Energizing conservation efforts in the Southwest Sandhills

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The Great Sandhills

SaskEnergy is proud to renew our commitment to support the conservation work of Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in the Southwest Sandhills of Saskatchewan.

SaskEnergy has pledged $75,000 over the next three years to the NCC. The support will fund stewardship, conservation planning, and partnerships that help sustain the unique species and habitats found in the Southwest Sandhills of Saskatchewan.

“We're incredibly grateful for SaskEnergy's ongoing support of our conservation work in the Southwest Sandhills," says Kristen Martin, NCC's Conservation Science and Planning Manager in Saskatchewan. "This area is home to unique habitats like sand dunes, which are vital for a variety of species found exclusively in Saskatchewan. Thanks to partners like SaskEnergy, we can help conserve the rich biodiversity found here.”

Our renewed pledge builds upon a previous $50,000 commitment toward NCC’s conservation efforts, and brings total support to $125,000 over five years.

The Southwest Sandhills area is located east of Swift Current and extends to the Alberta border. The area boasts large tracts of intact native grasslands, sand dunes, and sandy prairie, including the Great Sand Hills.

The area is renowned for its birdwatching opportunities and nature photography. It is also a culturally significant place for Indigenous people — as a place to hunt, trap, and harvest berries and medicines.

“For more than 25 years, SaskEnergy has been a proud sponsor of the NCC and its efforts to conserve Saskatchewan’s natural landscapes,” says Mark Guillet, SaskEnergy President and CEO. “We are pleased to renew our support of NCC’s work in the Southwest Sandhills. It is important to the protection of habitats in this area and aligns with SaskEnergy’s commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship.”