What is an environmental reserve?
Environmental reserves (ER) are assigned to a neighbourhood before it’s even developed. They are designed to:
- Support natural drainage and habitats
- Protect nearby properties from flooding
- Prevent erosion of soil and protect bodies of water from pollution
- Stay in a natural state
Where are Regina’s natural areas?
We have natural areas in a number of locations around Regina:
- Harbour Landing
- A.E. Wilson Park
- Wascana View
- Along the Pilot Butte Creek
- Along Wascana Creek Dyke
How does the City follow best practices for maintaining natural areas?
- Mowing the entire space annually in late summer allows grass to mature and seed itself, filling in the space which results in a better grass and minimizes weeds like Canadian Thistle and Foxtail
- Annual mowing near properties for easy residential access
- Spot-treating weeds with herbicide
- Mowing along pathways to allow on-leash dogs and their owners access to shorter grass on the side of the pathway, making it easier for owners to collect pet waste. This also minimizes risk of insects or pests transitioning from longer grass onto passers-by.