New Southern Conservation Land Management Strategy in Saskatchewan
By Top Crop Manager
May 14, 2014 - Saskatchewan's new Southern Conservation Land Management Strategy will offer agricultural lessees the opportunity to purchase eligible parcels of Crown land previously designated under the Wildlife Habitat Protection Act (WHPA).
Both the WHPA and the Conservation Easements Amendment Act 2010, along with new regulations, will provide the legal framework for the strategy.
All WHPA-designated land in southern Saskatchewan has been evaluated and classified into three categories:
- Approximately 1.7 million acres with high ecological value will be retained under Crown ownership and WHPA protection;
- Approximately 1.3 million acres with moderate ecological value may be eligible for sale with the protection of a new Crown conservation easement; and
- Approximately 525,000 acres with lower ecological value may be eligible for sale, without restrictions.
Not all land classified as low or moderate will be available for sale. An additional review will occur to assess other factors that may influence land eligible for sale. Land with high ecological value will not be considered for sale.
Letters will be sent to current lessees to notify them of their land classifications, purchase options and sale process. Lessees can find out if their land has been classified as potentially available for sale by searching their land location at www.saskatchewan.ca/crownlands.