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Habitat Enhancement Program

 
Box 1740
Gimli, Manitoba  R0C 1B0
Phone: 204-642-7578
Fax: 204-642-7581

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Programs - Habitat Enhancement Program

Program Objectives:

To encourage the maintenance of naturally vegetated areas and to retain the positive values of bush, grassland, marsh, and/or stream habitat. The EIWD will cooperate with willing landowners and habitat agencies to select the most suitable sites and achieve the greatest overall benefits.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:
  • sign and submit a complete "Habitat Enhancement Program Application Form";
  • sign and submit a "Consent to Entry and Release of Liability Agreement"; and
  • own land within the East Interlake Watershed District (EIWD) which will be preserved as wildlife habitat.

Eligible Habitat Enhancement Project Types

1. Habitat Rehabilitation

Definition: To convert marginally productive agricultural lands back into productive wildlife habitat.

Objectives:

  • Improve wildlife habitat by enhancing plant cover, restoring marshland, and increasing wildlife populations.
  • Reduce pest numbers by maintaining predator populations.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This program is voluntary and lands are offered for rehabilitation and protection on a voluntary basis.
  • This program is intended for the exclusion of agricultural production from wildlife habitat, as such, the project will not be grazed or broken throughout the duration of the contract/agreement.
  • Habitat must be deemed as important by the EIWD Board or other conservation agency.
  • Size of proposed project must be greater than 1 acre.
  • The EIWD will perform any earth moving, water management, and/or other work that the Board deems necessary to restore the habitat value of the land.
  • Habitat rehabilitation may be accomplished via a “Conservation Agreement” with the landowner, the EIWD, and potentially a third-party conservation organization.
  • Funding amounts are to be determined by the Board.


2. Habitat Protection

Definition: To preserve existing habitat that may otherwise be converted to agricultural or other use.

Objectives:

  • Protect and improve wildlife habitat and wildlands.
  • Reduce sedimentation in waterways by preserving established vegetated habitats.
  • Protect natural biodiversity of the region including both flora and fauna.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This program is voluntary and lands offered for protection are on a voluntary basis.
  • Habitat must be under threat of degradation due to proposed changes in land-use.
  • Habitat must be deemed as important by the EIWD Board or other conservation agency.
  • Size of proposed project must be greater than 1 acre.
  • Habitat protection may be accomplished via a “Conservation Agreement” with the landowner, the EIWD, and potentially a third-party conservation organization.
  • Funding amounts are to be determined by the Board.