Fish and Wildlife Development partnership
In 2015, NCC’s Saskatchewan Region, along with Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, entered into a five-year Saskatchewan Conservation Land Management Trust Agreement with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. The agreement allows the three conservation organizations to assume the management of more than 165,000 acres (66,800 hectares) of Fish and Wildlife Development Fund (FWDF) lands owned by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.
Initiated in 1970, the FWDF receives 30 percent of the revenue generated from the sale of hunting, angling and trapping licences in the province. These funds support the protection of natural habitat through government securement of conservation lands and in collaboration with non-government organizations such as NCC. This includes a five-year securement funding agreement signed in the spring of 2016 with NCC to support the securement of conservation lands through fee-simple purchase and conservation agreements.
The trust agreement transfers the management of provincially owned FWDF lands to the conservation organizations. While the Ministry of Environment maintains oversight, NCC and the other trustees share responsibility for baseline assessment and management activities, including restoration, prescribed burning, grazing and haying, and invasive species control. These management activities continue to be funded by the FWDF.
In 2015-16, NCC completed the baseline assessment of more than 50,000 acres (20,230 hectares) of FWDF lands, and initiated the development and implementation of a joint management plan with the Ministry of the Environment and other trustees. This initiative allows for the unique delivery of conservation expertise, ensuring that these lands are managed for biodiversity, in collaboration with the provincial government, our conservation partners and the local communities who use and enjoy these lands.