Lobstick Lake, about 100 kilometers northeast of Saskatoon, has been designated an ecological reserve by the Ministry of the Environment.
The reserve is designed to protect a large portion of the province’s land- and water-based ecosystem, according to a press release.
“The establishment of the representative Lobstick Lake area will promote the preservation of valuable wildlife habitats in the region,” said Environment Secretary Warren Kaeding in the press release.
“This designation will ensure the protection and continued use of this land for many years to come.”
Lobstick Lake is nearly 243,600 acres and was formerly known as a sanctuary. The designation of the lake as an ecological reserve was based on a recommendation of the “Pasquia Porcupine Land Use Plan”, announced the province.
The province says First Nations stakeholders were part of the process of finding the balance between conservation and development.
Lobstick Lake has been used by First Nations and MÃ©tis for hundreds of years, the province said.
The reserve consists of wetlands, lakes and river channels bordered by peat bogs and bogs.
The land in the area is typically used for fishing, hunting, trapping, tourism, and some industrial development for peat extraction and forestry.