The governments of Canada and Manitoba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) respecting the establishment of a national park in the Interlake region of Manitoba, March 19, 2004. The MOU commits the two governments to work together to conclude consultations and negotiations for a national park establishment agreement by May 2005. Signatory to the MOU are the Honourable Gary Doer, Premier of Manitoba, along with the Honourable David Anderson, Minister of the Environment.
A national park in Manitoba's Interlake (between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis) would protect important features of the Manitoba Lowlands Natural Region not yet represented in the national park system of Canada. The national park would also be part of Manitoba's network of protected areas, and contribute to regional representation in the provincial system of protected areas. Suggested Lowlands national park boundaries and mapping reflect recommendations from Canadian Nature Federation and WWF Canada technical reports in 1996 and 1999. Boreal forest areas, important habitat for species such as woodland caribou, migratory birds and elk moose, shoreline and wetlands along Lake Winnipeg, critical fish spawning areas, and karst landforms are some of the important landscape features that would be represented by the park.
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Source: Government of Canada