Recent Updates from the Manitoba Field Office

3 days 23 hours ago

November 23, 2015

Right now, we have a window of opportunity to help shape the future of Nopiming Provincial Park!

The Manitoba government has released the Draft Management Plan for Nopiming Provincial Park, and they are asking for public comment until November 30, 2015.

3 weeks 2 days ago

November 4, 2015

In the fall of 2010, we held a news conference to raise awareness about devastated woodland caribou habitat in northwest Manitoba. Stark images of burnt forests and logging clearcuts lined the walls of the room. I had just returned from a week in the north, patrolling back roads and hiking through the forests, looking at the range of the NAOSAP and Reed Lake caribou herds. We needed to get the word out that caribou were in real trouble up there.

6 weeks 22 hours ago

October 16, 2015

On Thanksgiving Sunday, I walked an old trail to a lake in Nopiming Provincial Park with my seven-year-old son. It was his first visit to this spot, but I had been here many times.

For him, with his fresh eyes, the forest was big and alive. For me, knowing the place, I could see the scars of military training exercises that are run in the park. Trees cut down, new roads opened up, tracked vehicle tracks chewing up the forest floor, garbage. It was a wonderful day with my son, but it drives me to do more.

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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.

In October 2014, TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. filed a formal application with the National Energy Board (NEB) to build the Energy East pipeline – a 4,600-kilometre pipeline from Alberta to Quebec and New Brunswick intended to transport diluted bitumen from the tar sands.

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

Help preserve wilderness in Nopiming Provincial Park

Write a letter now!

Nopiming Provincial park is a wild destination for more than 100,000 people every year. With lots of undeveloped lakes and forests, as well as rivers to paddle down, Nopiming allows access to a peaceful wilderness while also providing a haven for wildlife.

Over the years, human activity has diminished the wild nature of this region, and it’s time we worked harder at preserving Nopiming. 

Woodland caribou and moose populations are threatened, all-terrain vehicles are leaving their mark and military training activity is degrading lakeshores in south Nopiming. Mining activity is bulldozing through the park, and leaving long-lasting scars.

The Manitoba government has released the Draft Management plan for Nopiming Provincial Park, and they are asking for public comment until November 30, 2015.

There are some good points in the draft plan, such as protecting more of the park and controlling all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use. But they’ve also missed an opportunity to remove mining from the park and get rid of destructive military training.

When the government first asked for input on their plan in 2014, the Wilderness Committee produced a document called A Greenprint for Nopiming Provincial Park, which explains what we think is needed to maintain nature and wilderness in the park.

Now the Wilderness Committee has produced a detailed critique of the draft plan, highlighting improvements that need to be made to preserve Nopiming’s nature and wilderness. Please take the time to read it here, and then write a letter to government asking them to implement these recommendations.

Write your letter now!


Photo: Moose in Nopiming Provincial Park, Manitoba (Eric Reder).

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