The prairie region of Saskatchewan is considered one of the most ecologically altered environments in the world. Within Saskatchewan, much of the original biodiversity of the prairie grassland region was lost during its conversion to agriculture. Just 4% of the original 24 million hectares of prairie ecosystems remain in good condition and just 1% is protected.
Of the 35.6 million hectares of forest in the province, about 14.4 million are considered commercial forest and of this area, just 1.2 million hectares are targeted for protection of biodiversity in some form, including parks. Full protection is afforded to just over 5% of Saskatchewan's forest.