The Nature Conservancy of Canada is celebrating the 20th anniversary of grasslands stewardship at a southwestern Saskatchewan ranch that’s become a crucial home to a herd of plains bison.
The Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation area was bought by the conservancy, with a portion donated, from Peter and Sharon Butala in 1996.
The conservancy then transported 50 plains bison to Old Man on His Back in 2003, fulfilling a vision of reintroducing the species to its historic grazing grounds.
The conservancy continues to manage the land as a working ranch, designed to showcase the positive relationship between agricultural use and land conservation.
(The Canadian Press)