Located in southwestern Saskatchewan, the Frenchman River is part of the mixed grassland ecoregion.
Today, roughly 70 percent of this ecoregion has been altered, leaving only 30 percent intact in relatively small blocks across Saskatchewan. In this highly fragmented habitat, there are relatively few natural areas with sufficiently large tracts that can support a diversity of native species.
Working with our partners, we secured 1,117 acres (452 hectares) in the Wideview properties. The properties feature grasslands, hardwood forest, shrubs and both seasonal and permanent wetlands.
Wideview provides important habitat for many songbirds, waterfowl and various species at risk, including northern leopard frog, greater sage grouse, loggerhead shrike, Sprague's pipit and ferruginous hawk.
This was NCC’s first direct land purchase in the Frenchman River Watershed Natural Area. Potentially, there are 2,557 more acres (1,035 hectares) available for purchase or management adjacent to these properties.