GREATER PROTECTION FOR MANITOBA LANDS TO BE PROVIDED THROUGH PROPOSED POPLAR RIVER LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN
– – – Partnership With First Nation Important Step to Preserve East Side Boreal Forest: Blaikie
The proposed land management plan set out by Poplar River First Nation for its traditional land-use area, the first of its kind, has been presented to the province and will now go to public consultations, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced today.
“This is an historic development as the province puts into place the land-planning provisions set out in the East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act,” said Blaikie. “It is not only the local community that stands to benefit, but all Manitobans. Our modern, co-operative approach to traditional lands planning is the best way to help preserve one of our province’s greatest natural treasures for future generations.”
The Poplar River plan is one of four being developed for east side First Nations and supports the establishment of a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. The government is working in partnership with First Nations to ensure the culture, as well as the vast boreal forest, the lakes and rivers and wildlife are protected, the minister said.
“Traditional area planning is part of the Manitoba government’s commitment to protect and preserve the cultural and natural values of the area east of Lake Winnipeg,” he added. “It is a process in which First Nations play a significant role in developing and implementing strategies for the use, management and sustainable development of their traditional lands.”
The proposed Asatiwisipe Aki Traditional Use Planning Area regulation describes the boundaries of the proposed planning area and the proposed management plan that would apply to that area. In addition to establishing a permanent protected area, the plan outlines future economic development opportunities such as ecotourism.
An open house is being held to review the proposed planning area regulation and management plan from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the main floor boardroom, Southeast Resource Development Council, 360 Broadway, Winnipeg.
Comments on the proposed regulation and management plan can also be made at www.manitoba.ca/conservation(comment sheets available), by calling Manitoba Conservation at 204-945-6784 or 1-800-214-6497 (toll-free), mailing Asatiwisipe Aki Planning Area Proposal, Manitoba Conservation, Land Programs Branch, Box 38, 200 Saulteaux Cres., Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org faxing 204-945-4552.
All comments must be received no later than March 23.