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Beef sector recognized for environmental stewardship

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

Editorial: Go ask ALUS

It’s long been a dream of Manitoba farmers for an ecological goods and services program that would pay them for providing environmental benefits for the good of society at large. The concept was first proposed by former KAP president Ian Wishart, now provincial minister of education and training, under the moniker ALUS or Alternative Land


A new government program could help compensate farmers for their work protecting 
environmental features like wetlands and riparian areas.

Manitoba budget contains multimillion-dollar conservation trust

There’s great potential for the trust to help farmers help the environment, says KAP

A $102-million conservation trust fund announced in the Manitoba government’s March 12 budget could help compensate farmers for protecting the environment, says Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier. “That’s how I see the fund being used, but I’m not certain if all of it will be,” Mazier said from his farm near Justice, Man., in

Cattle play role in bird habitat

Cattle play role in bird habitat

Bird populations have declined on the Canadian Prairies as grassland areas have shrunk rapidly

As a rancher, Kristine Tapley’s passions are split between the large ruminants she raises and the land that sustains them — sort of. “I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’m less interested in the cattle and more interested in using cattle as a tool to protect and maintain grasslands, because I think there are so

Frank Crew speaking at the unveiling of the cairn.

Cairn dedicated for gift of land

Property contributed to MHHC has been in the Crew family for half a century

Family, friends and neighbours of Frank Crew, along with representatives of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC), came together last fall to recognize and thank the Birtle citizen and retired farmer for his contribution and donation of land that had been part of his family’s farm for half a century. A permanent cairn was unveiled


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

retired dairy farmer Gord Hammell

Retirement project reinforces need for conserving natural land

Retired dairy farmer Gord Hammell is redoing a breeding bird survey he did in the 1970s, 
documenting changes to local land, water and wildlife

Gord Hammell came to Manitoba over 40 years ago to count ducks, and after a long interval milking cows, he’s counting again. The University of Guelph science student arrived in 1970 to do summer research for his master’s thesis on lesser scaup, a waterfowl also called “little bluebill” whose numbers have long been in decline.

Species now protected

Manitoba’s only lizard is being protected and studied Very little is actually known about the skink, and as a result a skink-monitoring project is underway. It is being carried out by a volunteer, Devon Baete, on behalf of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. For the past two summers, Baete has talked to landowners who have


Habitat Heritage Corporation signs 600th conservation agreement

The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC) marked Earth Day Apr. 22 with the signing of its 600th conservation agreement, which will permanently conserve 93 privately owned acres of uplands and 51 acres of wetlands in the Turtlehead Creek watershed in the Turtle Mountains. The agreement brings the total under conservation agreements to 110,000 acres of

Land Donation Will Protect Local Water Supply

A rare remnant of river-bottom forest along the Dead Horse Creek in southern Manitoba donated this spring to the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation is a great example of how preserving habitat can have far-reaching benefits. A new conservation agreement signed between a southern Manitoba farm family and the MHHC will help protect the regional water