Announcement to protect our Provincial Park!
Aug. 01, 2008
Provinces protect wilderness area
Manitoba and Ontario joined forces today to protect a 9,400 square-kilometre wilderness area that straddles both provinces.Manitoba's Natural Resources Minister Stan Struthers said the move is a significant step towards nominating the area as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The protected area includes Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and the Eagle-Snowshoe Conservation Reserve in Ontario and Atikaki Provincial Park and parts of Nopiming Provincial Park in Manitoba. Struthers and Ontario's Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield also said the partnership is the first in Canada between two provinces to manage such a large area from logging, mining and other development. Cansfield said a benefit of the partnership is that officials from both provinces now have a better means of studying and protecting woodland caribou. "These little critters have four feet," she said, explaining the caribou don't recognize provincial boundaries. Struthers also said the signing of an agreement between the two provinces coincided with Manitoba releasing its management plan for Atikaki Provincial Park and the Bloodvein Canadian Heritage River. That plan is another step required as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.