Opinion: Alberta’s natural prairie heritage should not be for sale

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The previous government did not sell native grasslands. This government did. And we are poorer for it.

One good thing we can take away from Mr. Nixon’s quick response to Harvey Locke is that he evidently knows now that his decision to sell our native prairie was out of step with the values of most Albertans.

That being the case, it’s time we got a clear and honest commitment from Minister Jason Nixon — that there will be no future sales by his government of our public grazing lands when they contain uncultivated prairie. We already have plenty of land for potatoes, but we can never restore Alberta’s wild prairie heritage.

Kevin Van Tighem is a former national park superintendent and author of several books on wildlife and conservation, including Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta.