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Construction of a dam and water retention project at Swan Lake First Nation.

Living Labs projects wrap up first year

Going into the second year of the project, impacts already being felt

Despite a slow start, the teams behind the Living Labs — Eastern Prairies are diving into field research, says a newsletter from Manitoba Watersheds. “There have been some recent challenges with the weather and COVID-19, which have slowed us from getting into the field,” wrote researcher John Fitzmaurice in Manitoba Watersheds’ spring newsletter. “I can assure you that we

Brian (left) and Andy Sterling say the native prairie restoration along the Jackson Creek was a longtime family dream.

Native prairie restoration becomes a family dream brought to life

Tilston-area farmers partner with watershed district to boost habitat and productivity

Elgar Sterling always wondered what a portion of his farm, along the Jackson Creek, must have looked like before it met the plow. The late Tilston-area farmer often wondered aloud about that prospect, son Brian Sterling recollects. “My dad would often say, “I wonder what this land looked like when it was raw prairie?” said


Students from Carman Collegiate present on how they taught elementary aged kids about watersheds and conservation at an MCDA conference in Winnipeg on Dec. 4.

Manitoba students turn conservation teachers

High school students developed lesson plans for elementary schoolchildren

Students from Pilot Mound, Swan Valley and Carman won recognition and cash for teaching kids about watershed conservation in the first Healthy Watersheds Student Project competition. “It’s a pleasure to watch these kids,” said Cliff Greenfield, manager of Pembina Valley Conservation District as he announced the first-place winners at a Manitoba Conservation Districts Association conference on Dec. 3. The assignment asked Grade 8 to

The understanding of how landscapes offer ecological goods and services has grown and matured since the earliest ALUS projects.

Province turns to ALUS for watershed conservation lessons

The provincially announced endowment fund will produce about $2.5 million every year to pay landowners for conservation projects on their land

It’s not quite door to door, but the province’s next watershed investments will still look more to the individual landowner. The province has promised a $52-million endowment fund for the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) program, a program the province says will be based around the ALUS, or alternative land use services, model. Why it

Mound Wildlife Association recognized for efforts

The revitalized group received the PVCD 2019 conservation award

A revitalized wildlife group is the recipient of the 2019 Pembina Valley Conservation District conservation award. The Mound Wildlife Association (MWA) ceased operation in 2000 after a 15-year run but was revived in 2015, with an emphasis on youth involvement. An inaugural free Kids Fishing Derby in 2015 attracted 24 participants to Goudney Reservoir for


Burrowing owl.

For the birds

Ranchers and prairie grassland birds have something in common: they’re both endangered species

Home on Manitoba’s range, there are some discouraging words, especially when talk turns to bird habitat and populations. At a recent meeting in Winnipeg that flagged the importance of conservationists supporting the beef sector and their record of preserving habitat, it soon became clear that stemming the decline of forage-based beef production in the province

Over 1,000 species, including mammals, birds, amphibians and plant species, many of which can’t exist in any other type of habitat, make their homes on Canadian rangelands particularly livestock grazing operations.

Conservationists should support beef sector

Land use and habitat index values 
for beef cattle production and 
other agricultural areas in Canada

Cattle producers and conservationists need to team up to defeat the perception beef is bad for the environment. Unless they do so, both sides risk losing ground. Why it matters: The conservation community and the cattle sector in Canada must put their differences aside and start telling consumers about the environmental benefits of eating beef.

Opinion: Celebrate World Wetlands Day

February 2 is a day to remember the vital ecological importance of these distinct ecosystems

February 2, 2019, is World Wetlands Day celebrating the signing of the Ramsar Convention in Iran in 1971 where the purpose was to recognize the importance of wetlands to society. So what’s the big deal about wetlands? To start, we know that wetlands are considered to be a vital part of the Manitoba prairie landscape.


Geospatial analyst Chigo Ibeh reviews a land-cover map of Baltimore at the office of the Chesapeake Conservancy in Annapolis, Maryland.


Can artificial intelligence aid conservation mapping?

Microsoft is betting it can speed up this labour-intensive process with modern tools

Thomson Reuters Foundation – In December 2016, environmental group Chesapeake Conservancy unveiled one of the largest, high-resolution land-cover maps made in the United States. It analyzed every square metre of satellite data in the 207 cities and counties that touch the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay on the U.S. eastern seaboard. The bay, North America’s

The proposed watershed districts.

New era begins for conservation districts in 2019

Amalgamations will reduce the number of conservation districts from 18 to 14, hereafter to be called watershed districts

Big changes are ahead in 2019 for Manitoba’s conservation districts. The current 18 existing entities are merging into 14, afterward to be called watershed districts, and given expanded mandates for water management. New boundaries and name changes will be just part of a broad array of changes made to the program, as the provincial government