December 2, 2009

36 Projects Receive over $567,000 in Funding Support Including
Conference on Caribou, Protection of Traditional Lands, Research
on Bats and Skinks

Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie today announced provincial
funding support of $567,702 for 36 projects around Manitoba
through the Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF).

“Manitobans are doing their part to protect the environment and
improve the quality of life within their communities,” Blaikie
said. “The 36 approved projects are all part of the overall goal
to incorporate sustainable development practices into unique and
innovative activities that will protect, enhance, conserve and
rehabilitate Manitoba’s environment for today and the future.”

The SDIF helps fund a wide range of projects from research
studies and demonstrations of new technology to community
enhancement and environmental awareness across a number of
education, non-government and government organizations.  Other
targeted funding programs under the SDIF are the Waste Reduction
and Pollution Prevention Fund, Environmental Youth Corps,
Manitoba Climate Change Action Fund and the Water Stewardship

More information on these programs is available at

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  • Bird Studies Canada – $20,000   for a series of surveys of the golden-winged warbler in Manitoba.
  • Brandon University, department   of biology – $22,000 for the second year of a research study on endangered   prairie skink habitat in southwestern Manitoba.
  • Centre for Indigenous Environmental   Resources – $20,000 to conduct research on species at risk on traditional   lands at Lake Manitoba First Nation and to develop awareness and knowledge   of the existence and habitat needs of species at risk.
  • City of Thompson – $25,000   to develop a sustainable community plan that provides a clear vision,  goals and priorities for the future development and growth of the community.
  • City of Winnipeg, Naturalist   Services Branch – $10,000 to study the possibility of converting low-quality   natural areas to native warm-season grass and converting the harvested   grass into pellets for use as a fuel source to heat buildings.
  • City of Winnipeg, Naturalist   Services Branch – $18,500 for the restoration of 7.5 hectares of degraded   grassland in a high-traffic area of Winnipeg’s south end to increase   awareness of prairie conservation efforts.
  • Entomological Society of Manitoba   – $8,372 to host a joint meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba   and the Entomological Society of Canada to showcase cutting-edge research   in the field of bee virology.
  • Growing Local Productions   – $25,000 to produce an educational documentary film on the Mel Johnson   School gardening project in Wabowden.  The video will assist in promoting   health, environmental and social sustainability through education on   healthy nutritive food production and consumption in northern Manitoba.
  • International Institute for   Sustainable Development – $10,000 to implement a sustainable development   training program designed to enhance the ability of young professionals   to be effective stewards of sustainability.
  • Invasive Species Council of   Manitoba – $25,000 to establish a Manitoba Early Detection and Rapid   Response network to report new invaders or infestations.
  • Kraus Global Inc. – $20,000   to design a wireless car-metering device for use in parking lots equipped   with electrical outlets for block heaters or plug-in electric hybrids   to track power consumption of individual automobiles.
  • Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern   Affairs – $5,000 to host two regional Aboriginal women’s gatherings   in preparation for the National Aboriginal Women’s Summit, intended   to address environmental, social and economic issues facing Aboriginal   women.
  • Manitoba Agriculture, Food,  and Rural Initiatives – $10,000 to implement a series of horticulture   programs aimed at inner-city neighbourhoods and immigrant communities   intended to help achieve food self-sufficiency and consumer awareness   on local food.
  • Manitoba Forage Council –  $2,000 to host a conference in Russell on holistic management in agricultural   practices to improve production, generate financial strength, build   diversity and enhance the environment.
  • Manitoba Forage Council –  $2,000 to host a conference in Brandon on sustainable livestock management   practices.
  • Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak/Manitoba   Aboriginal and Northern Affairs – $25,000 for the Northern Manitoba   Rangers Program to provide basic awareness about employability and training   for Aboriginal youth in northern Manitoba’s mining, forestry and energy   sectors.
  • Manitoba Naturalists Society   (Nature Manitoba) – $25,000 to continue the Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative,  building knowledge on populations and measures to reverse perceived   declines.
  • Manitoba-North Dakota Zero   Tillage Farmers Association – $5,000 to develop the third in a series   of manuals to promote and expand zero-till farming in Manitoba and North   Dakota.
  • Manitoba Science Academy –  $5,000 for a summer program for high-school students in environmental   and conservational science research.
  • North American Caribou Workshop   Steering Committee – $10,000 to host the 13th North American   Caribou Workshop in Winnipeg that will provide opportunities to exchange   knowledge and experience with leading experts.
  • Park West School Division   – $13,000 to design an outdoor education curriculum for middle-year students   with hands-on experiential learning in and around Riding Mountain National   Park.
  • SEED Winnipeg Inc. – $25,000   for an Aboriginal youth training program providing opportunities to   successfully deliver sustainable tourism adventures and provide guiding   services for hunting and fishing lodges.
  • Sonics and Sojourns – $2,500   for the second annual Fall Festival in Onanole, to provide information   on packaging, marketing and environmental sustainability issues.
  • Sustainability and Education   Academy – $18,000 to host a seminar and workshops on creating a culture   of sustainable development for the kindergarten to Grade 12 education   system.
  • The Ways of Our People Mentoring   Program – $10,000 to establish a mentorship and training program for   Peguis First Nation youth aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge   of traditional environmental practices.
  • University of Manitoba, department   of entomology – $15,000 for research on natural enemies of mosquitoes   to control mosquito populations.
  • University of Manitoba, department   of environment and geography – $25,000 for a study assessing the success   rate of peregrine falcons produced in urban centres and captive or managed   sources using satellite tracking technology.  The study will contribute   to the long-term recovery strategy of this endangered species.
  • University of Manitoba, department   of mechanical engineering – $12,180 to continue research into wind energy   as an alternative fuel with the installation of a five-kilowatt wind-energy   system at the university’s Eco-Village.
  • University of Manitoba, department   of mechanical engineering – $15,150 to research vegetable oils and diesel   fuel injectors.
  • University of Manitoba, department   of soil science – $25,000 to conduct a study of manure in soils.
  • University of Manitoba, Natural   Resources Institute – $25,000 for year two of a research study on the   effects of cattle grazing on prairie bird community areas.  The loss   of prairies has been a leading cause of the dramatic declines observed   in most species of prairie birds.
  • University of Manitoba, Natural   Resources Institute – $25,000 for a two-year study on the yellow rail,  a prairie bird listed as a species of special concern due to significant   population declines.
  • University of Winnipeg, Centre   for Forest Interdisciplinary Research – $18,000 for the third year of   a study to determine potential impacts of wind power on forest bat populations   in Manitoba.
  • University of Winnipeg, department   of biology – $25,000 for a program to increase populations of the burrowing   owl, which is listed as both federally and provincially endangered.
  • University of Winnipeg, department   of biology – $16,000 to compare growth, resilience to climate change   and contribution to regional biodiversity of plantations and natural   stands of red and jack pine, and white spruce in southeast Manitoba.
  • Wawanesa School – $5,000 to   expand the school’s drafting design program for high-school students   by incorporating real world projects, such as evaluating trailers for   wind-drag calculations and calculating the fuel efficiency of various   trailer designs.

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