The World Parks Congress’ e-posters can now be discovered online. These consist of short slideshows on a variety of topics that were shown in Sydney during rapid fire presentations. You can browse all posters or search them by author, title or stream.
The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2012 Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 6, 2015
The Award is:
- One or more cash awards of $2,000;
- Available to Master’s students in their first two years of study and engaged in research related to CCEA’s Mission and/or Strategic Plan (please visit the CCEA website for more information); and,
- Given to projects having an emphasis on an ecosystem or landscape-based approach to selecting, establishing, or managing protected ecological areas in Canada.
The government is legally protecting 20 sites as wilderness areas or nature reserves, more than 14,000 hectares.
The properties are identified in the province’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan.
“It’s great news that these new protected areas have been created,” said Chris Miller, national conservation biologist for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “They will help conserve a wide range of natural ecosystems, including old-growth forests, rare-species habitat, important coastal sites, significant wetlands and intact watersheds.”
In this first round of designations, there are four wilderness areas, including the Stillwaters Wilderness Area near Louisbourg, and 16 nature reserves, including Caribou Rivers Nature Reserve in Pictou County and Blandford Nature Reserve in Lunenburg County.
These sites protect old forests, wildlife habitat, help secure drinking water supplies and provide opportunities for exceptional outdoor recreation.
“On behalf of members of the Kelly Lake Watershed Protection Committee, I am very pleased to hear about the designation of the Stillwaters Wilderness Area, which will encompass Kelly Lake and all the upstream lakes,” said Britt Roscoe, watershed co-ordinator for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
“Our hope is that the wilderness areas designation will enhance the experience for human-powered visitors while ensuring the protection of the water supply for residents of Louisbourg and area.”
The lands were selected after consulting with municipalities, the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, community groups, industries, non-government organizations and hundreds of people.
“Our parks and protected areas give us clean air and water, secure land for outdoor recreation and trails, provide jobs and attract visitor dollars in nearby communities through nature tourism,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey.
Wild spaces are important for fighting climate change by capturing and storing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They also allow fish, wildlife and plants to thrive in their natural habitats.
To see the plan and interactive maps, visit www.novascotia.ca/parksandprotectedareas/ .
December 16, 2014
The Manitoba government is expanding Whiteshell Provincial Park by expanding the park boundaries to include 2,950 hectares of land and water, and increasing the protected area within the park by 20,375 hectares, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
“The park expansion and increased protection shows the government’s commitment to protecting Manitoba’s water, wetlands and forests,” Minister Mackintosh said. “The area being added is almost as large as Birds Hill Provincial Park and will be instrumental in helping us better protect Manitoba’s tremendous natural landscapes.”
The expansion and land-use category changes within the park will add 23,325 hectares of land to Manitoba’s protected areas network. This will raise the amount of protected land and water in Whiteshell Provincial Park to 44 per cent from 35 per cent.
The added land and water will connect Whiteshell Provincial Park to the Whitemouth Bog Ecological Reserve and Whitemouth Bog Wildlife Management Area. The Whitemouth Bog contains calcareous fens, one of the rarest wetland types in North America, as well as a large diversity of plant and animal life, the minister said.
The expansion will help ensure the safety of this environment by protecting the waters that flow between the park and the Whitemouth Bog, Minister Mackintosh said, adding protecting the wetlands will also help clean water before it reaches Lake Winnipeg.
“Whiteshell Provincial Park offers year-round opportunities for Manitobans looking to explore the province’s natural beauty and live an active life,” said Minister Mackintosh. “Increasing the area that is protected promotes the health of the park and allows us to ensure these opportunities exist in the future.”
The expansion of the park will also help protect the shores of Big Whiteshell Lake, the Winnipeg River, White Lake and the rivers and streams that feed them, he noted. These bodies of water are popular for ice fishing.
Whiteshell Provincial Park is a popular destination for Manitobans in the winter with more than
350 kilometres of award winning snowmobile trails, 100 km of cross-country ski trails, winter hiking trails and snowshoe trails.
More information on Whiteshell Provincial Park can be found at
This announcement supports TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan, an eight-year plan that supports environmental protection while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy. For more information, visitwww.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan.
