There is finally hope the Manitoba government will act to protect threatened caribou after a decade of delays. Answer a quick survey to help.
Eight years. That’s how long it’s been since the Manitoba government missed its first self-imposed deadline to protect our threatened caribou. A federal deadline came and went nearly a year ago. To make matters worse, the province still has not even scheduled key consultations. And our sources indicate that the province’s end-of-2018 deadline may also slip by with no plans in place.
Conservation of vast complexes of undisturbed boreal wetlands and forests needs to be top priority because if the carbon they hold is disturbed and released into the atmosphere, it would accelerate climate change. These complexes are also critical as natural flood mitigation infrastructure necessary for adapting to the impacts of a changing climate.
As of this month, the province of Manitoba has received over 21,000 petitions and letters collected in the province that call for stronger efforts to protect and recover threatened boreal woodland caribou. The correspondences, facilitated by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), were delivered in advance of yesterday’s federal deadline for provinces and territories to outline recovery actions for woodland caribou ranges.
CPAWS Manitoba is always thrilled to receive invitations from educators and students to join them in the classroom and discuss boreal conservation in Manitoba. The experience is often both humbling and energizing. This proved to be the case when we were fortunate enough to meet with the enthusiastic grade 3 & 4 students in Mme. Annette Danis’ French Immersion class at École Riverview.
Today, the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released the results of its all-party provincial election questionnaire. The responses are to inform voters of party positions on issues related to the future health of the vast Boreal ecosystem of Manitoba, which covers 80% of the province