Meewasin is recognized world-wide for its leadership in conserving the natural resources of the 6,700 hectares of the Meewasin Valley. Meewasin sites and areas are home to more than 200 plant species, 100 bird species, amphibians, reptiles and animals. Meewasin strives to protect and enhance biodiversity in the Meewasin Valley through conservation grazing, prescribed burns, removal of exotic species and noxious weeds, seed collection and planting of native grasses and wildflowers and clean-ups.
Meewasin is empowered by the Meewasin Valley Authority Act to coordinate or control the use of development, conservation maintenance and improvement of land development within the conservation zone. It is guided by a statutory committee of professional planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers and geological engineers.
Complementary to other environmental or heritage review permitting processes, it focuses on the following parameters:
- Consistency with the Meewasin Development Plan;
- Conservation, preservation and interpretation of significant natural habitat;
- Protection of slope stability and good drainage practices;
- Design of aesthetics complementary to the natural setting of the river valley;
- Provision for public access.
The original concept of Meewasin was to create a ribbon of green with the river as a spine. Meewasin will seek continued opportunities to secure long-term stewardship of land with conservation values. Stewardship may be secured through public ownership, conservation easements (legally binding) or through voluntary easements (goodwill agreements).
Meewasin Valley-wide Resource Management Plan
Conservation Grazing Program
Invasive Species Management
European Buckthorn Control Program
Prescribed Burning Program
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship
Meewasin encourages volunteers to work together to protect, enhance, restore, and beautify the valley. Volunteers perform tasks to complement the work of the City of Saskatoon and Meewasin crews.
These volunteer "Stewards" help maintain sections of the riverbank, plant trees in the Meewasin nursery, collect seeds from native plants, clean up garbage, mulch wood chip trails and wrap trees to prevent beaver damage.
For more information about our Stewardship program, please call Meewasin at 306-665-6887.
Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin (PFSRB)
Founded in 1993 by Meewasin, the national award winning PFSRB is a non-profit organization with a mandate to increase understanding, awareness and stewardship of the Saskatchewan River Basin. It is governed by a board of directors with members from the three prairie provinces. For more information on PFSRB please visit their website.