Canada announces new conservation plan for 300,000 acres of native grassland

Plans to protect a vital diversity of vegetation needed to help lower greenhouse gas emissions across Canada were given a boost this week, when the Nature Conservancy of Canada announced that it had won a new contest to find an interested party to acquire 300,000 acres of native grassland in the province of Saskatchewan.

Representatives of the Conservancy explained in a press release that the area at hand is known as the Lagoons Conservation Area, and was created by the government of Saskatchewan in the early 20th century as a way to slowly spread grasslands and wetlands across an area of 20,000 acres. The Conservancy received both cash and agricultural credits in its winning bid, which it intends to preserve in perpetuity.

It is also intended to act as a backstop against development plans currently in the works, and one that contains 53 bird species that are at risk of extinction. “This area is a clear example of the type of public-private collaboration that is critical to the success of our goal of creating grasslands to slow the impacts of climate change,” said Ravindra Pini, the Conservancy’s senior vice president of programs. “We’re delighted to have found a partner that will be committed to maintaining the biodiversity of this region forever.”

Read the full story at The Saskatoon StarPhoenix.


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