On private land you can make your own decisions. However, about 80% of Alberta’s Species at Risk occur in native prairie habitats. Therefore, this is the highest priority habitat and we strongly encourage you to continue to manage it as native range, rather than cultivating it. Remaining native grasslands often have low production capabilities and have not been cultivated in the past for that reason. MULTISAR is exploring incentives to encourage private landowners to retain native habitats such as native grasslands.
No, there is no legal requirement to report Species at Risk on your land. However, we encourage you to do so. You may be pleasantly surprised with the resources that may become available to you when you identify the presence of Species at Risk on your land.
When industrial developments are proposed on your land, prior knowledge of Species at Risk will help regulatory agencies to avoid negative impacts on the species and their habitat. Experience has shown that the pre-planning required when Species at Risk are in an area is often beneficial to the landowners, as it results in more attention to site selection, access management, and reclamation.
Maybe nothing. You may be asked to allow a Species at Risk survey on your land. You could also be invited to voluntarily participate in Species at Risk conservation through MULTISAR or a single species project (e.g. the Piping Plover Project).