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From left, landowner Stephani McLean, Doyle Piwniuk, MLA for Turtle Mountain, landowner Don McLean, Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development Blaine Pedersen, Tim Sopuck, CEO Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation CEO, Premier Brian Pallister and Pembina Valley Watershed District chair Bill Howatt.

No such thing as “marginal” land

What’s important is putting it to its best use

There’s no such thing as “marginal” land, according to Tim Sopuck. “Some land might be marginal for annual crop production, but it doesn’t mean it’s marginal for cattle production or some other alternate use,” the chief executive officer of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC) said in an interview July 27. When it comes to

Premier Brian Pallister and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Minister Blaine Pedersen visited several GROW (Growing Outcomes in Watersheds) projects July 22, including this one near Souris. The pothole in the background usually floods, drowning the crop and wasting the farmer’s investment in inputs. Now the farmer is getting an annual payment not to seed those temporary wetlands and he will seed them to water-tolerant forages and harvest the hay. Yasmin Keeler (l), co-manager, Souris River Watershed District (SRWD), Doyle Piwniuk, MLA for Turtle Mountain, Premier Brian Pallister, Lloyd Atcheson, chair SRWD, Dean Brooker, co-manager SRWD, and Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba agriculture and resources minister.

Manitoba government-funded trust leverages millions for watershed projects

The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation has announced $5.6 million in funding for new conservation projects under the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust and the Conservation Trust. The trusts, set up by the Manitoba government, will help fund watershed programs to improve the environment and assist farmers in perpetuity. And as hoped, when the trust


ALUS Little Saskatchewan River program co-ordinator Colleen Cuvelier (left), and ALUS Canada’s Prairie hub manager, Paige Englot (right), on an ALUS project site in Manitoba.

Room to GROW

Monitoring and evaluation of conservation projects, like those funded under the GROW Trust, have typically been underdeveloped, experts say

Manitoba has a chance to set a precedent with the way it monitors outcomes from the GROW Trust, says Lara Ellis, ALUS Canada’s senior vice-president of policy and partnerships. Monitoring and evaluation of conservation projects like those under the GROW Trust have “never been that developed,” Ellis said. The first three projects under the GROW

Peter Galawan (far left), poses with family members and MHHC staff pose with a cairn honouring Galawan for his donation. Left to right: Peter Galawan, Debbie McDowell (niece of Peter), Carol Graham (MHHC habitat conservation specialist), Ernest DeLaRonde (nephew of Peter), Gary Galawan (nephew of Peter) and Curtis Hullick (MHHC field manager).

Oak Lake local honoured for land donation for wildlife

Grassland property will serve as permanent wildlife habitat

Oak Lake local Peter Galawan was honoured for his donation of property to the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation on September 20. In 2017, Galawan donated a quarter section of land in the grassland flats of the Arrow Hills, according to a news release from MHHC. It contains Bailey’s Creek, a tributary of the Assiniboine River.

The 160-acre plot northeast of Virden has never been broken and for the most part, kept completely intact.

Rare native prairie to continue in perpetuity

Galawan land donation ensures that habitat will be protected for some species at risk

The New Oxford Dictionary defines ‘gem’ as a person or thing considered to be outstandingly good or special in some respect. By this definition, the quarter section of native prairie grassland formerly owned by mixed grain and cattle producer Peter Galawan of Lenore can undoubtedly be described as a gem. The 160-acre plot northeast of


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.

Part of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan, the $102-million Conservation Trust will fund activities that create, conserve, or enhance natural infrastructure in Manitoba.

A watershed moment — province funds Conservation Trust

When fully capitalized, the fund is expected to generate about $5 million a year for projects and environmental goods and services

The ink is now dry on Manitoba’s new Conservation Trust agreement, and groups looking to it to support new programs with it should submit letters of intent by January 15. The province signed its agreement December 11, putting in an initial $28-million contribution this month, towards making the $102-million trust it announced in last spring’s

Balancing the needs of livestock producers on grazing lands and protecting species at risk don’t have to be competing goals.

What does bird-friendly grazing look like?

Is twice-over grazing the way to go on a SARPAL-committed pasture? The system shows promise, but providers say ideal grazing system may depend on the operation

Cattle producers looking for bird-friendly grazing need to look past the usual metrics like pounds per acre, soil carbon and forage yield. But just what the right system is will depend a lot on the variables of each operation. “We shy away from recommending a specific type,” Carol Graham, habitat conservation specialist with the Manitoba


Local ALUS co-ordinator and conservation district manager, Colleen Cuvelier, explains one of several perennial forage projects ALUS is funding in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District during a July 2018 field tour.

ALUS gains steam in western Manitoba

ALUS returned to its roots in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District in 2014, and producers are buying in

A multi-province program that promises to pay landowners for conservation practices is attracting so much interest in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District that providers say they can’t meet the demand. District manager and local ALUS co-ordinator, Colleen Cuvelier said program co-ordinators couldn’t accommodate all the proposals this year, estimating another 100-200 acres could have

Beef sector recognized for environmental stewardship

Association of Manitoba Community Pastures receives a 2017 Manitoba Excellence Award for Sustainability in Water and Natural Area Stewardship while Manitoba Beef Producers honoured for its work protecting grassland birds

Manitoba’s cattle sector has received substantial recognition for environmental stewardship this month. Sustainability awards were presented by the province of Manitoba to both Association of Manitoba Community Pastures (AMCP) and Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP). The AMCP received a 2017 Manitoba Excellence Award for Sustainability in Water and Natural Area Stewardship while an honourable mention in