Prairie Grasslands: Our Most Threatened Ecosystem

This blog was written by guest blogger Blair Scott.  Since the dismantling of the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) by the Harper government in 2012, ranchers (so-called pasture patrons), nature groups and First Nations have debated how best to conserve the ecologically important community pastures formerly managed by the PFRA while maintaining livestock grazing on those pastures.  Now Southwest Television News (SWTV) concisely illustrates these management challenges with this short clip Community Lands Lost: Canada’s Fate at Stake (2013). In this video, stakeholders and conservation organizations explain what is happening on the community pastures and what needs to happen in order for conflict to be resolved. Members of the ranching community have been struggling to find resources to address issues such… read more →