Saskatchewan proclaims 18th Native Prairie Appreciation Week, June 12-18, 2016!

Saskatchewan Proclaims Native Prairie Appreciation Week, June 12-18, 2016

Regina, SK - June 13, 2016
The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) is pleased to coordinate Native Prairie Appreciation Week (NPAW) across the province of Saskatchewan from June 12 to 18, 2016. Saskatchewan is the only jurisdiction in North America to officially proclaim an annual weeklong celebration of native prairie to raise awareness about grassland conservation.
For eighteen years, Saskatchewan's Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment have collaborated to officially proclaim this special week. SK PCAP also works with urban municipalities across the province to proclaim NPAW in their respective cities. This year the Cities of Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and Swift Current are also participating on a local level.
"Native Prairie Appreciation Week continues to be a valuable initiative that connects Saskatchewan's people from all types of backgrounds to our prairie grasslands and species at risk," explained Orin Balas, rancher and chair of SK PCAP. "Saskatchewan prairie is still home to numerous grassland species at risk, and provides benefits to our ecosystem and economy, including habitat, carbon sequestration and forage," Balas said.  
A new resource, a workbook titled "Native Prairie: Manage it Today to Appreciate for Tomorrow" will be released during NPAW. The book, co-developed with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Society for Range Management-Prairie Parkland Chapter, outlines information on range management and grassland monitoring methods. The resource also includes insight on species at risk, and also features quizzes, stocking rate calculations and invasive weed management strategies. "It has been a long time since a comprehensive and fun resource dedicated to range management has been developed in Saskatchewan," said Kayla Balderson Burak, SK PCAP manager. "This book builds on the work that SK PCAP has done in the past as well as the expertise of our partners," she added.
The week-long celebration focuses on creating awareness of what native prairie grassland is as well as educating the public and stakeholders on the benefits of conserving this valuable resource which is still dwindling. SK PCAP will host information booths at numerous local urban farmers' markets and announce the winners from their province-wide youth poster contest. The week will conclude with the annual Society for Range Management Tour, open to the public, this year taking place on June 16 and 17, 2016 near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.
Since 1998, the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan Partnership has brought tog ether native prairie stakeholder groups, including organizations representing producers, industry, provincial & federal governments, non-government organizations and research and educational institutions under a common vision for prairie conservation in Saskatchewan. There are currently thirty partners who participate in SK PCAP.    
For media information, contact:
 Kayla Balderson Burak, SK PCAP Manager - (306) 450-7977
Orin Balas, SK PCAP Chair - ( 306) 625-7097

Twitter: @SaskPCAP
SK PCAP gratefully acknowledges financial support (to date) for 2016-17 from:

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Government of Canada - Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Parks Canada - Grasslands National Park of Canada, Saskatchewan Beef Industry Development Fund, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment - Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, SaskPower, Simply Ag Solutions Inc.
SK PCAP gratefully acknowledges in-kind support for 2016-17 from: 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association, Canadian Western Agribition, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service, Friends of Wascana Marsh, Meewasin Valley Authority, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, Nature Conservancy Canada, Nature Saskatchewan, Parks Canada - Grasslands National Park, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, Saskatchewan Forage Council, Saskatchewan Forage Industry Network, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Economy, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport - Royal Saskatchewan Museum and Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation,  Saskatoon Nature Society, SaskOutdoors, SaskPower, Society for Range Management - Prairie Parkland Chapter, University of Regina - Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Wild About Saskatoon-Nature City Festival.
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