Immediate Release: Dec 16, 2014
Yesterday, Manitoba added 23,325 hectares of lands and waters to its protected areas network by expanding the boundaries of Whiteshell Provincial Park and increasing protection of areas within the original boundaries.
The addition of 2950 hectares of new protected lands will join Whiteshell Park to the Whitemouth Bog Ecological Reserve and Whitemouth Bog Wildlife Management Area. Within the original boundaries, 20,375 hectares was changed from a zone that allows industrial developments to a zone that prohibits them.
“This is a great day for the many Manitobans who treasure the Whiteshell and for the wildlife that make it their home,” said Ron Thiessen, executive director of CPAWS’ Manitoba chapter. “We’re pleased with the ecology based approach that was used in establishing the expanded park boundary.”
CPAWS believes this step is a good reminder of the opportunity we have to produce a plan, developed with an inclusive approach, for the boreal forest region of Manitoba that would balance sustainable developments with conservation.
The Whiteshell Provincial Park, located near the southwest corner of Manitoba, is one of our most visited parks and is a sanctuary to a wide array of wildlife including moose, deer, bear, eagles, owls, ducks, and songbirds.
For more information, contact Ron Thiessen, 204 794 4971 or [email protected]