Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society gets annual boost from local businesses, volunteers

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has teamed with local businesses to offer something back to those who purchase their 2016 Boreal Wilderness Calendar in support of Boreal wilderness conservation in Manitoba.

Each year, CPAWS Manitoba volunteers drive the creation of a wilderness photography calendar to help educate the public on Boreal conservation opportunities in Manitoba and to raise much needed funds for the charitable organization’s work in this province.

The calendar, which costs $14.95, contains imagery, donated by generous photographers, of Boreal species and landscapes in Manitoba.

The project is also generously supported by four sponsors and three local businesses who are offering up free gift certificates, worth $58, printed inside each copy.

  • Fusion Grill is offering $25 off dinner for two at their acclaimed Academy Road restaurant that emphasizes local, organic and wild harvested foods.
  • Yoga North is offering $20 toward any yoga class package at their Westminster Avenue Iyengar yoga studio.
  • Hollow Reed Holistic is offering a free $13 bag of Manitoba Wilderness Tea at their Corydon Avenue shop where they offer natural herbal remedies and holistic services.

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Sponsorship for the project covers all costs associated with printing and distribution and is provided by Investors Group, Churchill Wild, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Northern Soul Wilderness Adventures.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have found these skilled photographers and supportive businesses and individuals who understand the importance of the Boreal and are keen to rally around this project for the sake of its conservation,” says longtime CPAWS volunteer Nicole Wadelius who has assisted the organization for nearly ten years.

The Boreal produces oxygen and stores carbon at globally significant levels. Across North America, this ecosystem is earth’s largest source of unfrozen fresh water; it also makes up 80% of landscape in Manitoba.

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Boreal Forest covers most of Manitoba’s landscape.

In addition to creating the calendar, volunteers are popping up at information tables across the city to sell them and share information about Boreal conservation opportunities in Manitoba.

Proceeds from sale of this calendar stay in Manitoba to directly support the charitable organizations’ work.

They can also be purchased on their website (www.cpawsmb.org) and at dozens of partnering shops in Winnipeg, Beausejour, Gimli and Flin Flon.

CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness protection. As a national charity they are committed to conserving and connecting at least 50% of public lands and waters and on ensuring that these areas are managed to protect the nature within them. They work in a consensus seeking manner with rightsholders and stakeholders whenever possible.

The Manitoba Chapter of CPAWS will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016.