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

The Meewasin mandate is to ensure a healthy and vibrant river valley for now and future generations with a balance between human use and conservation.

Meewasin Northeast Swale

The Meewasin Northeast Swale is an ancient river channel that begins at Peturrson’s Ravine and carves a 26 km long path adjacent to the South Saskatchewan River.

Conservation Grazing Program

Conservation grazing is a cost effective means of maintaining large natural areas like the Meewasin Northeast Swale as it mimics natural disturbance regimes to promote biodiversity.

Invasive Species Management

Meewasin promotes and maintains biodiversity and ecological integrity within the valley with an integrated approach to invasive species management.

Leafy Spurge Beetle

Meewasin has been collecting and releasing Leafy Spurge Beetles on their sites for many years as part of the Resource Conservation’s management effort.

European Buckthorn Control Program

European Buckthorn is prevalent in riparian forests of the Meewasin Valley.

Prescribed Burning Program

In 2016 Meewasin conducted prescribed burns on a total of 15 hectares of land at Beaver Creek Conservation Area, Cranberry Flats Conservation Area and the Meewasin Northeast Swale.

Conservation Outreach

Meewasin's Resource Management staff, in cooperation with various organizations, present at workshops throughout the prairies.

Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship

Beaver Creek Conservation Area annually participates in MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship), a bird banding program developed by The Institute for Bird Populations in California.


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.