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Saskatchewan Community Pastures Program to End

27 Mar

The Leader-Post covers the issue here.

The plan, announced in the provincial budget, is to phase the provincial pasture program out over three years, with 2017 being the last year it fully operates. The program includes 51 pastures operating on 780,000 acres of land.

PPPI Co-Chair Trevor Herriot was interviewed by the CBC on the potential impacts on prairie conservation.

When you privatize public conservation land, you’re severely weakening your ability to create and enforce laws, policies, regulations, if you want to meet prairie for sustainable grassland management. There’s a lot of public interest in these lands

There will be consultations made for the future management of the land with the public, stakeholders, First Nations and Metis communities. An online survey will be available online at www.saskatchewan.ca/pastures from March 27 to May 8.

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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.

“Grasslands” Showing in Saskatoon

6 Apr

Thursday / Apr 16 / 7–9p.m.
Frances Morrison Central Library – Theatre
311-23rd St E, Saskatoon

Ian Toews’ documentary Grasslands is a love letter to the natural grasslands of Saskatchewan. Author Trevor Herriot will provide an update on the state of the province’s grassland ecosystems and the work of Public Pastures – Public Interest. Author Candace Savage will lead the discussion that follows. Refreshments are provided.

Presented by PPPI in partnership with Saskatoon Public Library.

Prairie Pasture Tour! POSTPONED to Wed July 9

25 Jun

***POSTPONING Wednesday’s tour–it was scheduled for Jul 2 but we are going to give the pasture time to dry a bit and do the tour on WEDNESDAY JULY 9 now.

Join award-winning naturalist and author, Trevor Herriot, on Wednesday July 2 WEDNESDAY JULY 9  for a tour of a community pasture near Regina. Limit of 25 so register early by emailing sahengen[at]sasktel.net!

Pasture Tour

All proceeds will support the work of Public Pastures: Public Interests (PPPI) to help protect public interest in our Crown grasslands

For Immediate Release

28 Jun

Celebrated Canadian authors and conservation groups call for transparency, consultation on Saskatchewan’s Plans for Pastures

June 28, 2013

REGINA — This morning, prominent authors and members of BirdLife International, Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, held a joint press conference with representatives of Nature Canada and Public Pastures-Public Interest (PPPI), expressing the need for conservation of Saskatchewan’s remaining grasslands habitat. The Government of Saskatchewan plans to sell or lease 62 former PFRA (Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration) pastures.

Management of the pastures was transferred to the provinces in the 2012 Federal Budget. The lands involved are larger than Prince Edward Island and worth $1 to 2 Billion. The Saskatchewan Government has not produced any official report, much less a conservation management plan for these lands. Alongside both authors, representatives of Nature Canada and PPPI called on the Province for more transparency, meaningful consultation with all stakeholders, and more information on the plan itself.

“I’m concerned for the loss of the PFRA, which promoted grasslands conservation while providing for the ranching community,” said Atwood.  “Maintaining PFRA pastures is our greatest chance to protect grasslands wildlife and local communities. Their loss means the squandering of 75 years of Canadian  citizens’  investment in these pastures, and an iconic way of life.”

“Over 80% of Saskatchewan’s original prairie has been lost,” added Ian Davidson, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “The Federal Government’s divestment from these pastures puts at risk some of Canada’s most important grasslands, home to numerous endangered species like the Greater Sage Grouse, which is almost gone from the province.”

“This land needs protection and conservation-based management,” said PPPI spokesperson Trevor Herriot. “This means the government needs to guarantee that the land will remain in the public trust and not be sold, and work with conservation groups, pasture patrons, the oil and gas industry, First Nations, and other stakeholders to ensure that the pastures will be managed professionally in a unitary system.”

While the groups welcome the Province’s proposal to strengthen its legislation on conservation easements to provide penalties for activities like breaking original prairie, this is no substitute for the services patrons are receiving now, or for a coherent approach to pasture management and environmental stewardship. Simply strengthening easements without dealing with the other issues still puts us on the track of breaking up the system and these irreplaceable lands with it.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Ian Davidson, Executive Director, Nature Canada

PPPI Communications, 306-216-0345

Saskatoon Forum Speakers Detailed

14 Feb

Author and naturalist Trevor Herriot (Public Pastures – Public Interest), Ian McCreary (Community Pasture Patrons  Association of Saskatchewan), Dr. Suren Kulshreshtha  (Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, U of Sask), former FSIN Chief Roland Crowe (Piapot First Nation) and Carl Neggers (SM Solutions Inc.) will be speaking at the Saskatoon forum on March 1. Check out our events page for their bios.

Updated parking information:

There are 4 hour parking meters across Campus Drive from the Edwards School of   Business.  Lot 1 (south of Place Riel), Lot 4 (NE of Education Building) and Parkade (in basement of Agriculture Building) have pay parking at $2 /hr.  Lot 4 tends to be least busy. View the campus map with venue and parking lot location or on-line campus maps at http://www.usask.ca/maps/