Over 3,000 acres of rolling hills and grasslands in Saskatchewan’s southwest is now protected.
On Tuesday Nature Conservancy Canada along with the federal and provincial governments announced the new conservation area known as the Wideview Complex.
Wideview is located 30 kilometers southwest of Mankota, in the Milk River Basin next to Grasslands National Park.
Jennifer McKillop NCC’s Director of Conservation in Saskatchewan said the area is home to the worlds most endangered landscape.
“We always hear about places like the Amazon rain forest, but temperate grasslands are the most endangered ecosystem on the planet,” McKillop said.
She said only 20 per-cent of native grasslands are left in Saskatchewan.
John Lounds President and CEO of NCC said the main cause of temperate grasslands disappearance is due to the fact the land is the best and easiest place to grow food.
Making the conservation of Wideview that much more significant.
Ottawa provided over $1.1 million in funding, while the province provided funding through the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund.
Since 1962 NCC and partners have helped protect over 2.8 million acres of land coast-to-coast.
That includes 150,000 acres conserved in Saskatchewan alone.