Recent Updates from the Manitoba Field Office

3 weeks 4 days ago

June 9, 2015

It has been a powerful few weeks in Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was working for five years, assembling an extensive report on Indian Residential Schools in this country. The recommendations from the report have now been released.

4 weeks 2 days ago

June 4, 2015

Today the Wilderness Committee is launching our campaign to end park logging in Ontario and Manitoba, with the release of a new educational report, logging maps for Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Algonquin Provincial Park, and opinion cards aimed at the Manitoba and Ontario governments.

I vividly recall the painful loss I felt the first time I stepped into a clearcut in Manitoba’s Nopiming Provincial Park in 1986, where a forest ecosystem I had grown to love was forever damaged. In 2009, the Manitoba government protected all parks from logging...except one.

7 weeks 2 days ago

After more than a year of pressure, mining company TANCO withdrew their audacious plan to drain contaminated Bernic Lake into the lower Bird River!

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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. 

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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

End Logging in Ontario and Manitoba Parks

Write a letter now!

Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and Duck Mountain Provincial Park in Manitoba are two popular parks that share the dubious distinction of being the last two Canadian parks with long-term logging operations continuing inside their boundaries.

The idea of industrial activity in a park may not have raised any alarm bells in the past, but times have changed. The federal government removed industrial activity from national parks in 1930, and both the Manitoba and Ontario governments have ended logging in all provincial parks – except Duck Mountain and Algonquin.

Shockingly, today 61 per cent of Duck Mountain Park and 65 per cent of Algonquin Park are available for forestry activity.

Logging in parks is an assault on our parks, and it’s contrary to what Canadians believe a park should be. Logging roads slice nature apart and cause fragmentation that is destructive to wilderness and wildlife habitat.

To learn more about this issue, please read our new educational report, End Logging in Ontario and Manitoba Parks.

The respected voices of the Environment Commissioner of Ontario and the Clean Environment Commission in Manitoba have stated that logging in parks must stop.

It’s time for us to end park logging, once and for all.

Please use our letter-writing tool to let the Premiers of Manitoba and Ontario know that you want to end logging in provincial parks.

Click here to write your letter now!

 


Photo: Logs in a clearcut at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Manitoba (Eric Reder).

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