The provincial government has entered into a three-year agreement with Ducks Unlimited Canada that will help Saskatchewan to better manage woodland caribou.
The agreement provides the ability for the Ministry of Environment to purchase wetland classification data for about 200,000 square kilometres of Saskatchewan’s northern forest. The data will help to define critical habitat for the development of caribou management plans under the federal recovery strategy. Wetlands are a significant habitat for woodland caribou.
In partnership with over twenty government agencies and private companies, Ducks Unlimited Canada has completed enhanced wetland classification for approximately 100,000 square kilometres or almost half of Saskatchewan’s Boreal Plain Ecozone. Over the next two years, Ducks Unlimited intends to acquire data for about another 100,000 square kilometres.
“This data will fulfill our 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 our own,” Cheveldayoff said.