A Saskatchewan Farmer writes about the role of wetlands on sask farm land over the last century, as a sink and a source of water in wet and dry years.
With the advent of larger equipment, farmers of that time did a more complete job of land development. When you read history you will realize that it’s because of the plow and the development of farms that we see the current array of wildlife here.
As agriculture developed, it stopped the prairie fires that kept perennial vegetation in check. As more farms were established, perennial vegetation became well established, with the farms also providing food for wildlife.
One of the themes in Frontier’s Rural Renaissance project is the fact that farmer are generally a lot more knowledgeable about and benign toward the environment than urban environmentalists give them credit for.