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Saskatchewan poised to double protection of Great Sand Hills

CPAWS welcomes the final report of the Great Sand Hills Regional Environmental Study, which calls for additional protection in the region.  The report recommends 38% of this fragile native prairie, including some of the largest active sand dunes in the country, will be set aside as an ecological reserve.

This study sets an important precedent for Saskatchewan as the first comprehensive land use planning study ever done in the province by government.  CPAWS Saskatchewan has been working on protection issues in the Great Sand Hills for over a decade by publically supporting the study and review of the science behind it. We will continue to press for improvements, including greater connectivity between protected sites.We will also work to ensure that the study's recommendations for improved resource extraction practices and monitoring programs will be implemented.