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Brian (left) and Andy Sterling say the native prairie restoration along the Jackson Creek was a longtime family dream.

Native prairie restoration becomes a family dream brought to life

Tilston-area farmers partner with watershed district to boost habitat and productivity

Elgar Sterling always wondered what a portion of his farm, along the Jackson Creek, must have looked like before it met the plow. The late Tilston-area farmer often wondered aloud about that prospect, son Brian Sterling recollects. “My dad would often say, “I wonder what this land looked like when it was raw prairie?” said

The 160-acre plot northeast of Virden has never been broken and for the most part, kept completely intact.

Rare native prairie to continue in perpetuity

Galawan land donation ensures that habitat will be protected for some species at risk

The New Oxford Dictionary defines ‘gem’ as a person or thing considered to be outstandingly good or special in some respect. By this definition, the quarter section of native prairie grassland formerly owned by mixed grain and cattle producer Peter Galawan of Lenore can undoubtedly be described as a gem. The 160-acre plot northeast of


Christian Artuso of Bird Studies Canada pitches the role of large grazers in grassland bird conservation during a recent SARPAL informational meeting in Hartney, Man.

Range management for the bird and herd

Manitoba Beef Producers seeks more producers for SARPAL program

The Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) wants more of its members to get worried about birds. About 27 producers, and 17,000 acres, have signed on so far with MBP’s SARPAL pilot in its first year of implementation. SARPAL (Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands), an initiative by Environment and Climate Change Canada to tie farmers

Manitoba still has some of the best tracts of grassland left in the world.

Imperilled grasslands need more attention, speakers say

They are the most endangered ecosystem in the world, but there is still time to create conservation programs to protect them

Efforts to save the grasslands in Canada lag even as the urgency to save what remains of them intensifies. That’s the message Canadian senior biologist Dan Kraus had for an audience at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) earlier this month. “We are witnessing in our lifetime the loss of an iconic Canadian landscape,”said

The rangeland and pasture health assessment tool aims to help land users and producers determine potential plant community composition, forage production, stocking rates and the impacts of management practices on ecological functions.

Creating a better process for assessing pasture

Stakeholders from across the industry are currently working together to develop 
a Manitoba-focused rangeland and pasture health assessment

Following in the footsteps of our Prairie neighbours, Manitoba is working towards developing a customized rangeland and pasture health assessment. “The project is born out of similar initiatives that started in the United States, Alberta and then Saskatchewan. They have developed these tools for assessing rangeland health, looking at various indicators like bare soil, litter


The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative held its third annual convention in Minot, Nov. 8 and 9, where conference-goers heard a variety of speakers and offered more input into the direction they want ARBI to take.

ARBI drafting long-term work plan for Assiniboine basin

New Framework for Watershed Stewardship will help track progress

The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative (ARBI) has produced a draft plan that lays out what partner organizations hope to achieve for better basin-wide management — and how to go about it. ARBI presented the draft document at its third annual general meeting here last month, asking member organizations for feedback. Called the Framework for Watershed

Manitoba is developing a reputation for its grazing research efforts.

Showcasing the value of the forage industry

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association will highlight Manitoba’s 
unique forage research initiatives at the organization’s national conference

If you want to talk about grasslands and forage, go to where the action is — and lately a lot of that action is in Manitoba. In the eyes of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA), Manitoba has been a standout in its efforts towards forage research and the ideal place to hold this

Cattle play role in bird habitat

Bird populations have declined on the Canadian Prairies as grassland areas have shrunk rapidly

As a rancher, Kristine Tapley’s passions are split between the large ruminants she raises and the land that sustains them — sort of. “I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’m less interested in the cattle and more interested in using cattle as a tool to protect and maintain grasslands, because I think there are so


Sask. to open protected grasslands for grazing

Crown-held native prairie and other grasslands held for wildlife conservation in Saskatchewan will be opened up to ranchers needing grazing land for cattle in dry areas. Environment Minister Herb Cox announced Tuesday the province will make about 90,000 acres of Fish and Wildlife Development Fund (FWDF) land available to cattle producers. The same grazing lease

Sometimes cattle don’t displace trees — the trees displace cattle

New non-cattle-ranching owners of U.S. rangeland are one reason for brush encroachment

Half of the Earth’s land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such as trees and shrubs, are moving in and taking over, leading to a loss of critical habitat and causing a drastic change in the ability of ecosystems