Native Plant Solutions was engaged by the Nature Conservancy of Canada to develop, design and implement a revegetation program with the goals of establishing a diverse mix of site adapted native species on 1120 acres of cultivated land within the 13,135 acre Old Man On His Back Prairie Heritage Conservation Area.

The Old Man On His Back Prairie Heritage Conservation Area (OMB) is Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) flagship property located in the SW corner of Saskatchewan, approximately 200 km’s southwest of Swift Current, Sk.

The Old Man On His Back Prairie Heritage Conservation Area is situated within the semi-arid mixed grass prairie and rests in one of the most arid areas of SK. This property is characterized by vast natural prairie lands with significant cultural and heritage value.

These lands at the time were still in agricultural production and located on 10 different fields. NPS aligned the revegetation design with NCC’s request to phase in the revegetation over a period of 5 years to allow for existing lease arrangements on the cultivated lands to expire. NPS provided a turn-key approach to this large project and sequenced the cropping agreements, weed control and planting activities to accommodate the Clients lease commitments and budget. NPS managed all aspects of the site preparation including cropping planning, weed control, and native grass seeding, including follow up establishment monitoring and weed control activities during the establishment years.

The project acres are all now well established and provide native grass demonstrative sites in this arid landscape showcasing seeded native forage for grazing bison and cattle and offer habitat for a host of plant and animal species including several imperiled species.