|DESIGN & MAPPING
Potential protected areas are designed by Manitoba Conservation in order to represent key ecological features in each natural regionÍs landscape. Selected areas are mapped and become known as Areas of Special Interests (ASIs).
ASIs can also result from a nomination by a First Nation, community or industry sector.
ASIs are subject to technical review by various parties:
- Government branches with an interest in the area, such as the Forestry
Branch or Manitoba Geological Survey, review for potential land use conflicts.
- Communities in the vicinity of the ASI review and comment also. In the
case of First Nations, consent from the community.
- Industry Sectors also review ASIs. The Mining Sector has a formal process
for review and ranking of ASIs. Forestry companies, and producer groups
affected by ASIs also conduct technical review.
ASSESSMENT FOR REPRESENTATION
At all stages, ASIs are assessed to determine whether their protection adequately
represents enduring features on the landscape in the Natural Region where
the ASI is
COMMUNITY INFORMATION & CONSULTATION
As certain stages in the process, specific affected Manitoba communities are
with information about the potential protected area and given opportunity
RE-DESIGN & DECISION
Based on technical review and comments from all parties, the ASI may be re-designed.
A decision is made as to the next steps.
Note: steps may occur in different order or may be occurring at the same time.
|DESIGNATION / PROTECTION
An ASI may be protected under a Government of Manitoba regulation as a Park
Reserve. This is a temporary or ñinterimî designation for up to five years
before final designation. Protected areas in Manitoba may be any of: park,
ecological reserve, wildlife
area, or other designation with a regulation that confirms protection standards.
"In Manitoba, as a minimum, a 'protected' area must be closed by legal means
logging, mining, hydroelectric development, or any other activity that significantly
and adversely affects habitat." (Manitoba Action Plan)
Park Reserves, and other protected areas designations are mapped by the Department
of Surveys and Manitoba Conservation, throughout these stages.
CONFIRM PROTECTION/ REPRESENTATION
During interim protection, technical reviews and consultations, with
affected communities, are undertaken to confirm protected status.
review to confirm
a protected areaÍs contribution to representation of enduring features in the
Natural Region also takes place.
Final designation of a protected area is through a Government of Manitoba regulation,
under various Acts. If designation is under the Parks Act, lands within
the park may be zoned under different land use categories (LUC) that allow or
prohibit certain activities. Only LUCs that prohibit forestry, mining, hydroelectric
development, roads, and other activities disturbing to habitat are protected
areas. Protected areas permit activities such as hunting, trapping or fishing
and respect Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. Crown mineral rights are withdrawn
from protected areas.
A management plan for a protected area is developed in consultation with affected
communities, and reviewed under the Parks Act.
Once formally designated, the Government of Manitoba makes an announcement of
the creation of the new protected area. Usually, a press release is issued, and
the Government may choose to have a ceremony that acknowledges the communities
who supported protection of the area.