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Saskatchewan designates vast Pink Lake area as largest ecological reserve

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REGINA - Saskatchewan has designated a new protected area nearly two-thirds the size of Prince Edward Island.

The Pink Lake ecological reserve, about 160 kilometres north of La Ronge, is now the largest provincially designated protected area at approximately 3,660 square kilometres.

Only Prince Albert National Park is larger.

Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff (CHEV'-uhl-DAY'-off) says the Pink Lake area covers a vast stretch of boreal forest that is habitat for many species, including woodland caribou.

The designation means no new industrial developments will be allowed, but those already in place can continue.

Traditional activities by First Nations and Metis, as well as recreational hunting and angling, will continue.

"Half of our beautiful province is forest," Cheveldayoff said in a news release Thursday. "A strong, healthy boreal eco-region will continue to serve all residents, visitors and our industry partners now and for decades to come."

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