News Release - May 11, 1999
PROVINCE RELEASES 1998-99 PROGRESS REPORT ON PROTECTING REPRESENTATIVE AREAS
Environment and Resource Management Minister Lorne Scott today
released the government's 1998-99 progress report on wilderness area
designations to the provincial Representative Areas Network.
During the past year nearly 325,000 hectares (803,000 acres) were
added to the network, including the Wapawekka Hills and the Seager
Wheeler Lake representative area, covering 245,636 hectares (606,958
acres). This is in addition to the 1.3 million hectares (3.3 million
acres) included in the network in 1997-98.
"The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to completing its
identification and designation of ecologically important sites by the
end of the year 2000," Scott said. "This is an essential part of the
province's plan to sustain the health and diversity of the province's
environment and to preserve wilderness areas."
The Representative Areas Network includes a variety of ecologically
important land and water areas across the province. Areas are
identified to serve two main purposes:
as benchmarks against which other landscapes outside of the
network can be measured to help ensure the province's water, land
and natural resources are being managed sustainably, and
to preserve samples of the range of biological diversity found in
"It is important to have areas available that can be used for
education and research purposes to ensure we are achieving these
goals," Scott said. "The province has already made significant
progress in preserving natural wilderness areas and is committed
to continuing its conservation efforts."
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