Recent Updates from the Manitoba Field Office

1 week 4 days ago

You’re invited!

Join us on Saturday, April 11 at the Fort Garry Hotel for a public forum on the proposed Energy East pipeline.

TransCanada’s Energy East project would convert an up to 40-year-old natural gas pipeline to ship 1.1 million barrels of oil every day through the Prairies to New Brunswick. Join the Council of Canadians, the Wilderness Committee and many other allies to find out why this massive tar sands pipeline puts our water, land and air at risk.

3 weeks 6 days ago

March 24, 2015


Manitoba’s protected natural heritage will be a little richer, again, when the government’s plan to establish five new provincial parks and another new Ecological Reserve is completed.

6 weeks 3 days ago

March 6, 2015

Out of the ecological depths of the Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship branch, some GOOD news has arrived: the province is proposing six new ecological reserves in southeast Manitoba!

St. Labre Bog, Cedar Bog and the Lewis Bog expansion are within the Whitemouth River watershed, which Wilderness Committee supporters have asked the government to protect by sending them thousands of letters. Woodridge, Ste. Anne Bog and Piney are all near their namesake towns.

The proposed sites are all wetland bog complexes, including peatlands, and the government’s summary reports on the the new proposals outline a host of rare plants, animals and unusual geography in each area. When officially designated, these six ecological reserves will add 10,325 hectares to Manitoba's protected areas. The “Ecological Reserve” designation affords the highest level of protection for wilderness – good news indeed!

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Manitoba Field Office

Welcome to the Wilderness Committee's Manitoba Field Office. The Wilderness Committee is Canada’s largest membership-based wilderness preservation group with 60,000 members, supporters and volunteers, and we are hard at work on the ground in Manitoba. We’ve helped gain protection for over 50 major wilderness areas in Canada, including millions of hectares of critical wildlife habitats, and some of the world’s last large tracts of old-growth temperate rainforest and boreal forest. Through public education, grassroots mobilization, and strategic research, we are working on protecting the wild spaces and species in the province to ensure a healthy future for all Manitobans. We encourage you to join us in our work. 

To sign up for email action alerts and campaign updates from the Manitoba office, please complete the full form below:

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Stretching from the east side of Manitoba’s Lake Winnipeg far into the province of Ontario is one of the greatest natural areas left on earth. The Heart of the Boreal is a vast wilderness filled with jack pine-covered granite ridges, black spruce and tamarack lowlands, and more lakes than you can imagine.

Manitobans are fortunate to still have vast expanses of intact, representative ecosystems within our province. These wild lands provide ecosystem services – byproducts of healthy and natural wild areas – to maintain our own health through clean air and clean water.

The vast expanse of Hudson Bay splits the center of Canada’s north country, allowing access to the Arctic Ocean. Here the remote shoreline – inaccessible from southern roads – is barren and wild, with sparse and stunted trees dotting the tundra. A hardy menagerie of animals make this habitat their home: arctic fox and muskox, polar bears and caribou, beluga whales and ring seals, Ross’ gulls and short-eared owls.

Manitoba’s provincial parks are home to remote sparkling lakes, clear rivers, sandy beaches and wild boreal forests. You can hike through natural grasslands in Spruce Woods, relax on the sand at Grand Beach, cross-country ski at Duck Mountain, spot rare orchids in Nopiming, or paddle down world-famous canoeing rivers in Atikaki.

Canadians are increasingly aware of the severe environmental issues associated with peat. For centuries peat was used as a source of fuel, and in modern times it is commonly used as a growing medium in amateur gardening. Unfortunately, peat mining is an incredibly destructive and unnecessary industry.

The north is often symbolized by caribou. School children even know of the massive herds made up of thousands of barren ground caribou migrating across the open tundra. The caribou is one of those iconic species, featured prominently on Canada’s 25-cent coin.

The Wilderness Committee has worked on boreal forest research and protection for decades. We were inspired to take action because the boreal forest makes up over half of Canada, is threatened on multiple levels by numerous industrial activities such as the tar sands, and has many wildlife and plants that are declining.

Make Your Voice Heard

Protect these 5 natural treasures now!

Write a letter!

Manitobans are fortunate to have access to many stunning wild lakes, rivers, and forests. These wild places are both beautiful and necessary to our survival, and our ability to thrive within a functioning ecosystem. The Wilderness Committee has identified five key areas in Manitoba that urgently require protection from our provincial government.

These areas include:

  • Lower Bird River
  • Red Deer Lake
  • Duck Mountain Provincial Park (where logging is still permitted)
  • Churchill and Hudson Bay polar bear habitat
  • Nopiming-Owl Lake caribou habitat

You can read more about the threatened wilderness areas listed above in our educational report, Wild Manitoba: 5 Natural Treasures at Risk.

Safeguarding these natural treasures will put us on the path to the Wilderness Committee's target: to see 20 per cent of Manitoba protected by the year 2020. But to achieve this goal, we need your help!

Take action today by writing to Manitoba’s Premier, letting him know how much you support efforts to protect the province’s wilderness.

Write your letter today >>


Photo: Lower Bird River (Eric Reder).

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