MULTISAR – South Saskatchewan

Numerous species at risk occur in the southern part of Alberta, often overlapping with agricultural landscapes. Existing management practices on these lands is what has allowed these species to persist, but there are also many opportunities on these lands and adjoining lands to further enhance habitat quality for these species. We work collaboratively with multiple partners to increase, maintain, and improve habitat for species at risk within the Grassland Natural Region of Alberta. In 2018, we collaborated with ranchers and completed four Habitat Conservation Strategies for 51,485 acres. We partnered with seven producers on eight enhancements including portable wind breaks to be used on uplands to prevent the need for cattle to access riparian habitat, hawk-pole installation, portable watering unit, upland winter waterer, and fencing for riparian protection. We identified 176 different species on these four ranches, including 47 that are considered Endangered, Threatened, or Species of Special Concern. In all, we had 6,022 observations of species. On these same four ranches, we also conducted 248 detailed range transects, 296 range health assessments, 28 tame pasture assessments, three forest health assessments, and 21 riparian health assessments. Long-term relationships built on mutual respect and trust between conservation groups and landowners have allowed us to collaborate with producers and implement enhancements on close to 123,876 acres, since the project started working with producers in 2016, that has benefitted roughly 80 producers thus far with another 66,140 acres expressing interest for 2019.


Alberta Beef Producers, Alberta Environment and Parks, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Cows and Fish – Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, Government of Canada, Landholders, Prairie Conservation Forum

Annual Summaries

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Title Year Category
MULTISAR – South Saskatchewan 2016-2017 2
MULTISAR – South Saskatchewan 2017-2018 2
MULTISAR – South Saskatchewan 2018-2019 2