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From rugged Precambrian shield and northern tundra to rich agricultural land and rolling central hills, Manitoba's 65 million hectares of land are made up of a wealth of diverse landscapes. The various habitats found in these landscapes are home to a wide variety of plant and animal communities that rely on these specific ecosystems to survive.
Manitoba's Protected Areas Initiative is a government program dedicated to working together with others to build a network of protected land, freshwater, and marine areas that contains the tremendous biological diversity and unique features found in Manitoba's varied landscapes.
Manitoba's long term commitment to establish a network of protected areas began in 1990, when the province became the first jurisdiction in Canada to commit to protecting examples of all of its diverse landscapes.