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Articles by Gord Vaadeland

Gord is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Aside from that, he also owns and operates Sturgeon River Ranch, a horse based adventure tourism company on the Wild West Side of Prince Albert National Park. Gord and the Ranch have twice been featured on the popular OLN program, Mantracker and on Discovery World HD’s National Park’s Project. Gord is also the Executive Director of the Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards and serves as Watershed Awareness Initiative Coordinator for the Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification Boards.

What’s needed next for Canada’s Bison?

What the bison conservation movement needs now is focused attention on restoring the health of the magnificent Sturgeon River bison herd that roams freely in and around beautiful Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan.

Exciting things are happening in East Central Saskatchewan’s boreal forest!

Some very exciting things are beginning to happen in the boreal forest in East Central Saskatchewan! After a lot of hard work, the Pasquia Porcupine Forest Management Area has achieved approval for a new Forest Management Plan. Normally, an FMP approval might not be big news. But this FMP wasn’t typical in that another process was being woven into the planning process, one that would endeavor to take additional steps to protect caribou and ensure a healthy forest ecosystem, while maintaining a healthy local forest sector for the region. I’ll attempt a brief explanation as to what has made this process so exciting.

Grasslands, Forests & Wetlands – Nature’s Carbon Capture & Storage Solution

Climate change – it’s the hot topic that has our federal and provincial governments on their toes, trying to find solutions on how to reduce carbon (CO2) emissions and store those we generate. What if we told you there was a carbon capture and storage solution right in our backyards? Intact landscapes such as wetlands, forests and grasslands are some of nature’s best carbon sinks – meaning they have the ability to store large amounts of carbon. These intact landscapes could be a very effective tool in Saskatchewan’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Woodland Caribou - Chance for a Do-Over?

“If Mother Nature offered mankind a do-over in North America, reversing the eradication of the majestic plains bison might well be near the top of the list.” Edmonton Journal, January 28, 2012 This was the opening statement of the Edmonton Journal’s recent article regarding the wonderful announcement of consultations towards the reintroduction of plains bison to Banff National Park. And it caught my eye. I’ve been deeply involved in wild bison restoration and conservation for many years. The questions surrounding why or how our society could have endorsed the attempted eradication of this magnificent species are questions I ponder every day. But this statement caused me to think a bit deeper. What about this idea of a “do-over”? And then it hit me…perhaps Mother Nature has made this offer to us! I’m talking not just about all of the great work that is being done to restore bison. I’m talking about the chance to finally learn from that horrible mistake of 150 years ago and begin doing the right thing for all wildlife in Canada.

Caribou In Saskatchewan Need a Unique Protection Plan

Saskatchewan's boreal woodland caribou are in trouble. They have already disappeared from much of their original range, mainly the parkland areas in the southern boreal forest. Scientific evidence is strong that caribou populations dwindle when large, intact forests are fragmented by human disturbances, which historically have included logging, mining, hydroelectric corridors, seismic lines and agricultural conversion, as well as roads associated with these developments. Such disturbances are now spreading into even the most remote boreal areas.

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