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  • » MANITOBA MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PROVINCIAL PARKS | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    be active and this anniversary year gives Manitobans another reason to celebrate their parks said Blaikie Diversity provides park users with a variety of outdoor experiences including day trips to the beach modern fully serviced campgrounds and remote experiences To mark this occasion Manitobans and visitors are asked to share their favourite park memories by submitting photos and short stories to a 50th anniversary contest There will also be a number of special 50th anniversary interpretive events across the province Details on events and contests will be available at the link to the 50th anniversary web page at www manitobaparks com Again this year entry to provincial parks is free all year long and no park vehicle pass is required Manitoba s parks feature spectacular natural environments unique cultural sites sandy beaches and clear waters said Blaikie Our parks provide a variety of experiences in life s great outdoors The parks provide recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a natural setting such as camping boating and hiking Reserving a campsite can be done electronically or by telephone through the state of the art Parks Reservation System The provincial park system captures Manitoba s geographical diversity as well from Caribou River Provincial Park along the Nunavut Territory boundary near Hudson Bay south to Turtle Mountain and Pembina Valley Provincial Parks along the U S border There are Duck Mountain and Grass River Parks to the west and Whiteshell Nopiming and Atikaki Parks to the east Parks also offer unique heritage sites such as the interpretive site depicting the fur trading era at Captain Kennedy House at River Road Provincial Park Métis heritage at St Norbert Provincial Park and Pinawa Dam Provincial Park which commemorates the first dam to produce year round electricity in Manitoba In 1961 Grand Beach Duck Mountain

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/450/manitoba-marks-50th-anniversary-of-provincial-parks (2016-02-09)
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  • » PIMACHIOWIN AKI WORLD HERITAGE FUND ACT INTRODUCED | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Manitoba Government News Release Province Would Commit 10 Million for Fund to Protect Pristine Boreal Environment Blaikie The province continues its commitment to protect more than 40 000 square kilometres of boreal forest on the east side of Lake Winnipeg with a 10 million fund which would be established through the proposed Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Fund Act Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie said today after introducing the legislation The Pimachiowin Aki Corporation continues its hard work towards a UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination said Blaikie The act includes a proposed fund to generate income to be used for programs and initiatives that protect promote and celebrate the natural and cultural features of the area and support the operation of a world heritage site through fundraising activities Part of the revenue earned from investment will be dedicated to providing direct benefits to First Nation communities by funding community driven projects that are related to a world heritage site The legislation would also allow the province to enter into an agreement with Pimachiowin Aki Corporation and the Winnipeg Foundation to manage and administer the fund The Pimachiowin Aki Corporation is led by the Poplar River Little Grand Rapids Pauingassi Bloodvein River and

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/448/pimachiowin-aki-world-heritage-fund-act-introduced (2016-02-09)
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  • » Conservation spending takes a hit | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    for environmentalists and that had them feeling blue The Conservation Department saw its budget cut by 5 4 per cent placing it squarely in the category of the spending priority have nots The environment is not a luxury it s something that we need to take care of in good times and in bad said Ron Thiessen Manitoba director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society In her budget speech Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk listed several government environmental initiatives but few of them were new The government will eliminate the sales tax on shredded tires used in municipal road construction to encourage the use of recycled products It will also invest an untold amount to reduce the amount of methane released from landfills in Winnipeg and Brandon And it will green its building codes to improve water and energy efficiency in new homes and buildings Eric Reder Manitoba director with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee said Manitoba s parks are already underfunded compared with other western provinces And Tuesday s budget is not going to improve matters For us to lower the amount that we re funding Conservation we re definitely going in the wrong direction there he said We re going to see things suffer Reder was hoping for a signal in the budget that the province planned to make good on a promise some time ago to protect five wilderness areas by 2010 It s already designated two But there was no mention of it by the government Tuesday Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie said he didn t enjoy seeing his department s budget cut but it was something the government had to do in tough economic times We made some decisions to spend more on health care and in order to do that in the current environment it

