From the Riding Mountain UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve:
Invitation to ‘Stop AIS Stakeholder Summits – Western Manitoba’
The Riding Mountain UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (RMBR) would like to invite you to join us at one of our ‘Stop AIS Stakeholder Summits – Western Manitoba’ forums, which we are hosting in Western Manitoba, in collaboration with Manitoba Sustainable Development’s AIS Program.
Important Background Information
It is well understood that Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), particularly Zebra Mussels, have a significant, irreversible, negative impact on tourism-dependent economies and local governments’ balance sheets.
Currently, Western Manitoba is threatened by the spread of AIS into its many lakes and waterways. Consequently, the economies of many communities and the overall region are currently under a serious threat.
The primary threat of infestation of our waters is from people travelling and carrying AIS on their boats and water-related equipment from areas that have AIS invaded waters. These areas currently include Central and Northwestern Manitoba (The Red River, Lake Winnipeg and Cedar Lake), Southern Ontario and the USA. The task of stopping the spread of AIS, particularly Zebra Mussels, by human activities and protecting the multitude of lakes in Western Manitoba is enormous and complex.
Accordingly, the Manitoba Department of Sustainable Development would like to participate at these summits the RMBR is hosting for the stakeholders in Western Manitoba. The intention of the summits are to inform and enable stakeholders to go beyond the capabilities of the Provincial AIS Program and provide additional measures to help protect our waters.
To reduce travel distances, the RMBR will host two ‘Stop AIS Stakeholder Summits’ in Western Manitoba:
- Roblin, MB. April 17, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Roblin Life & Arts Centre – top floor, 106 3rd Ave East
- Sandy Lake, MB. April 18, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Sandy Lake Community Hall, Main Street
These meetings are open to all stakeholder groups and concerned citizens and we encourage you to pass this invitation on to others in your community.
If anyone wishes to quickly get up-to-speed on the threats of AIS, we have assembled an Online “Spread the Word, Not the Mussels” Information Kit (http://rmbr.ca/spreadthewordnotthemussels/) that includes key links to Manitoba AIS information sources and pertinent materials posted by other jurisdictions, which are also striving to stop the spread of AIS. We are focusing on the Zebra Mussel, as it is the predominant current threat and its control measures are applicable to many other invasive species.
Please contact me if you require further information. My phone number is (204) 848-7354 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us and learn how we can help protect our valuable lakes and waterways and safe-guard our communities.
Chair, Riding Mountain UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve