Federal Government Decision to Divest Control of Prairie Pastures Puts 31 Endangered Species at Risk, Say Nature Groups
These are some of the last large chunks of grassland bird habitat in North America. More so than any other landscape -- in national or provincial parks or on private land -- the old PFRA pastures are vital to at least 31 species at risk, including some of Canada's most endangered birds.
In a public letter to Environment Canada and Agriculture & Agri-food Canada, released Thursday, three conservation organizations are calling on the Government to reverse its decision to divest these lands, and to keep this rare habitat under federal management, where the level of protection is strongest. Handing these pastures over to the provinces Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, with smaller budgets, limited staff, and weaker protections, will severely imperil grassland wildlife. In many cases, the provinces will likely sell the lands off to private interests for intensive farming or other development.
The letter was issued by Nature Canada, Nature Saskatchewan and Alberta Wilderness Association. The following spokespeople are available for media interviews. They can explain:
1. What are “community pastures”?
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