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.
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.
The provincial government was seeking public comments on the plan until the deadline on November 30th, 2015, but you may still submit your letter as it will be copied to Manitoba's Premier and Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship.
Photo: Moose in Nopiming Provincial Park, Manitoba (Eric Reder).