Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Grazing Deal Makes Grass Greener for Saskatchewan Ranchers, Threatened Birds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Grazing Deal Makes Grass Greener for Saskatchewan Ranchers, Threatened Birds

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Cattle help threatened birds in Saskatchewan

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REGINA - Some Saskatchewan cattle ranchers are joining Parks Canada in a deal aimed at helping threatened species such as the greater sage grouse.

Parks Canada says under the deal ranchers can graze their cattle in parts of Grasslands National Park with an eye on conservation.

In exchange, members of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association agree to use the same patchy style of grazing on their own land.

Association president Shane Jahnke says the agreement shows that cattle grazing can benefit the environment.

Parks Canada says the greater sage grouse population has been reduced to remnant populations in Alberta and Saskatchewan over the last several decades.

Without increased protection the birds could be wiped out in some areas. …

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