The provincial government has given people until June 3 to comment on new proposals concerning the Provincial Lands Act. There are implications for community pastures.
The government held consultations in the 2013, then put the issue on the backburner. Now they plan to introduce legislation and are giving people until June 3 to to comment on the highlights of their proposal.
Click here to read the notice of the final stage of consultation and, following, the Provincial Lands Act Amendment Proposal.
The proposed Action Plan for Multiple Species at Risk in Southwestern Saskatchewan: South of the Divide has now been posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry for a 60-day public comment period beginning May 24, 2016 and ending July 23, 2016.
You can follow the above link to read the plan and submit a comment by email. The plan is also available here and this form can be used when commenting.
A couple of recent Leader-Post articles by Ashley Robinson and Natascia Lypny are good reminders of the decline of migratory grassland bird populations and a conservation issue that will further endanger these birds. The Wind Energy Project at Chaplin Lake calls for the installation of wind turbines on native prairie in an extremely critical area for migratory birds such as Sprague’s pipit and piping plover.
PPPI supports alternate energy sources, but this location is very concerning. Along with conservationists from groups like Nature Conservancy of Canada, Nature Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, we want to ensure that the turbines are not located in the sensitive globally significant habitat around Chaplin Lake.
http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/grassland-birds-in-saskatchewan-under-threat-report by Ashley Robinson
http://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/saskatchewan-government-developing-wind-energy-siting-guidelines by Natascia Lypny
And there are also articles from last year:
http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/university-of-regina-researcher-concerned-about-songbird-population by Kerry Benjoe
http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/wind-turbine-project-raises-concerns-over-bird-safety by Natascia Lypny
As well as Trevor Herriot’s “Grass Notes” blog:
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