Manitoba Wildlands Campaign Office
Canadian Nature Federation
412-63 Albert Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 1G4
Phone : 204-944-9593 Fax: 204-947-3076 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Release 8:30 AM May 30, 2002
Manitoba Protected Areas Stalled
The Canadian Nature Federation released its annual assessment
of Manitoba's protected areas actions today. Dropping from a C - last year,
Manitoba receives a D grade for not acting on its protected areas
commitments. "Manitoba led the country in the proportion of our province
protected from development during the l990s. Now Manitoba has stalled,"
said Gaile Whelan Enns, Manitoba Wildlands Campaign director.
Annual Grade Drops Again
"The government renewed and made significant new commitments for establishment
of protected areas this year. However, they are not making protected areas
decisions. Instead, the government appears intent on a variety of development
decisions. The government's own public policy regarding protected areas
is clear and action is overdue."
"We want to congratulations the Sayisi Dene community at Tadoule Lake
and the community of Churchill for their support to move Caribou River Park
Reserve to permanent protected status. These communities have taken a step
to take care of these northern lands for all of us."
The Conservation First principle, as outlined by World Wildlife Fund Canada
and other conservation organizations across Canada, reflects the urgency
Canadians feel about protecting our natural lands, especially forest regions.
In Manitoba Conservation First needs to be part of all planning, and crown
The annual protected areas grade for Manitoba assesses the government of
Manitoba's actions on commitments for protected areas establishment. The
grade criteria have been in place for several years. Applied annually, the
grade measures whether the government of Manitoba is living up to its commitments
to establish protected areas.
The Manitoba protection standard prohibits logging, mining, hydroelectric
activity, or activities that cause significant alterations to habitat in
a protected area. There are well over one hundred areas of special interest
under review for protected status in Manitoba.
Contact: Gaile Whelan Enns - Call: 204-947-3400