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The new Escarpment Habitat Protection Program is seeking landowners along the Manitoba Escarpment between the border and Riding Mountain National Park to voluntarily preserve their property, or parts of it, in its natural state in return for a one-time payment or tax receipt. The following participated in the program’s announcement July 8 at Alexander Ridge Park on the escarpment west of Miami, Man.: Tatiana Moroz (l), Manitoba Forestry Association, Kristen Malec, Manitoba Forestry Association, Tim Sopuck, CEO, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, Murray Seymour, chair, Pembina Valley Conservation District, Candice Bergen, MP Portage Lisgar and minister of state for social development, Roy Wood, chair, La Salle Redboine Conservation District, Justin Reid, manager, La Salle Redboine Conservation District and Cliff Greenfield, manager Pembina Valley Conservation District.

VIDEO: New voluntary program to protect Manitoba Escarpment

Participating landowners can still pasture livestock, produce hay, cut firewood and hunt, 
but they can’t burn, break or drain the land

A new voluntary program will offer financial incentives to encourage landowners to protect and restore the Manitoba Escarpment’s natural cover in perpetuity. The goal is not only to conserve flora and fauna providing esthetic benefits, but improve downstream water quality and reduce flooding and costly damage to infrastructure, Cliff Greenfield, manager of the Pembina Valley

Volunteers along with a number of cattle industry members participated in serving up Canadian beef to military families at CFB Shilo.

Steaks for Soldiers holds final event at CFB Shilo

It has been a big beefy thanks to Canadian Forces 
from the country’s cattle producers

After five years, 11 events and 17,000 steaks served, the Steaks for Soldiers campaign wrapped up with its final event May 9 in CFB Shilo. The Canadian Cattleman’s Association (CCA) first initiated the event in 2007 after the first troop rotation returned home from Afghanistan. The CCA sponsored 1,700 steaks to be served to the


Long-term planning means planning not just for flooding, but the inevitable years when dry spells will mean water is in short supply, said speakers at the November 12-14 planning conference for the formation of the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative.

‘Disaster by design’ wreaks flood havoc on the Prairies

Meeting participants agreed the only way forward is to collaborate on a plan

Some have coined the term “disaster by design” to capture how severe weather now impacts those farming and living on the Prairies. But improved long-term planning for times of excess and drought can reduce our vulnerability to the latter, said speakers at the inaugural Assiniboine River Basin Initiative conference in Regina earlier this month. “One

Support for Assiniboine River water commission grows

Stakeholders will meet again at November convention in Regina to formalize organization

The push to create a water commission for the Assiniboine River Basin is gaining momentum following the catastrophic flooding in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan this spring. “This ongoing (flooding) event has certainly heightened awareness of the need for a basin-wide agency,” said Wanda McFadyen, who was hired by the Prairie Improvement Network to manage

Summer flood bulletin #25

Province of Manitoba – Flood Response The Manitoba government, municipalities and other partners continue to work together on flood recovery efforts in western Manitoba. Early estimates indicate that flood response and repairs will exceed $200 million.  This does not include agricultural losses as they continue to be assessed. The provincial state of emergency continues for


The legend of John Ramsay: kindness in the face of tragedy

Betsey Ramsay’s grave lies near the long-deserted settlement of Sandy Bar in the RM of Bifrost

Timeworn and solitary, the marble gravestone surrounded by picket fence lies in a hayfield overlooking the Lake Winnipeg shoreline about five km. east of Riverton. Its chiselled inscription, in a strange mixture of script and print fonts, reads: “IN Memory of BETSEY. Beloved Wife of JOHN RUMSAY. WHO DIED September 1876. Aged 35 years.” Lone

Farmers, government spar over use of Portage Diversion

The channel ‘park-in’ demonstration by Lake Manitoba farmers and landowners 
was aimed at bringing attention to the government’s handling of 2011 flood

A protest by 60 fed-up Lake Manitoba-area farmers and landowners at the Portage Diversion April 29 was still making waves this week as organizers prepared for a court hearing into the province’s injunction against them. Kevin Yuill, who farms about 3,000 acres north of Portage la Prairie, organized the event that saw tractors and heavy

Flood review makes recommendations but assigns no blame

Lake Manitoba flooding might have occurred without the use 
of the Portage Diversion, according to the authors 
of a report on the 2011 flood

Those looking for a clear answer on what caused flooding around Lake Manitoba in 2011 won’t find it in the newly released Manitoba 2011 Flood Review. Completed in conjunction with a regulation review of Lake St. Martin and Lake Manitoba, the report makes 126 recommendations, including the construction of a second permanent outlet structure for


Province sued over 2011 flooding

Residents say province’s bid to protect Winnipeg by diverting water into 
Lake Manitoba greatly increased the damage they suffered

A group of frustrated Lake Manitoba residents is suing the province for $260 million for what they say was the artificial flooding of their homes, cottages and property in 2011. “That was a man-made flood, and it was a government decision that caused it,” said Fred Pisclevich, one of the plaintiffs hoping the lawsuit will

Ice breaking top priority in flood fight

Dry soil and low river and lake levels will help — but a quick melt and more precipitation are the big worries now

The provincial government says flooding shouldn’t be as bad as in 2011, but in many areas it may come down to the effectiveness of its ice-breaking efforts. “We could be into a very rapid melt during which that American water, or water in our tributaries, could meet up against solid ice,” said Steve Topping, director