Manitoban Boreal Forest

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is cheering the January 11th announcement that a large area of Manitoba’s Boreal Forest will be protected.

boreal forestThe vast area on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to the Bloodvein First Nation. They worked with the province to develop a land use plan that is now officially solidified into legislation.

“Congratulations to Bloodvein First Nation for their hard work and determination to safeguard part of the world’s largest intact section of Boreal Forest. We also applaud the Manitoba government, environmental groups, and Manitoba citizens for supporting large-scale wilderness protection in the region,” said an exuberant Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Manitoba chapter of CPAWS.

CPAWS has been managing a provincial campaign that educated and mobilized thousands of Manitobans who voiced their support for protection of the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

“This is a great day in Manitoba history,” Thiessen added. “CPAWS is proud to work with all involved to permanently protect the web of life in our great Boreal wilderness.”

This is an important announcement because the Boreal is the world’s largest source of fresh water and the northern lungs of our planet. With only about 1/5th of our world’s original forests remaining intact, protecting the region on the east side of Lake Winnipeg has positive environmental implications across our globe, wrote CPAWS.

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