The province is establishing a network of ecologically important land and water areas across the province. This network incorporates all of the unique features, landscapes and resources already being managed as parks, ecological reserves, wildlife lands and other reserves.
Protected and conserved areas are pieces of the landscape set aside to preserve natural and cultural features. These areas act as benchmarks to help to monitor activities and their effect on the environment.
Objectives of the PCAN program are to:
- Preserve ecological resources;
- Maintain the integrity of biologically diverse areas;
- Protect habitat for wildlife;
- Preserve areas of high scenic value and unique physical features, such as waterfalls, badlands and sand dunes; and
- Provide recreational, educational and research opportunities.
New sites are selected to complement existing sites and ensure that the wide range of Saskatchewan's natural features and diversity is represented within the network.
Approximately 6.4 million hectares, or 9.8 per cent of the landscape, is within the PCAN. Most lands within the PCAN are Crown lands designated under some form of legislated protection or management agreement. The network also includes private lands conserved through conservation easements held by conservation partners or managed under private stewardship agreements.
Find detailed information on designated sites, acceptable uses, prohibited uses and a general map of each of the areas.