Recent Updates from the Manitoba Field Office

13 weeks 26 min ago

December 4, 2014

Images of reindeer and snowy evergreens are a memorable part of our seasonal celebrations, and they’re springing up all around us right now. This leads me to think about our reindeer cousins right here in Manitoba – the woodland caribou – and my recent journeys this past summer into the caribou’s winter home.

18 weeks 1 day ago

October 29, 2014

When I tell people about Manitoba, of the wondrous nature that I know and cherish, I speak about my time in the wilderness of Nopiming Provincial Park. My stories all feature a quiet, out-of-the-way lake or rocky ridge, where I find wild solitude and immerse myself in a web of boreal trees and shrubs, flowers and moss and lichen. Occasionally a moose feeding in the river or a lynx prowling through the forest make exciting additions to my accounts. The peace and solace offered by nature is readily available in Nopiming Provincial Park.

The Manitoba government has begun a process to produce a management plan for Nopiming Provincial Park. Since the park was designated in 1976, Nopiming has never had a comprehensive public plan – but it is definitely needed.

20 weeks 23 hours ago

October 15, 2014

The Wilderness Committee is congratulating Skownan First Nation and the Manitoba government for protecting the Chitek Lake region as the new 1,003-square kilometre Chitek Lake Provincial Park.

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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

Give Manitoba’s reindeer cousins a safe winter home

Write a letter!

As images of reindeer and snowy evergreens appear as part of our seasonal celebrations, it’s time to care for the reindeer cousins right here in Manitoba – the woodland caribou.

Of the 15 caribou ranges in Manitoba, the Owl-Flintstone range around Nopiming Provincial Park is the most at risk. The Wilderness Committee has proposed a new protected area adjacent to Nopiming Provincial Park, called the Nopiming-Owl Lake Caribou Protected Area, based upon the habitat area and proposal identified in the government’s 2011 Manitoba Draft Action Plan for this caribou range.

There have been many strategy documents published by governments over the last few years, but little on-the-ground action. All the strategies say the same thing: these shy forest icons need large tracts of undisturbed forest to thrive. So let’s give it to them!

You can help by taking this simple step right now: write a letter and tell the Manitoba government to give the Owl-Flintstone caribou the gift of a protected winter home, just like they called for in 2011.

Click here to write your letter now >>

To read more about the woodland caribou and our expeditions into winter caribou habitat, check out this blog post. To view a map of the proposed protected area, click here.

 


Photo: Caribou (Jakob Dulisse).

 

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