On June 14, 2004 Manitoba's Premier announced additions to Manitoba's network
of protected areas - the 11,310 ha Bell and Steeprock Canyons Protected
Area, located within the Porcupine Provincial Forest, and the 15 ha Little
George Island Ecological Reserve. He also announced the extension of
interim protection for the 780,000 ha Poplar/Nanowin Rivers Park Reserve,
which is part of the traditional territory of Poplar River First Nation. An
expansion of the Rivers Provincial Park to include 50 ha of mixed
grass prairie, and protection of 4,100 ha of tall grass prairie lands owned
by the Nature Conservancy of Canada were also part of the announcement.
Although the area of new protected land announced is relatively small, the announcement
signified renewed commitment to Manitoba's Protected Areas Initiative (PAI).
Premier Doer referred to upcoming projects related to the establishment of protected
areas, including the joint Memorandum of Understanding
for establishment of the Lowlands national park. The Premier also
referred to new funds to support the continued work
of the PAI. Currently one third of Manitoba's network of protected areas is in
place across the province's natural regions.
In Manitoba protected areas are free from logging, mining, hydroelectric, oil
and gas development as well as other activities that could significantly and
adversely affect natural habitat. A protected area may be designated under any
of several laws in Manitoba. Designation of a protected area does not affect
the ability to exercise Treaty and Aboriginal rights.
View the Manitoba Government press release
View the Protected Areas Initiative web site
View the Poplar River First Nation web site
View the Manitoba Wildlands Protected Areas pages
Photo: Premier Gary Doer and Conservation Minister Stan Struthers at press conference June 14, 2004
Source: Government of Manitoba