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Since its establishment in 1995, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal has been presented to 156 outstanding individuals.

Needle-and-Thread Grass

The provincial grass emblem was selected by a coalition of environmental, wildlife and agricultural organizations through the Prairie Conservation Action Plan, seeking to sustain the native prairie ecosystem in a healthy state.  Needle-and-thread grass (Hesperostipa comata) was chosen because it is the dominant grass of Saskatchewan's mixed grassland eco-region and is also common in the moist mixed grassland and aspen parkland eco-regions. 

Needle-and-thread is a protein-rich grass producing high energy seeds favoured by small mammals and provides important forage for cattle.  Its deep and fibrous root system contributes to drought resistance and an ability to hold soil.

Needle-and-thread grass was officially adopted as the provincial grass emblem in 2001.

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