Even as a youngster I knew where my happy place was. Decades later it’s in the same sort of spot.
It’s my inspiration spot for photos. It’s my fitness paths. It’s our dog roaming and training area. It’s the spot that I go to sit and appreciate the sunset. It’s the class room for our grandchildren as the flowers and grasses come and go. It’s my super happy place when the cattle come to graze during the season.
The land management is left up to our dedicated knowledgeable rancher/vet who leases our land. He ensures not to over graze it. He rotates the cattle off and on as the season and grass conditions and his watering holes dictate.
It might only be 56 acres but I love every inch of it. I always knew it was a unique ecosystem but I did not realize that a)the Government of Saskatchewan Proclaims June 13 to 19 as Native Prairie Appreciation Week (( https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2021/june/14/the-government-of-saskatchewan-proclaims-june-13-to-19-as-native-prairie-appreciation-week)) or that b)it’s one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Only 13% of grasslands are native prairie.
Land that hasn’t changed for hundreds of years since the bison grazed here and the indigenous peoples harvested as they needed to.
Which makes us incredibly lucky that we bought land that included this parcel. Indeed that’s what sealed the deal. We walked through the hay field at the bottom and once we hit the fence line it was obvious it was native pristine prairie. That hasn’t changed and neither has our enjoyment of it. We provide good stewardship of the land.
When we built our house one of the things we impressed upon any contractor who worked out here was to “thread lightly” on the native prairie area of our yard. We situated our house to take advantage of having it as our back yard landscape.
The thing that always amazes me is how well the native prairie can survive the weather conditions. It can take the drought. It can handle the blizzards. It can take the freeze thaw that happens so often in the prairies. It can handle the endless prairie sun and it does it all looking gorgeous.