History and Drama of a Prairie Commons

Once the victim of hasty prairie settlement, the PFRA Community Pastures became grassland jewels through belated foresight and science-based planning. The termination of this world-class program was embedded in omnibus bill C-38, with ownership of the land returned to the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan government’s plan is to sell or lease the 62 individual pastures, privatizing these important public commons. 

Katherine Arbuthnott and Josef K. Schmutz review the history of the PFRA and the multiple benefits of the community pastures, presenting an alternate strategy to management that is emerging among concerned Saskatchewan citizens. 

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