The Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) will now be providing financial assistance for grazing lands damaged by wildfires. The PDAP is a program which is designed to help citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, communities, and public parks recover from severe weather as well as natural disasters.
The wildfires in the Leader, Burstall and Tompkins areas burned approximately 80,000 acres or 36,000 hectares of land earlier this fall. “Typically PDAP does not provide assistance for wildfire losses, because most fire losses are insurable,” Government Relations Minister Larry Doke said. “However, tame and native grazing lands are not insurable. This adjustment will fill that gap and provide Saskatchewan producers with additional peace of mind, and help ensure that operations affected by wildfire can recover sooner.”
Producers can now apply for financial assistance for providing feed to livestock on “tame and native lands” which are used for grazing and were affected by the wildfires.
Last month the provincial government began matching donations up to $100,000 for those affected by the recent wildfires in the southwest part of province.
Those interested in donating can do so at www.skstockgrowers.com or by calling (306) 757-8523.