The Saskatchewan government has outlined a three year plan to transfer community pasture management to local patron groups.
Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart says patron groups will be offered 15 year leases, similar to the transition program for federal community pastures.
He says the leases will allow continued access for hunting, including the exercise of rights and traditional uses by First Nations and Metis.
Stewart says 13 community pastures in the northwest will be handed over to local patron groups in 2018, another 19 in the northeast and northwest in 2019, and the remaining 18 pastures in the northeast and south by the 2020 grazing season.
Local patrons can partner with municipalities, environmental agencies or First Nations if needed.