Tuesday, 20 June 2017 04:41

Saskatchewan proclaims Native Prairie Appreciation Week — will be at Market Square

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The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) is pleased to coordinate Native Prairie Appreciation Week (NPAW) across the province of Saskatchewan and will be celebrated until June 24.

Saskatchewan is the only jurisdiction in North America to officially proclaim a week celebrating and raising awareness of native prairie and grassland conservation.
For nineteen years, Saskatchewan's Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment have collaborated to officially proclaim Native Prairie Appreciation Week. SK PCAP also works with urban municipalities across the province to proclaim NPAW in their respective cities. This year, the Cities of Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Weyburn and Swift Current are also participating on a local level.
In Swift Current SC PCAP will be at Swift Current Market Square - Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
"Native Prairie Appreciation Week continues to be a valuable initiative that connects Saskatchewan's people from all types of backgrounds to our prairie grasslands and species at risk," explained Orin Balas, rancher and chair of SK PCAP. "It's important for the entire province to recognize the values of native prairie, including providing habitat for numerous grassland species at risk, and benefits to our ecosystem and economy, including water filtration, carbon sequestration and forage," Balas said.  
The week-long celebration focuses on creating awareness of what native prairie grassland is as well as educating the public and stakeholders on the benefits of conserving this valuable resource which continues to decline. SK PCAP will host two webinars, information booths at numerous local urban farmers' markets and announce the winners from their province-wide youth poster contest. New this year, SK PCAP has been collecting entries for their native prairie photo contest. Voting will occur during the week of NPAW, and anyone can go to the SK PCAP Facebook page to see over 100 entries and pick their favorite in each category. Saskatchewan residents are also encouraged to complete the NPAW activity checklist that can be submitted until September 3rd, 2017 for a chance to win a prize.
Since 1998, the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan Partnership has brought together native prairie stakeholder groups, including organizations representing producers, industry, provincial & federal governments, non-government organizations and research and educational institutions under a common vision for prairie conservation in Saskatchewan. There are currently thirty partners who participate in SK PCAP.  
To register for the webinars including one today June 20, please go to http://www.pcap-sk.org/native-prairie-appreciation-week/2017-native-prairie-appreciation-week

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