The Saskatchewan government has entered into a three year agreement with Ducks Unlimited Canada that will help the province better manage woodland caribou. The agreement allows the Ministry of Environment to purchase wetland classification data for about 200 thousand square kilometers of Saskatchewan’s northern forest. The data will help define critical habitat for the development of caribou management plans under the federal recovery strategy.
Year one will include a large area along the Manitoba Saskatchewan border from just south of Flin Flon to just north of Yorkton and running west almost to Melfort.
Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff says the Ducks Unlimited data will fulfill their need for more information about key wetland ecosites to better estimate caribou habitat on the landscape at a fraction of the cost of collecting it on their own. The total cost of the three year agreement is 262 thousand dollars.