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NatureServe Canada Annual Report
July 24th, 2019: Take a look at the 2018-19 NatureServe Canada Annual Report to learn about the projects NatureServe Canada and its member programs have been working on. Page 6 features an update from Saskatchewan on the Important Plant Areas program. The NatureServe Canada network consists of nine conservation data centres that cover all of the provinces and territories except Quebec.
Now Hiring: Botanist
July 3rd, 2019: The Ministry of Environment, through the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (SKCDC), in partnership with Nature Saskatchewan, require the services of a Botanist for a term position, commencing in September, 2019 for a period of one year. Applications are due July 28th, 2019. For details, see: Botanist Job Posting.
iMapInvasives 3.0 Email Alerts Are Now Live
July 3rd, 2019: NatureServe is excited to announce the release of email alerts for iMapInvasives. With this new feature, you can now create custom alerts (e.g., by species or location) and opt in or out of standard alerts. For instructions on how to use the alerts, please see the help documentation.
iMapInvasives 3.0 is Here!
April 25th, 2019: As of April 19th, the new iMapInvasives platform (iMapInvasives 3.0) was launched and is now LIVE! Please login or sign up using your email and password (existing users will need to reset their password). Remember to update your bookmarks and download the new mobile app! If you require further assistance or have questions consult the Help Documents or contact
Sask. Important Plant Areas Program
March 25th, 2019: The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan (NPSS) and Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre, on behalf of the Botanical Assessment Working Group, are pleased to announce the Vern Harms Important Plant Areas (IPA) of Saskatchewan program. The IPA program is an international effort to identify and conserve a region’s most important places for wild plant and fungal diversity.

Eight sites in Saskatchewan have already been designated, and information on these will be available in the spring. Anyone can nominate a site, provided it meets certain criteria. More information on the program, site criteria, and how to nominate a site can be found on the NPSS website. Nominations will be adjudicated twice a year in April and October (next intake is for October 2019).

Although an IPA designation is not legally binding, partners hope that such a designation will afford the sites extra avoidance/mitigation consideration should they ever be subject to a development, and will spur land managers to make decisions with outcomes that will benefit plant species of concern, plant diversity and sensitive habitats. Although locations of privately owned IPAs will not necessarily be available to the public, they will be made available on the Ministry of Environment’s HABISask application to users with data sharing agreements (e.g. only visible to those who login).

Questions about the IPA program can be directed to the NPSS or SKCDC.

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