Saskatchewan Tree for Life Returns: Available until May 1

The Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds is once again offering the Tree for Life program – in addition to the benefit of planting more trees, money raised will go towards programs to protect Saskatchewan’s water supply

The Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds is once again offering the Tree for Life program – in addition to the benefit of planting more trees, money raised will go towards programs to protect Saskatchewan’s water supply.

A watershed is, essentially, a bowl-shaped land formation that collects water from precipitation. Rain, snow, hail, sleet – it all goes into the ground and runs down to collect in the watershed area, also called the drainage basin.

A watershed can also be drained by other groundwater sources, streams, and smaller drainage basins upstream.

The important part of a watershed is that it collects water from the area and drains it into a common outlet, feeding a river in many cases and forming the source of the water coming from our taps.

The watershed area of ​​the Moose Jaw River covers nearly 10,000 square kilometers. It includes 22 rural municipalities, two towns, 10 villages and Moose Jaw.

Moose Jaw River watershed. provided

Preserving the environment of a watershed is crucial to protecting drinking water sources.

The environment of a watershed is part of the collection and filtering of its water, including concerns that are not always intuitive. For example, the roots of trees native to the region play a role in keeping soils loose enough for groundwater to drain easily. Native grasses are one of them, as is native animal life.

The ecological health of watersheds has evolved over tens of thousands, often millions of years, leading to a comfortable balance. Each part has become accustomed to and dependent on the other part.

For these reasons, watersheds are generally protected from industrial activity, major development, or excessive agricultural modification.

Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards Inc. is a local non-profit charitable organization whose mandate is to protect and inform about the Moose Jaw River watershed.

A total of nine watersheds are members of the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds.

The Tree for Life program sells six species of saplings:

  • White spruce
  • blue spruce
  • hill poplar
  • prairie poplar
  • Sandbar Willow
  • pussy willow

The saplings are sold in $50 packs of 10. Proceeds will support watershed stewardship programs across the province.

Purchases must be made online at: saskatchewan-tree-for-life.myshopify.com.

For more information on the Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards, visit mjriver.ca.

Ryan H. Bowman