The importance of native prairie grassland to the provincial economy is being highlighted this week with Saskatchewan proclaiming Native Prairie Appreciation week.
The manager of the Prairie Conservation Action Plan, Carolyn Gaudet, says native prairie is important for livestock grazing, wildlife habitat, and for tourists.
“There’s nothing like going out into a patch of native prairie and seeing the birds, the wildlife and the grasses that have been around for a thousand years,” Gaudet said. “The winds blowing through the grases. THe birds chirping.”
Gaudet estimates only 17-to-21-percent of native prairie remains intact in Saskatchewan.