The Government of Manitoba has announced that it will enact legislation to protect lands around Meditation Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
The move has come after scheduled plans to build a private camp in the area prompted a public outcry.
The scrapping of the proposed $10-million camp near Meditation Lake was announced by Manitoba Conservation Minister Stan Struthers, and Dave Newnham, vice-president of the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation, which wanted to build a camp for underprivileged youth.
The Wilderness Committee, Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization, spearheaded the campaign to protect the delicate ecosystem of the area from development.
“It’s gratifying and humbling to know that Wilderness Committee Manitoba was able to channel public support into achieving real protection for part of the Whiteshell Park,” said Eric Reder, Campaign Director for the Wilderness Committee. “We are watchdogs for nature and our parks. We have to fight hard, and today we are tasting success,” he added.
Thousands of Manitobans asked that the Whitemouth River area – one of the Wilderness Committee’s Manitoba Conservation Hotspots – be protected. Reder said today’s announcement shows progress towards that goal.