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/441/conservation-spending-takes-a-hit (2016-02-09)
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  • » Stand Firm Manitoba: Protect the Heart of the Boreal and Say No to an Industrial Transmission Line | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    that the bulk of this untouched wilderness of emerald forests marshes lakes and rivers is recognized for its ecological and cultural values It means no industrial transmission line in a part of the province where the wilderness values are so high Manitoba has made an interesting choice around placement of the transmission line and one that should resonate in the United States as well Our need for energy is often in conflict with our need to protect special places Manitoba decided that the Heart of the Boreal region was so valuable that it was worth paying more to put the industrial transmission line elsewhere In fact what I suspect Manitoba realized is that developed corridors should always be preferred over wildlands Even if the cost appears to be greater in reality developers usually fail to include the cost of the controversies that accompany efforts to build in untouched places These can include special mitigation measures delays litigation and the need for additional public relations and outreach all of which cost money This is a lesson to learn from as we face conflicts over how to get energy to the markets where it is needed The on the face monetary cost of a project is not the only thing to consider ecological and cultural values of the land should be considered equally with other aspects of where a transmission line goes The international environmental community has long supported the efforts of local First Nations communities to establish a World Heritage Site in this region called Pimachiowin Aki The site would span 10 6 million acres in Manitoba and Ontario and encompass two provincial parks in addition to First Nations traditional territories A hydropower transmission line through this region would seriously jeopardize the World Heritage Site nomination Already several years ago NRDC

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/427/stand-firm-manitoba-protect-the-heart-of-the-boreal-and-say-no-to-an-industrial-transmission-line (2016-02-09)
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  • » Forestry firms, environmental groups reach logging deal » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    the Land of the Sleeping Giant An Interview with Liz Esquega Thomas Beaudry View all stories The Project About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation E Mail Forestry firms environmental groups reach logging deal To A Friend Email a copy of Forestry firms environmental groups reach logging deal to a friend Required Field Your Name Your E Mail Your Remark Friend

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/488/forestry-firms-environmental-groups-reach-logging-deal/email/ (2016-02-09)
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  • » MANITOBA WELCOMES, SUPPORTS CANADA EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIR IN ARCTIC GEO-MICROBIOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Interview with Liz Esquega Thomas Beaudry View all stories The Project About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation E Mail MANITOBA WELCOMES SUPPORTS CANADA EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIR IN ARCTIC GEO MICROBIOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE To A Friend Email a copy of MANITOBA WELCOMES SUPPORTS CANADA EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIR IN ARCTIC GEO MICROBIOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE to a friend Required Field Your

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/486/manitoba-research-chair-climate-change/email/ (2016-02-09)
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  • » Conservation minister speaks about Manitoba’s east side opportunity » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    of the Sleeping Giant An Interview with Liz Esquega Thomas Beaudry View all stories The Project About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation E Mail Conservation minister speaks about Manitoba s east side opportunity To A Friend Email a copy of Conservation minister speaks about Manitoba s east side opportunity to a friend Required Field Your Name Your E Mail Your

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/476/conservation-minister-speaks-about-manitobas-east-side-opportunity/email/ (2016-02-09)
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  • » In the News | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    the longest growing seasons the trees actually took up the least carbon dioxide they found The reason it appears is that longer growing seasons were caused by shallower winter snow pack and trees depended heavily on water from snow melt to support photosynthesis The results reported in Global Change Biology don t apply to all ecosystems For instance other research has suggested that boreal forests do increase their carbon uptake with longer growing seasons But the study doesn t bode well for the mountainous Western Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Fisher River provincial park benefits could total 38 million report By Heather Robbins The Fisher River Cree Nation could see a net gain of 38 million annually if the province approves new boundaries for the proposed Fisher Bay Provincial Park according to a study released by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society CPAWS The study conducted by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources a national non profit First Nation directed group found Fisher River would lose more than 2 million in logging and guided hunting industry revenue through the park s creation but would gain slightly less than 40 million through tourism spending cottage and other ecological industries The results of this study were more extreme than we expected said Ron Thiessen CPAWS Manitoba executive director The benefits of the provincial park if it s designated as we ve proposed would be 18 times greater than if the area were harvested for logging mining and non Aboriginal hunting That s a huge increase The report based its economic benefit estimates on Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Bloodvein band joins UNESCO bid Bloodvein First Nation is joining four other east side bands in a bid for a UNESCO World Heritage site The band located 210 kilometres north of Winnipeg on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is adding about half its traditional territory to the protected area which is already the size of Belgium The four bands Poplar River Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids in Manitoba and Pikangikum in Ontario are preparing a bid due in 2012 to turn a huge swath of virgin boreal forest into a UNESCO site The hope is that will protect their traditional areas from development and also attract tourists Like the other four bands Bloodvein is in the process of creating a land use plan for its territory which will determine exactly which parts of Bloodvein s land will be included in the UNESCO bid city desk freepress mb ca Posted in In the News No Comments Bloodvein River supports protection of boreal forest Chris Kornacki Bloodvein River First Nation has become an active member of Pimachiowin Aki Corp joining with four other First Nations to have a portion of the Manitoba Ontario boreal forest designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site The four other First Nations are Pikangikum Poplar River Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids Bloodvein River s decision

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/category/news/page/9 (2016-02-09)
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