Environment

Whooping crane numbers once dipped below 50 birds. Now more than 600 birds are living in the wild thanks to continued conservation efforts.
Whooping crane numbers once dipped below 50 birds. Now more than 600 birds are living in the wild thanks to continued conservation efforts. submitted photo/Kim Mann

Whooping cranes see continued growth in numbers

By Brady Bateman
January 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

In 1941, only 21 whooping cranes existed in the world, but through decades of painstaking efforts the endangered whooping cranes now number some 650 in the wild.

At least 500 of those whooping cranes survive in the Wood Buffalo Aransas Texas flock, which migrates through Saskatchewan twice yearly, although.....

A report from a panel of nutrition, agriculture and environmental experts says we should have no more than one hamburger a week.
A report from a panel of nutrition, agriculture and environmental experts says we should have no more than one hamburger a week. File photo/paNOW Staff

No appetite in Sask. for new diet: Beef and dairy industry

By Nigel Maxwell
January 17, 2019 - 4:47pm

A new report recommending a major overhaul to the world's diet, should be taken with a grain of salt, according to some officials within Saskatchewan's food industry.

The report organized by a Stockholm-based non-profit group, encourages people to limit their red meat intake to one serving a week, eggs.....

Crews work in the East Boundary Fuel Break in Prince Albert National Park collecting and burning brush piles in this area.
Crews work in the East Boundary Fuel Break in Prince Albert National Park collecting and burning brush piles in this area. submitted/Parks Canada

Waskesiu makes early preparations for fire season

By Brady Bateman
January 12, 2019 - 8:23am

Parks Canada employees are getting an early start preparing for the fire season in Prince Albert National Park.

Dustin Guedo, an ecologist with Parks Canada, told paNOW several projects are underway to ensure the safety of residents and their properties in the Town of Waskesiu and the surrounding area......

Camilo Garcia Benitez promised to move his family to La Ronge from Fort McMurray if the silica mine goes ahead.
Camilo Garcia Benitez promised to move his family to La Ronge from Fort McMurray if the silica mine goes ahead. Derek Cornet/larongeNOW Staff

Potential silica mine brings positives and negatives to consider

By Derek Cornet
January 11, 2019 - 5:00pm

A proposed mine near La Ronge by Garcia Silica Inc. is a major opportunity for northern Saskatchewan, but there are positive and negative aspects residents should consider.

Those are the words of Lac La Ronge Indian Band member Teco Bird, whose family has been residing on a piece of.....

The blue area shows where the proposed silica mine will be located.
The blue area shows where the proposed silica mine will be located. Derek Cornet/larongeNOW Staff

Garcia Silica showcases what potential mine site could look like

By Derek Cornet
January 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

Attendees at a public meeting Jan. 10 hosted by Garcia Silica Inc. in La Ronge were given a view of what the potential mining operation south of town could look like.

“This is a pilot project and we’re asking for permission to do it,” company owner Camilo Garcia Benitez.....

Several local-area First Nations have signed on to a new forestry alliance agreement.
Several local-area First Nations have signed on to a new forestry alliance agreement. File photo/paNOW Staff

First Nations groups partner on new forestry alliance

By Charlene Tebbutt
January 10, 2019 - 5:59pm

Several local-area First Nations have signed on to a new agreement to manage forest lands and build on opportunities in the industry.

The new Saskatchewan First Nations Forestry Alliance includes 13 First Nations, including the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Big River First Nation, Pelican Lake First Nation, Witchekan Lake.....

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