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Riding Mountain National Park Monitoring Watercraft for Invasive Species

Riding Mountain National Park Monitoring Watercraft for Invasive Species

Zebra Mussels - Boat
A boat washing station in Clear Lake (PARKS CANADA)

The annual zebra mussel prevention program is now up and running for the season in Riding Mountain National Park.

Parks Canada staff will be on the lookout for any invasive species attached to motorboats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and inflatables entering RMNP waters.

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Vandals Topple Topiary Moose in Clear Lake

Vandals Topple Topiary Moose in Clear Lake

Topiary Moose - Riding Mountain National Park
A topiary moose in Riding Mountain National Park was toppled over and broken overnight Wednesday into Thursday. (RMNP / FACEBOOK)
Topiary Moose - Riding Mountain National Park
The topiary moose in Riding Mountain National Park during happier times. (RMNP / FACEBOOK)

Vandals are said to be responsible for the destruction of a topiary moose in Riding Mountain National Park.

The moose sat in front of the visitor centre in the Clear Lake townsite before it was recently moved to an intersection a couple blocks north.

The park shared the news on its Facebook page, saying the vandalism occurred sometime overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

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Tree Removal Underway in Clear Lake to Reduce Fire Risk

Tree Removal Underway in Clear Lake to Reduce Fire Risk

Clear Lake
The Wasagaming townsite in Riding Mountain National Park. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Crews in Riding Mountain National Park are removing trees planted on native grassland to prevent the risk of forest fires.

Work in the Clear Lake area began Friday and is part of a long-term project to protect homes, cottages, and businesses from wildfire since 1990.

“The white spruce plantations were originally planted on native grasslands between 1940 and 1960. As these trees were planted very close together, they are considered to be highly flammable, increasing the threat to property and danger for firefighting crews in the event of a wildfire,” Parks Canada said in a release.

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Ottawa Spending $8.8M on Riding Mountain Infrastructure

Ottawa Spending $8.8M on Riding Mountain Infrastructure

Clear Lake
The Wasagaming townsite in Riding Mountain National Park. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The federal government committed $8.8 million in infrastructure funding to Riding Mountain National Park on Wednesday.

The Canada Day funding announcement was made by Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette MP Robert Sopuck, which will cover rehabilitation and renovations at several locations within and adjacent to the Wasagaming townsite.

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Clear Lake Embracing Winter with ‘Adventure Weekend’

Clear Lake Embracing Winter with ‘Adventure Weekend’

Clear Lake Winter Camping
Winter camping in Clear Lake (HANDOUT)

Riding Mountain National Park continues to make the most of winter with a slew of activities running into February.

Winter Adventure Weekend, running February 7-9 in Clear Lake, includes horse-drawn wagon rides, a boot hockey tournament, Clear Lake Winter Olympics, maple syrup rolling, snowshoeing, scavenger hunts, tobogganing and the popular Valentine’s skate at the Elkhorn Resort’s skating rink.

“Hibernation is for bears. We like to face winter with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure,” said George Hartlen, CAO of Friends of RMNP. “Getting outside together’ is our theme this year. There are so many ways to enjoy our longest season, and it adds to the fun when you get out there and take part with friends and family.”

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Flood-Related Repairs Continue in Riding Mountain

Riding Mountain National Park Flooding
A restored creek bed in Riding Mountain National Park after flooding in 2011. (PARKS CANADA)
Riding Mountain National Park Flooding
Crews work at McKinnon Creek in Riding Mountain National Park. (PARKS CANADA)

Repairs to infrastructure following the 2011 flood are still underway in Riding Mountain National Park.

Federal funding of $5.7 million has assisted the park to facilitate the repairs, which weren’t just limited to the townsite of Wasagaming.

“It’s important we do everything we can to protect and maintain national parks, like Riding Mountain,” said Dauphin — Swan River — Marquette MP Robert Sopuck.

“The improvements to the damaged infrastructure resulting from the flooding were of vital importance for the safety and enjoyment of our visitors and crucial to the overall health of the delicate ecosystems in the park.”

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Riding Mountain Film Fest Begins with Digital Media Camp

Riding Mountain Film Fest Begins with Digital Media Camp

Riding Mountain National Park Film FestivalThe first-ever Riding Mountain National Park Film Festival is gearing up for its inaugural year.

Spearheaded by young filmmaker and entrepreneur Steve Langston, the festival will run July 16-20, and explore topics surrounding the environmental movement, adventure and travel, local cuisine and other regionally-based themes that Langston believes will interest Manitoba film lovers.

“Until a year ago, I had never been to a film festival, but quickly discovered that they were incredible places to watch movies that delve into the topics I am passionate about, but that are often hard to find in mainstream movie houses,” Langston said.

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