June 18, 2018

Saskatchewan Proclaims 20th Annual Native Prairie Appreciation Week

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Environment Minister Dustin Duncan have jointly proclaimed June 17 to 23, 2018, as Native Prairie Appreciation Week in Saskatchewan.

This year marks the 20th annual Native Prairie Appreciation Week, an event unique to Saskatchewan.  It is celebrated every year in partnership with the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) as a way to raise awareness and appreciation of the province’s native prairie ecosystems.

“Landowners, government and non-government agencies all have a role to play in the stewardship and protection of native prairie,” Stewart said.  “Over the years, Saskatchewan’s farming and ranching families have demonstrated what it means to be responsible stewards of the land, playing a big role in the ongoing celebration of Saskatchewan prairie.”

“Saskatchewan’s native prairie is one of the features that makes our province so unique,” Duncan said.  “This week provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge the biologically diverse and natural landscapes in our province and the important role they play in sustaining biodiversity, storing carbon and building resilience to climate change.”

“Native Prairie Appreciation Week is an opportunity for all Saskatchewan residents to recognize and celebrate the diverse value of native prairie,” SK PCAP Manager Diego Steinaker said.  “We hope the week inspires people across the province to not only learn about conservation, but what native prairie has to offer.”

To celebrate, SK PCAP has planned a variety of activities across the province, including urban awareness booths at farmers’ markets in Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current, as well as an activity checklist and a youth poster contest.

For more information regarding Native Prairie Appreciation Week, including a complete listing of events taking place in Saskatchewan, please visit www.pcap-sk.org/native-prairie-appreciation-week/2018-native-prairie-appreciation-week or contact their office at 306-352-0472 or pcap@sasktel.net.