Telephone: 1.306.343.9549

The SSRWSI is a

grassroots, community driven, non-profit organization working within the watershed to implement programs and initiatives that will protect the water resource.

Contact us

99 A 2366 Avenue C North
(Norplex Business Centre)
Saskatoon, SK S7L 5X5

Telephone: 1.306.343.9549
Fax:1.306.343.9548
Email:info@southsaskriverstewards.ca

Prairie Habitat Stewardship for Species at Risk

 

Partnering with the Water Security Agency (formally Saskatchewan Watershed Authority) , SSRWSI is working to help land owners and producers enhance and restore the quality of degraded habitat and secure important habitat for endangered species through management and voluntary stewardship agreements. 


 

Available Funding

Only producers with land in targeted locations (with potential habitat for species at risk) within the South Saskatchewan River Watershed may be qualified for funding through SSRWSI  for specific projects.

 

Potential projects include:

-fencing for grazing management (rest-rotation grazing, riparian area protection)

-remote watering systems to preserve riparian vegetation

-converting cropland to perennial native grasses (improves habitat, reduces pesticide application)
 

 

Voluntary Stewardship Agreement

Landowners who wish to receive funding through Prairie Stewardship Program to conserve habitat for species at risk must enter into a voluntary verbal stewardship agreement.  Under such an agreement, landowners volunteer to:

 

1. Maintain and protect their native prairie and/or riparian areas to the best of their ability

While many landowners already practice good land stewardship, this agreement emphasizes the commitment of landowners to continue good management in the future.

2. Notify us of any planned land use change that might impact the native prairie and/or riparian areas

By contacting us before changing land management practices, landowners can access information on how to minimize any negative impacts on the site.

 

3. Notify us of any intent to sell or transfer ownership of the areas under the agreement

This will allow us to contact the new owner to offer information on the value of the natural habitat and discuss the stewardship program.


 

Benefits to Landowners

  • In becoming voluntary stewards, landowners demonstrate their commitment to the long-term conservation of Saskatchewan’s prairie heritage. 
  • The contribution of each voluntary steward will be formally recognized with a sign and  a certificate of appreciation that  is signed by the Minister of Environment. 
  • Voluntary Stewards receive a biannual newsletter that containing information about what other Voluntary Stewards are doing.
  • Access to expertise and information in the areas of land management and biological data. 


If you are interested in the program and would like to see if your land qualifies for funding please contact the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards:
Phone:  (306) 343-9549        Email:  nancy.kennedy@southsaskriverwatershedstewards.ca 

For more information  on the Prairie Habitat Stewardship Program contact a Water Security Agency regional office near you or visit: 

https://www.wsask.ca/en/Water-Info/Partnerships/Voluntary-Stewardship-Agreement/

 

 

Priority Species for the Prairie Habitat Stewardship Program:


Burrowing Owl  (Athene cunicularia)

Status: Endangered




 

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides)

Status: Threatened





Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii)

Status: Threatened




 

Photos courtesy of Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre

SKCDC, 2012. Photo Gallery. HTTP://www.biodiversity.sk.ca/database (accessed: January 10, 2013).


For Additional Resources Visit our Library:
Resources for Agricultural Producers

Species at Risk
 

 

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