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Logging Banned in Manitoba Provincial Parks

  • Published on Nov 26 2008 |
  • This article is tagged as: manitoba

After years of campaigns and tens of thousands of letters from citizens, the provincial government has finally announced an end to industrial logging in provincial parks. Approximately 550,000 ha, or an area 14 times the size of Winnipeg, will now be protected from commercial forestry in Manitoba.

CPAWS Manitoba Executive Director, Ron Thiessen, spoke alongside Premier Gary Doer and Conservation Minister Stan Struthers at the Legislative building on Friday, November 21st.

“Our parks are spectacular areas,” said Thiessen. “They’re for recreation, education, for future generations to enjoy and of course, to protect our wilderness and wildlife.”

“For the many of us who have dedicated countless hours toward this outcome, and for all Manitobans, this is a huge victory for conservation,” stated a jubilant Thiessen.

Effective April 1, 2009, industrial logging will be illegal in 79 out of 80 provincial parks, including all future parks. According to the province, “the complexity of agreements with commercial harvesters in Duck Mountain Provincial Park will not allow operations to end at this time.”