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Boreal

When asked about our Boreal and the North, Manitobans speak with pride and think of potential. They think of vast forests, vibrant wetlands, pristine lakes and rivers. People who live in Manitoba's Boreal represent many cultures and interests, with a strong history, giving rise to a forward-thinking atmosphere and an element of determination. All Manitobans benefit from Boreal resources every day, from clean air to wood products to aesthetic benefits.

To clearly define a Boreal Region of Manitoba, we have combined all of its Boreal and Northern regions. Therefore, Manitoba’s Boreal Region, for planning, covers about 90% of the Province, consisting of five ecozones. Ecozones are generalized, vast ecosystems defined by shared characteristics such as climate, physical geography, vegetation, soil, water, and wildlife. Details of the characteristics of boreal ecozones can be found here. In general, Manitoba’s Boreal Shield ecozone is part of the largest ecozone in Canada and has a significant amount of exposed bedrock mounds. Boreal Plains ecozone differs from the shield by having less exposed bedrock, but similar constitution of trees (mostly coniferous forest) and wildlife. Fire plays a dominant role in the Boreal region, where species such as pine, spruce, birch and aspen have not only adapted to fire, but also rely on high-intensity crown fires for regeneration.

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Manitoba’s Boreal Region provides numerous ecological goods and services, such as carbon storage, biodiversity and water filtration. The Boreal Region contains vast intact Crown land that is a network of forests, waterways and wetlands. The region has many protected areas and sections managed for conservation. The Boreal is important for our ability to adapt to climate change. It is one of the most effective ecosystems in storing carbon and still has the biodiversity in place to mitigate the pressures induced by climate change.

To balance the many interests in the Boreal Region, Sustainable Development will work to engage those interested in being a part of the development of a Boreal Strategy and Management Framework. This is a complex process with many interests, perspectives, and considerations across the Boreal.