The Government of Saskatchewan is announcing the creation of a new park in the Porcupine Hills area, the second new provincial park created in the last five years.
Consultations with local First Nations and Métis people and local stakeholders began in 2011 to share information and identify concerns. While some parks within the provincial park system offer recreation and camping with all the modern conveniences, the new park will focus on protecting the region’s natural beauty and ensuring the landscape and cultural value of the land is preserved.
With the designation of the new park, a total of 29,800 hectares (73,637 acres) will be protected as park land, contributing to Canada’s Target 1 to conserve at least 17 per cent of the nation’s terrestrial areas and inland water bodies by 2020.
The new park will incorporate five existing provincial recreation sites including McBride Lake, Saginas Lake, Pepaw Lake, Parr Hill Lake and Woody River. As implementation of the park proceeds, local stakeholders will have direct input into formalizing a vision for the park and long-term management planning.