversity programming, then leased or sold primarily for cattle grazing.

So where is Saskatchewan at then, once we remove the WHPA lands for sale and PFRA pastures from the tally of protected areas? Our protected area percentage drops from 8.7 to 6.34 per cent — nowhere near the 17-per-cent commitment under Canada’s 2020 Biodiversity Targets and Goals and half our original RAN commitment.

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2 Responses to “Protected Areas: Saskatchewan’s “Geography of Hope” at risk”

  1. Elaine Hughes March 14, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    Hello, again

    Is it still OK to use the ‘request for letters to Premier Wall and PM Trudeau’ or is that campaign over?

    Thanks,

    Elaine

    • PPPI Poster May 2, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      It never hurts to write to government! If you click on the “Take Action” tab, the resulting page woudl be the best to use.

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