grassroots, community driven, non-profit organization working within the watershed to implement programs and initiatives that will protect the water resource.
99 A 2366 Avenue C North
(Norplex Business Centre)
Saskatoon, SK S7L 5X5
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.
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)
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 abilityWhile 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Prairie Habitat Stewardship Program contact a Water Security Agency regional office near you or visit:
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides)
Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii)
Photos courtesy of Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre
SKCDC, 2012. Photo Gallery. HTTP://www.biodiversity.sk.ca/database (accessed: January 10, 2013).
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Resources for Agricultural Producers
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