Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

December 17, 2014 16:54 ET

Whiteshell Expansion a Boost for Boreal Conservation

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Dec. 17, 2014) - Manitobans can be proud today as the province protected 23,325 hectares of boreal forest by expanding the boundaries of Whiteshell Provincial Park and increasing the level of protection the park offers.

Expanding the park by 2,950 hectares will connect it with Whitemouth Bog Ecological Reserve and Whitemouth Bog Wildlife Management Area. Another 20,375 hectares within its original boundaries will receive a higher level of protection, setting them aside from industrial development.

"DUC would like to thank Minister Mackintosh and the government for taking this next important step towards conservation today," said Chris Smith, DUC's head of boreal conservation programs. "Creating these networks of protected areas is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the province's boreal forest and its wetlands."

As many as 1.6 million waterfowl use Manitoba's boreal wetlands and waterways to nest and raise their young each year. DUC congratulates the provincial government for enhancing the protection of our vital boreal forest.

"Manitoba has a responsibility to conserve Canada's boreal forest and is emerging as a leader in balancing protection and sustainable development," said Smith.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at www.ducks.ca.

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