Rangeland assessments must be carried out on each piece of land before an easement can be signed. These assessments are done in conjunction with SODCAP and give us a look at the current state of the grassland. We will inventory grass types, litter amount, presence of invasive weeds, erosion and much more. Rangeland assessment can help us determine the best program for the land and that rancher’s lifestyle.
Once assessments are in place, we will work one and one with ranchers to devise the best plan on how to carry out the easement or agreement. We understand each operation is different and it’s a never a one size fits all plan. They may also need to be adjusted through the term of the easement which is why we will continue to keep in communication and work with the ranchers.
Bird and Environmental Monitoring
Monitoring of birds and insects will occur at all sites under conservation agreements because they are powerful tools to give us insight on the health of the grasslands. They provide markers for how successful each easement is. SODCAP, Birds Canada, Royal Saskatchewan Museum and Canadian Wildlife Federation have all partnered with us for this.
In conjunction with SODCAP and Nature Saskatchewan, we have access to resources for creating in-depth analysis of imagery, topography, habitat condition, critical and important habitat, soil types, ecosites and predictive modeling.
Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration
The native grasslands and land that is in permanent cover for over ten years is important for adequate carbon sequestration. By researching soil health and how the grasslands are able to store carbon, we can better understand how important it will be over time to maintain these landscapes for the ecological benefits.
Engagement with First Nations
We will explore cultural and historical interests with the First Nations and the native grasslands, to develop discussion forums. These can help us figure out the best use of culturally significant grasslands and engage in stewardship activities that align with those interests.
Public Education Events
Please contact us to discuss the opportunity for the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation to put on a presentation for any group or organization. These can be done in town halls, schools, field days and other extension activities. We will cover information on conservation projects, how they work, importance of biodiversity, species at risk and much more!
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