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Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:29

Prairie Passages tour by Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, June 24-27, 2013

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Acclaimed authors and committed conservationists Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson highlighted concerns over the future of 62 former PFRA community pastures and the importance of preserving Canada's prairie grasslands during a four-day tour of southwest Saskatchewan, June 24-27. Their visits to community pastures and the Grasslands National Park was arranged by Nature Canada and Public Pastures - Public Interest (PPPI), a citizen-based organization devoted to maintaining Saskatchewan's public grasslands as healthy prairie ecosystems and working landscapes. Atwood and Gibson attended an informal come-and-go reception in Val Marie on June 26, where they were joined by PPPI's Trevor Herriot, Nature Canada's Ian Davidson and Guyra Paraguay's Alberto Yanosky to talk about their trip. On June 27 the group visited the Swift Current-Webb Community Pasture before departing to Regina for the Prairie Passages fundraising dinner for grasslands education and research. For more detail about the tour, visit the PPPI website.  

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Matthew Liebenberg

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