February 5, 2007

Manitoba grants support conservation, endangered species projects

WINNIPEG, MAN-Eight community-based non-profit organizations have been awarded grants totalling more than $155,000 from Manitoba's conservation and endangered species fund to support special projects in these areas. Conservation Minister Stan Struthers noted that two of the projects involve three-year studies on the endangered woodland caribou herds in the Swan-Pelican watershed area and between McNeil Lake and the Hargrave River in the Snow Lake area. Assiniboine Community College will use a $17,000 grant for the first year of the Swan-Pelican caribou study, while the Northwest Region Woodland Caribou Management Advisory Committee has received $25,000 for the Snow Lake woodland caribou study. Among the other grant recipients are: Red River Operation Clean Up, awarded $20,900 to clean up the shoreline of the Red River between Lockport and Breezy Point; Portage Natural History Group, whose $22,500 grant will help it continue protecting the nesting sites of the piping plover and determine the survival rates of young birds or fledglings; and the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, awarded $25,000 to determine priority sites of provincial plant species at risk. To qualify for the grant program, projects must either promote the principles of sustainable development or support local organizations in the preservation of wildlife, especially endangered species.

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