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Manitoba Government Advises Work on Eight-year, $100-million Provincial Park Upgrades Well Under Way
May 15, 2015
May 15, 2015
Manitobans Looking Forward to Long Weekend Camping: Minister Nevakshonoff
Manitoba campgrounds are once again ready to welcome campers for another year of enjoying the great outdoors in Manitoba, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff announced today.
“We have made many improvements in the past couple of years and continue to upgrade our facilities,” Minister Nevakshonoff said. “I know people are excited to get out and enjoy provincial parks, and we’re ready to host them all across the province.”
Many significant improvements have been undertaken in recent years and more work will get started this year, the minister said. Some examples of projects already complete or near completion this year include:
* expansion of a lake and swimming area expected to open in June at Birds Hill Park,
* construction of a new sewage lagoon and lift stations at Spruce Woods Provincial Park,
* installation of a new sewage treatment facilities for Stephenfield Provincial Park and Brereton Lake in the Whiteshell Provincial Park,
* construction of a new washroom and shower building at Stephenfield Provincial Park, and
* construction of a new washroom and shower building at St. Malo Provincial Park. Read More…
Manitoba Government Introduces Wildlife and Fisheries Amendment Act
May 14, 2015
May 14, 2015
Proposed Legislation Would See Stiffer Penalties, More Enforcement Tools: Minister Nevakshonoff
The Manitoba government introduced the wildlife and fisheries amendment act today, which would help protect wildlife, give conservation officers more time and more tools to investigate, and make it easier for people to apply for guide licences, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff announced today.
“We recognize the numerous and vital roles played when it comes to hunting, fishing and conservation efforts in Manitoba,” said Minister Nevakshonoff. “The proposed amendments will help with enforcement efforts and also let us work with our partners to create efficiencies in obtaining hunting guide licences for those that meet the criteria.”
Highlights of the proposed changes include:
* better information sharing between provinces that would ensure banned hunters can’t get a licence in another province;
* doubling maximum penalties to $25,000 or $100,000, depending on the offence;
* allowing seizure of additional items such as cellphones, documents or GPS units during an investigation;
* increasing the statute of limitations, which would allow officers more time to investigate before laying a charge;
* effective fall 2016, ending the requirement for trappers to pay royalties on fur-bearing animals; and
* adding snapping turtles and painted turtles to the protected species list. Read More…
Manitoba’s Fish and Wildlife Get No Respect in Budget
May 1, 2015
May 1, 2015 – For immediate release
Manitoba’s fish and wildlife get no respect in budget
The Manitoba Wildlife Federation and Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association were disappointed to learn yesterday that Manitoba’s provincial government has cut funding to its fisheries and wildlife branches, merged both branches and eliminated the position of director of fisheries.
The provincial budget released Thursday showed an estimate of $6.71 million directed to the newly combined wildlife and fisheries branch for the upcoming fiscal year. That is down $270,000 from the estimated $6.98 million in 2014/15. Funding to the branches’ parent department of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship fell 2%, while the department’s capital budget saw a huge drop of nearly 23%, down to $23.5 million from $30.5 million.
“We believe these cuts show that the government does not value fish and wildlife in this province as highly as it should,” said Paul Turenne, executive director of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association. “The fisheries and wildlife branches contribute greatly to our province and were already severely under-funded, in our opinion. The government should have been putting more money into these areas, not less.” Read More…
Fred Tait, a Director of MWF, Speaks Out About Spot Lighting on CKLQ
April 21, 2015
Fred Tait was invited to CKLQ to speak out against the many dangers of spot lighting and why it needs to end in Manitoba.
Please click on the audio clip below, to hear the interview.
Press Release: The MWF Calls for a Crackdown on Illegal Moose Hunting and a Ban on Spot lighting for all Hunters
March 25, 2015
For immediate release
March 25, 2015
Manitoba Wildlife Federation Calls for Crackdown on Illegal Moose Hunting and a Ban on Spot-lighting for all Hunters
Also covered by: Winnipeg Free Press
and CBC News
WINNIPEG,MB: The Manitoba Natural Resources Officers Association (MNROA) recently released disturbing images of poached moose, taken illegally along highways in and around the Grass River Provincial Park in north-western Manitoba (Facebook site MNROA, pictures are also available below).
Some of the images posted on the MNROA Facebook site show fully-developed, unborn moose foetuses in the remains of a cow moose that was among the 15 illegal kills.
This find comes at a time when Manitoba’s moose population is in crisis. Several large areas of the Province that traditionally contained healthy moose herds have now been closed to all hunters because of severely reduced numbers. Read More…