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Saskatchewan

Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L Schwartz

in Prairie Directory of North America

Second edition

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780195366945
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190267759 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195366945.003.0040
Saskatchewan

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This chapter provides a historical background of Saskatchewan's prairies followed by a list of prairies in alphabetical order. Each site is briefly described, followed by symbols showing site features, a brief location, and a phone number. Saskatchewan's active settlement program in the 1800s and conversion of the landscape to cropland left the province with about 30% of its original mixed-grass prairie. That ecosystem supported plains bison, pronghorn, burrowing owl, long-billed curlew, swift fox, and ferruginous hawk, many of which are in jeopardy today due to the loss of the prairie ecozone. Less than 9% of the prairie ecozone is protected in Saskatchewan. Remaining prairies often exist on lands used for grazing, not agriculture. Most Saskatchewan prairie is privately owned and not open to the public.

Keywords: Canada; agriculture; mixed-grass prairie; prairie ecozone; grazing

Chapter.  2940 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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