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Margaret Atwood on her prairie tour

July 18, 2013

Farmers say government not forthcoming about community pastures

By Raquel Fletcher, Global News
Saskatchewan’ community pastures are public lands, which ranchers can pay a fee to access. For more than 70 years, community ranching pastures have brought communities together. When the federal government decided in the last budget to turn over those pastures to the province to be sold, those communities have come together again – so they won’t lose them.  Read more...

July 11, 2013

First nations entitled to PFRA lands

Bellegarde is Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and represents the Indian Governments of Saskatchewan.  Read more...

July 11, 2013

Pasture patrons ask for year delay

The Community Pasture Patrons Association is calling on the provincial government to give patron groups with pastures slated for closure this fall the option of a one-year delay to resolve a number of outstanding issues.  Read more...

July 11, 2013

Pasture Patrons Need More Time: CPPAS Release

Pasture Posts
The Community Pasture Patrons Association is today issuing a public call for pastures slated for closure this fall to be given the option of a one year delay allowing for outstanding issues to be resolved. Read more...

July 9, 2013

What do we mean by “professional managers”?

Trevor Herriot's Grass Notes
One of PPPI’s six principles on how the PFRA pastures should be transitioned says that any new system should “utilize professional pasture managers”. When we drafted those principles way back in March, I remember agonizing over that word, “professional.”  Read more...

July 5, 2013

Coverage of the Prairie Passages tour, highlighting pasture patrons' concerns

Swift Current and Area News

July 4, 2013

SCA's Elford clarifies 'crackpot' remark

Mark Elford, chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, who recently described critics of the government's plan to shut down the 75-year-old community pasture program as "crackpots," clarified his remarks on Wednesday. Read more...

June 28, 2013

Celebrated Canadian authors and conservation groups call for transparency, consultation on Saskatchewan’s Plans for Pastures

Pasture Posts
This morning, prominent authors and members of BirdLife International, Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, held a joint press conference with representatives of Nature Canada and Public Pastures-Public Interest (PPPI), expressing the need for conservation of Saskatchewan’s remaining grasslands habitat. The Government of Saskatchewan plans to sell or lease 62 former PFRA (Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration) pastures.  Read more...

June 17, 2013

Margaret Atwood on the Morning Edition

CBC Saskatchewan
Margaret Atwood is coming to Saskatchewan to learn about the grasslands. Listen to her interview with Morning Edition host Sheila Coles.  Read more...

May 25, 2013

Farmers pay in fallout of another spending scandal in Sask

While all eyes are focused on the Senate expense scandal, another Harper government scandal is slowly unfolding right here in Saskatchewan.   Read more...

April 17, 2013

Community Lands Lost: Canada's Fate at Stake

April 16, 2013

SaskNotes: PFRA Community Pastures

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Once the victim of hasty prairie settlement, the PFRA Community Pastures became grassland jewels through belated foresight and science-based planning. The termination of this world-class program was embedded in omnibus bill C-38, with ownership of the land returned to the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Read more...

April 9, 2013

Harper's style starts to chafe

The Saskatoon Star Phoenix Editorial
A self-described cowboy from southwest Saskatchewan, Mr. Taylor rode the range for the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration for more than four decades, looking after community pastures. Like most people who live close to Saskatchewan's historic grasslands, the years of literally watching the grass grow have left an indelible mark on the man. Read more...

April 6, 2013

Why is Ottawa abandoning swaths of prairie grassland?

By Trevor Herriot, The Globe and Mail
In the next few weeks, if the deep snows of this winter ever recede, prairie dwellers such as Georgiaday Hall may find themselves enacting a common rite of spring. Strolling through a hilltop scrap of native grass, they may stop above the first velvety crocus blooms emerging from the earth and crouch in wonderment, even gratitude. Despite all forces aligned against it, a piece of old prairie sod is coming to life again as it has for 7,000 years. Read more...

April 6, 2013

Range rider is a cowboy conservationist

By Trevor Herriot, The Globe and Mail
With more than 40 years in the saddle, Mr. Taylor is one of the longest-serving of the 300 managers and range riders who care for the 85 community pastures run by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA). Read more...

April 2, 2013

The future of natural prairie pastures

By Candace Savage, Canadian Geographic
The federal government’s decision to dismantle its prairie pasture reclamation program has left Saskatchewan selling off public land. Read more...

