Proposed regulations amending the Wildlife Area Regulations – Delisting of 19 Units of the Prairie National Wildlife Area and Designation of 5 New National Wildlife Areas

Environment and Climate Change Canada is seeking comments on the proposed amendments to the Wildlife Area Regulations for the delisting of 19 units of the Prairie National Wildlife Area and the designation of 5 new National Wildlife Areas.

Current status: Open

Consultation takes place from June 1 to August 30, 2024.

Share your thoughts: Proposed regulations amending the Wildlife Area Regulations – Delisting of 19 Units of the Prairie National Wildlife Area and Designation of 5 New National Wildlife Areas.

Background and objectives

The Prairie National Wildlife Area (NWA) in Saskatchewan was created in 1978 prior to the Department of the Environment’s development of the modern criteria for the establishment of NWAs in 2005. This NWA consists of 26 land units of which only 7 were identified through an ecological assessment to have high conservation value lands that meet the current NWA selection criteria. The remaining 19 units lack significant presence of species at risk and migratory bird populations and face challenges with fragmented habitats and invasive species. Furthermore, the units are scattered throughout the province and contain a large variety of habitats, making management complex and costly for ECCC.

The objectives of the proposed amendments would be to facilitate the management of wildlife conservation, research and interpretation in southern Saskatchewan, by delisting those Prairie NWA units of which the lands are of low conservation value and creating five new NWAs for lands that are of high conservation value.

Consultation

Your input is invited on the regulatory proposal to delist 19 units of the Prairie National Wildlife Area and to designate 5 new National Wildlife Areas under the Wildlife Area Regulations of the Canada Wildlife Act.

The input gathered through this process will be carefully considered. The final regulatory amendments are anticipated to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, in winter 2025.

How to participate

Share your comments at the Canada Gazette. To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, please carefully review our privacy statement.

Who Is the focus of this consultation

All Canadians are invited to participate in this consultation. More specifically, we would like to hear from:

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Contact us

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
351 boul. St-Joseph, 15th floor
Gatineau QC  K1A 0H3
Email: ReglementsFaune-WildlifeRegulations@ec.gc.ca

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