Western Producer reports on AFA opposition to sale of native prairie

Post date: Apr 3, 2020 9:15:59 PM

A quarter section of publicly owned native prairie grassland near Taber, Alta., was sold to a private bidder March 31 despite concerns voiced by various groups about the need to preserve such land and despite prior government assertions that it would not sell public land.

The quarter, located 29 kilometres east of the town near Sherburne Reservoir, appears to have been sold for $460,000 through CLHbid, an on-line agricultural real estate sales service.

Action for Agriculture, a group dedicated to preserving agricultural land, expressed concern about the sale when the land was initially posted.

“Native prairie is a threatened ecosystem in Alberta. Continued loss of those lands decreases drought resiliency, threatens the survival of more than 60 prairie species at risk and releases carbon to the atmosphere,” wrote Action for Agriculture chair Doug Wray in a letter to Premier Jason Kenney and Environment Minister Jason Nixon.

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