Incentives to Preserve Pasture Lands

Kasie McLaughlinBanner, News

Brian and Kristen Breemersch operate a cow-calf farming operation located southwest of Brandon.  Their land is primarily pastureland that is interspersed with wetlands.  They bought the land from Kristen’s parents about 20 years ago to start a family run farm.  Their land attracts a rich variety of waterfowl and wildlife, which Brian and Kristen enjoy. Several years ago, Brian visited … Read More

Canada invests $25 million to protect wetlands and grasslands in the Prairies

Diana PerezBanner, News, Uplands, Wetlands

“Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced more than $25 million in funding to conserve, restore, and enhance critical wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie provinces” “Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation will receive up to $2.4 million over three years for projects … Read More

Healthy Habitat Welcomes Waterfowl

Kasie McLaughlinBanner, News, Uncategorized

April is prime time for migrating waterfowl to return to south western Manitoba.  Why is this area so special to waterfowl?  The wetlands and grasslands of the Prairie Pothole Region are some of the best waterfowl breeding grounds on the planet. Spring is a critical time in the life cycle of a duck.  The migration from their south winter home … Read More

Grazed Pastures Essential to Songbird Survival

Kasie McLaughlinBanner, News

After a long Covid 19 winter, many look forward to spring and the return of Manitoba’s migratory birds.  Canada Geese have already arrived, much earlier than their long term average spring arrival date of March 23rd. Unfortunately, there are fewer songbirds arriving every spring. Migratory songbird populations are suffering a serious decline.  The Bank Swallow has lost 98% of its … Read More

Grass Fed Beef Helps Grasslands Thrive

Kasie McLaughlinBanner, News

“There’s no excuse not to try grass-fed beef,” says the recently mailed A&W coupon book. Why would A&W move to serving customers only grass-fed beef? “It is all about feeling good about the food you eat,” says the coupon book. Okay, but what is so special about grass-fed beef?  It’s simple says A&W, “cattle graze on pasture and the grazing … Read More

The Balance of Agriculture and Conservation

Kasie McLaughlinBanner, News

  Next year will mark 35 years for the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC). Established in 1986 by the Provincial Government of Manitoba; MHHC was created to build partnerships and work with landowners, farmers, and ranchers in rural Manitoba. The mandate is simple: “Conserve, restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat in Manitoba” and with the slogan, “Made in Manitoba”, … Read More

20 years of Conservation Success

Diana PerezBanner, News

At the start of a new year, it is nice to look back on accomplishments of the previous year and see success. In the conservation world, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation is looking back at the past 20 years to see the success of its Conservation Agreements program in the Whitemud Watershed and throughout Manitoba. It was 20 years ago when the Corporation signed its first Conservation Agreement with a Manitoba landowner. “It was a … Read More

First Call for Proposals For GROW Projects Now Open

Diana PerezBanner, News

Conservation and GROW Trusts Providing $5.0 Million in New Funds for Watershed Health This Year. The first call for Letters of Intent for project proposals under Manitoba’s new GRowing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Program opens on January 10. Groups that are eligible to deliver GROW (Watershed Districts) may apply for up to $500,000 in funding. Other groups may consider applying … Read More

Tender Notice: Trans Canada Highway Shelterbelt Project

Diana PerezBanner, News

MHHC is inviting bids from qualified contractors for the phased supply, installation and maintenance of trees, shrubs and mulch to create roadside eco-buffers. These buffers are intended to mitigate the frequent blowing snow conditions that create hazardous driving conditions along approximately 14 kilometers on the Trans Canada Highway between St. François Xavier and Elie, and a second 2.4 kilometre segment … Read More

The Conservation Trust Opens Its Second Call for Proposals

Diana PerezNews, The Conservation Trust

The second call for proposals is now open for Manitoba’s Conservation Trust, a unique funding opportunity that was established under the province’s Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan to use nature-based approaches to build resilience to climate change. “The $102-million Conservation Trust is an innovative, forward-thinking approach to invest in projects that enhance natural infrastructure and the environmental goods and services … Read More