The Special Areas was formed in 1938 by the provincial government when the drought of the Dirty Thirties forced more than 25,000 farmers off about 1.5 million acres of homestead land. Some farmers and ranchers stayed, changed the way they farmed and learned to adapt to the land, tackle drought, manage crops and acknowledge the areas’ special challenges.
A bit of Mr. Sharp is handed down to another generation
Farmers are significant landowners in Ontario, growing and harvesting our food while caretaking millions of acres of land.
Forty years is just the beginning for a restored wetland in Middlesex County.
By replicating how bison used the land centuries ago, a Saskatchewan farm is fostering healthy soil and a healthy landscape.
Gord, John and Russell Paddock join their mother, Alvina, to protect habitat at their Oak River, Manitoba farm.
Funding partners joined forces to restore aquatic habitat in Ontario’s farm country.
Securing land keeps habitat tucked safely under our wing.
Tom and Valerie Northam accessed DUC's landowner programs to restore and protect 29 wetlands on their Rapid City area property.
Ranchers and DUC work together to conserve native prairie grassland and bring bison back at the Shell Buffalo Hills Conservation Ranch.
Habitat restoration project provides business and environmental benefits at Alberta cattle farm.