Conservation

Protecting Boreal Forest

Forward-looking environmental protection is just what this country needs in order to thrive in years to come. Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger along with the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation are being recognized by top executives of major environmental groups for their innovative strategy to secure UNESCO World Heritage status for the Pimachiowin Aki site. According to Nature Canada, the project aims to protect over 40,000 kilometres of Canada’s precious Boreal Forest from the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg into northern Ontario.

pine and spruce treesLeisure magazine further explains that the proposed Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site Project incorporates the traditional lands of First Nations and protected areas in Ontario and Manitoba such as two large wilderness provincial parks. Indeed, the boreal lands that make up the Pimachiowin site are diverse, critical habitats where thousands of species reside. The Pimachiowin describe the area as home to one of the largest herds of endangered Woodland caribou south of Hudson Bay and one of the largest intact forest and wetland ecosystems remaining on earth.

Efforts to prevent industrial development in the area through the UNESCO World Heritage bid could be in danger, however. A proposed hydro transmission corridor could cut through the forested Pimachiowin Aki site rather than along the official preferred route west of Lake Winnipeg, reports Nature Canada. Pimachiowin and Selinger continue to fight in order to protect one of the last truly uncultivated places in Canada. They will be awarded the Environmental Leadership Award by various environmental groups and will hopefully inspire others to stand up for life, wilderness and heritage.

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