STONEWALL, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2012) - Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is pleased and encouraged that the Government of Manitoba is making a bold commitment toward enhancing the protection of Manitoba's precious wetlands. TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan which was announced today by the province, recognizes the value of wetlands, including marshes and ponds, and the benefits they provide to all Manitobans. This eight year vision will also serve as a discussion piece to encourage Manitobans to share their ideas, thoughts, and concerns on how the government can sustainably protect and move the province forward.
"Ducks Unlimited Canada applauds the Premier for his leadership in committing to the long-term conservation of our wetlands and wildlife," said Scott Stephens, director of regional operations for DUC in prairie Canada. "This new plan is both comprehensive and integrated as it provides mechanisms for added protection to prairie, coastal and boreal wetlands. By committing to the protection of wetlands and the benefits they provide, the Manitoba government is making an investment in the environment, which will benefit future generations and contribute to the overall prosperity of the province."
As indicated in the strategy, the government will implement new protection for prairie pothole wetlands, coastal marshes along Manitoba's large lakes, as well as the achievement of substantial restoration at Delta and Netley-Libau marshes by 2020. The Plan also offers protection for the boreal forest and Manitoba's peatlands, which would include a new Manitoba Boreal Plan to ensure protection and sustainable development of the boreal, as well as Canada's first comprehensive peatland stewardship strategy.
Additional protection of these critical resources will not only yield numerous ecological functions, but will provide immense economic and social benefits for all Manitobans as well. Wetlands provide habitat crucial for waterfowl, as well as over 600 species of plants and animals. They also improve water quality in our lakes and rivers, mitigate flooding, increase drought resilience and store carbon, which helps offset climate change. All of these ecological services impact and greatly benefit Manitobans.
The Government of Manitoba is asking for input from the public on this new strategy. DUC is encouraging all Manitobans to speak out and promote wetlands through this process to ensure they are protected for generations to come. DUC looks forward to being engaged in this process and will offer our expertise in wetland conservation going forward.
For more information on TomorrowNow, please visit www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan.
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 ducks.ca.