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    Green Initiatives & Environmental History for: Saskatchewan


    History

    The area of Saskatchewan has been populated by several indegenious tribes of North America, including the Algonquian, Athabaskan, Cree and other tribes. Henry Kelser was the first European to travel along the river of Saskatchewan in 1690 to trade fur with the inhabitants. The First European settlement came about around the year 1774 founded by Samuel Hearne. In the year 1803, the Louisiana Purchase transferred the land to the US from France. At around the year 1818, the area was ceded to the United Kingdom. During the 1850s and 60s, scientific expeditions by H.Y. Hind and J. Palliser explored the prairie region of the Saskatchewan. On 1st. Sept. 1905, Saskatchewan became a province after several traties with the indegenious people. The Land Act of the Dominions permitted settlers to acquire a quarter of a square mile of land for homestead. Inspite of initial difficulties of leading a frontier life, new settlers gradually established themselves as a prosperous agrarian society.

    Environmental History

    Saskatchewan has a humid continental climate, with warm summers owing to its location away from any major waterbody. The area receives the maximum hours of sunslight in the entire country. Two of the prominent natural regions of Saskatchewan are the Interior plains of South and the Canadian Shield in the North. The Northern part of the Saskatchewan region is generally covered by the boreal forests. The sand dunes of lake Athabasca is found here. The highest point of the province is situated at Cypress Hills and the area is covered by decideous forests with plenty of flaura and fauna. Some of the important wildlife features in the area are white tailed deer, moose, black bear, water fowl etc. There are also a large variety of fishes and birds available in the area. This includes trouts, eels, beluga, blue jay, peregine falcon, ospreys, eagles etc. There presence helps in the promotion of wildlife tourism and wild life and national park based tourism in the area. It also helps in the promotion of preservation of forests and conservation of extinct wildlife in the area.

    Green Initiative

    Protection and preservation of natural habitats is an important part of the local green initiative. This initiative is not only aimed at protecting the existing environment but also to create new green areas and increasing the existing forest cover in this progressive province of Canada. This also calls for using environment friendly means of transportation with the use of green fuels, using bio-fertilisers and avoiding the use of hazardous materials like lead, asbestoes etc. The local enviroment protection organisations are trying to promote the use of lead free batteries, ethanol, battery operated buses and increasing the use of bicycles. The local administration is promoting the use of public transportation systems, metros and other forms of rapid transit systems over private cars. As far as the construction sector is concerned buildings are being constructed with LEED certified construction methods.

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