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.
The Manitoba government’s deadline to make a decision on the permanent protection of nine islands in Lake Winnipegosis is tomorrow, Wednesday December 14th. Grand, Pemmican and Goose Islands have been temporarily protected as park reserves since 2001 to conserve wildlife and ecosystems in the Manitoba Lowlands Natural Region. Potential mineral interests on Pemmican Island have drawn concern from CPAWS.
STONEWALL, Manitoba (June 12, 2012)
The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board (BQCMB) is alarmed that mineral exploration is being allowed in the heart of the Qamanirjuaq caribou
calving ground, and is calling for cancellation of existing permits, a review of the situation, and action to make sure the same situation isn’t allowed to occur again. – Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board News Release