The Kernen Prairie consists of 320 acres of natural prairie grasslands. It is one of the largest remaining patches of fescue prairie in Saskatchewan, making it both an important conservation area and a living laboratory for grassland ecology research. The prairie is named after Fred W. Kernen Jr., who managed the prairie until 1977. The land was donated to the University of Saskatchewan with the stipulation that it be reserved in its natural state for ecological research. The University continues to own and manage the Kernen Prairie lands as part of their agricultural research studies, so farming activities such as animal grazing, crop spraying and prescribed fires will occur.
A naturalized drainage channel is being developed along the rear property line of lots 6-20, block 730 Woolf Bend in Aspen Ridge. The drainage channel slopes away from residential lots to redirect stormwater to the neighbourhood’s storm-sewer system. All overland drainage on residential lots must drain towards the street and NOT into the channel.
The drainage channel will be seeded with a native grass with shrubs along the property line. The area will be maintained once or twice a year by the City of Saskatoon to reduce the potential of introducing invasive species into the Kernen Prairie.
To help preserve the Kernen Prairie, there is NO access to residential backyards from the drainage channel. All landscaping and construction work must be completed via private property. Mowing, pruning or planting in the drainage channel is strictly prohibited. Violators will be responsible for the repair of any damages at their own expense.
Protecting the Kernen Prairie
Residents with lots adjacent to the Kernen Prairie can help preserve and protect the area by:
- Reducing the amount of sod, fertilizer, chemicals and irrigation in yards
- Removing invasive weeds before going to seed to reduce potential spread
- Planting native prairie wildflowers, shrubs and grasses
- Staying clear of the drainage channel
- Keeping yard clean of construction and household waste
- Installing a fence that allows transparent views but does not have access to the drainage channel
- Using full cut-off exterior lighting and turning off lights when not in use
- Not feeding wildlife or leaving food out
- Keep house pets within the fenced area