Federal government puts $25 million toward wetlands and grasslands in the Prairies

STONEWALL, MANITOBA — Three conservation organizations are receiving federal money to help improve wetlands and grasslands in the Prairies.

More than $25 million will be split between Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement in Stonewall, Man., for Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

It’s part of the government’s plan to conserve up to 300 square kilometres and restore up to 60 square kilometres of wetlands and grasslands.

The plan also ramps up efforts to manage another 180 square kilometres.

The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation says part of its funding will go to improving water quality and supporting wildlife habitats.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2021.

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