David MacKinnon, Robert Hélie, Jacques Perron, Tom Beechey, Jessica Elliott, Claudia Haas, Jean Langlois, Chris Lemieux
Robert Hélie and Jacques Perron (Dr TidianeOuattara)
Markusi Qisiiq, Catherine Pinard, Jacques Perron
The Manitoba government has established Chitek Lake Provincial Park as the province’s 88th park and has permanently protected the Walter Cook Caves Park Reserve as an ecological reserve, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
“Manitoba is home to a number of rare and ecologically sensitive areas that must be protected,” said Minister Mackintosh. “Manitoba’s only herd of free-ranging wood bison roam through the area that includes Chitek Lake Provincial Park, while the Walter Cook Caves contain a variety of unique rock formations and are home to little brown bats. It is also the only known place where elk, moose, white-tailed deer, woodland caribou and wood bison share the same habitat.”
Chitek Lake Provincial Park will also become the first land in the province to be classified and preserved as indigenous traditional use, the minister said, adding this new classification gives recognition to lands of natural or cultural significance to indigenous people and that these parks are significant traditional-use areas. While the park has the new classification, it will be open to licensed hunting, fishing and trapping.
The park is now the province’s 12th largest park, covering about 1,000 square kilometres and is located about 350 km northwest of Winnipeg, along the shore of Lake Winnipegosis.
“I am very honoured and thrilled that our wishes have been met and there has been so much commitment in working together for our future,” said Chief Cameron Catcheway, Skownan First Nation. “We must protect our traditional land from mineral exploration, mining, logging and the list goes on and on. I am thrilled and honoured to be part of history and that we can keep the land green and respected so the buffalo can roam freely without any habitat being jeopardized.”
“I commend the Province of Manitoba for their commitment to working with the Misipawistik Cree Nation (MCN) on the designation and management of the Walter Cook Caves Ecological Reserve,” said Councillor Heidi Cook, MCN. “My hope is that through the protection of this special area my grandfather’s legacy is honoured with our peoples’ commitment to love, respect and care for the land as he did.”
A new community advisory group has been established to co-operatively managethe Walter Cook Caves Park Reserve as an ecological reserve, protecting itsunique features including several geologic formations due to weathered limestone and brown bat habitats in the areas caves, the minister said, adding the group is the first of its kind in Manitoba. The ecological reserve is located within Misipawistik Cree Nation’s trapline.
“This is a great day for all as these boreal forest areas serve the globe by storing carbon, which helps to slow the affects of climate change,” said Ron Thiessen, executive director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Manitoba. “We are delighted these protected areas were established in partnership with local First Nations and in a manner that rightfully honours their ancestoral connection to these special lands and waters.”
The designations support TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan, an eight-year plan that supports environmental protection while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy.
For more information on TomorrowNow, visit www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/.
The CCEA is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Stan Rowe ‘Home Place’ Graduate Award:
1. Andrew Plowright, Master’s Candidate in the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, for the proposal entitled “Evaluating Human Footprint within Canada’s Biodiversity Hotspots”; and,
2. Jordan Benner, PhD Candidate, Resource Management, Simon Fraser University, for the proposal entitled “Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Landscape Reserve Planning”.
Andrew and Jordan were presented with their respective awards by Ken Morrison, Manager, Planning and Land Administration, B.C. Parks in Vancouver, September 2014. Andrew and Jordan were selected out of a field of 13 applicants from across the country that had a diversity of interests in protected areas planning and management. The selection committee was impressed by the quality of their proposal and its potential application to protected areas management in Canada.
Dr. Stan Rowe was a founding member of the CCEA. Widely known for his book, Forest Regions of Canada, he gained special notoriety for his later writings on ethics and conservation, which demonstrate his intimate insight of ecology and the caring attitude that we need to adopt as environmental stewards. Dr. Rowe’s vision and leadership are a true inspiration for preserving wilderness in Canada. More information on the Stan Rowe Home Place Award can be found here.
The IUCN Council has selected Hawaii, United States of America, as the host of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress – the world’s largest conservation event. The IUCN Congress will take place from 1 to 10 September 2016.
Held every four years, the Congress brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.
The first digital version of the Canadian Ecological Framework was developed in a joint initiative between Environment Canada (EC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) between 1992 and 1995 and published in 1996. In collaboration with the CCEA, EC performed the consultative and policy planning while AAFC completed the GIS analysis and spatial interpretations. The spatial analysis utilized physiographic and climatic data interpreted to the Soil Landscapes of Canada (SLC), a national 1:1,000,00 soil map and data product.