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.
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.
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.”
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.”
The 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.