March 28, 2013

More oppose land sale

By Bruce Johnstone, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
A growing number of organizations are lining up to oppose the provincial government's plan to sell off all or part of the 1.6 million acres of community pastures that were transferred back to the province by the federal government in last year's budget. Read more...

March 27, 2013

Groups want former federal community pastures in Saskatchewan kept public

The Brandon Sun
Almost 20 environmental and conservation groups in Saskatchewan want community pastures that used to be overseen by the federal government to remain under public control. Read more...

March 26, 2013

Principles For Community Pastures Endorsed By Saskatchewan Organizations

News Release
Public Interest is announcing a set of principles and strategies for moving forward to create a secure future for the PFRA community pastures in Saskatchewan. Read more...

March 8, 2013

Public community pastures matter to urban Sask

The federal government announced in its 2012 budget the closure of the PFRA Community Pasture program and the transfer of these lands back to provincial governments. Read more...

February 28, 2013

CBC Radio Interview

By Pasture Posts
CBC interview with Trevor Herriot from PPPI. He makes a strong case for the importance of the pasture lands to the public, and the unfairness of placing all of the responsibilities of care on patrons’ shoulders. Read more...

February 26, 2013

It's expensive to save that pasture money

By Paul Hanley, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
In April 2012, the federal government axed the PFRA and the 2.3-million acre community pastures program it has managed since the 1930s. The program that protected the grasslands for 80 years was no longer needed, they said. Ending it would save taxpayers money. Read more...

February 8, 2013

Pasture patrons fail to sway at SCA

By Karen Briere, The Western Producer
Some federal pasture patrons came away frustrated from the recent Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting.  Read more...

February 1, 2013

Sask. pasture users want transfer delay

By Karen Briere, The Western Producer
Cattle producers using federal community pastures in Saskatchewan want to delay the transfer of the first 10 from government to users.  Read more...

January 28, 2013

PFRA Community Pastures in transition: Where is the beef?

By Joe Schmutz, Saskatchewan Environmental Society
Recently, without due consultation, the federal government closed the nearly 80-year-old PFRA Community Pasture Program administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The provincial government was given the land and now struggles to find a transition.  In August 2012, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced boldly that the pastures would be sold to the farmer/rancher patrons who had previously brought their cows to the federally-employed pasture manager for summer grazing.  The original plan was: to sell the land at market value (whose market?), require that the pasture remain whole (for how long?) and apply a ‘no-cultivation no-drain’ conservation easement to it (who will monitor/enforce?).  Read more...

January 25, 2013

Grazing patrons form new association

By Scott Larson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Delaying the transfer of the first 10 community pastures is one of the first items on the agenda of the newly formed Community Pasture Patron's Association of Saskatchewan. Read more...

January 23, 2013

Demise of grazing land program presents challenges, opportunities

By Bryn Levy, CKOM
At a meeting held in Saskatoon, around 250 ranchers expressed their concerns about the end of a 75-year-old federal program. Read more...

January 23, 2013

Saskatchewan pasture patrons seek to negotiate solutions for PFRA lands

By Jane Caulfield, Metro Saskatoon
They say they are fighting for a blade of grass. But for the farmers and ranchers, who met in Saskatoon Wednesday to discuss future management of once crown-owned community pasture land, that blade of grass means the world. Read more...

January 23, 2013

Crown ownership of pastures works

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government are getting out of the community pasture business that successive federal governments have supported for more than 75 years. Read more...

January 23, 2013

Community pasture transfer still cause for debate

By Neil Billinger,
The new organization, known as the Community Pasture Patron's Association of Saskatchewan, was formed during a meeting of 250 cattle producers on Wednesday in Saskatoon. Read more...

January 15, 2013

Community pasture transfer still cause for debate

By CTV Saskatoon
With more than 1.5 million acres of federal community pasture to be turned over to the Province of Saskatchewan by 2018, some producers, farm groups, and conservation organizations are sounding the alarm. Read more...

January 14, 2013

PFRA Community Pasture patrons to meet at Saskatoon

News Release
PFRA Community Pasture patron representatives from across Saskatchewan will attend an all-pastures meeting at Saskatoon on January 23rd to discuss transition of the PFRA and proposed sale or lease of these lands by the Province of Saskatchewan to individual patron groups. Read more...

January 3, 2013

PPPI wants P3 for pastures

By Bruce Johnstone, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
A new group concerned about the future of the 1.6 million acres of community pastures Ottawa returned to the province is joining the fight to have these lands retained by the Crown and managed for the benefit of livestock producers and grassland conservation. Read more...

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