Parker Wetlands Conservation Committee

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Who are we?

We are a group of Winnipeg residents concerned that a local developer plans to destroy what's left of the Parker forest and wetlands to make way for a housing development.
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Tall grass prairie in southern Manitoba supports over 150 species of plants including several species of orchids which are very rare and classified as endangered and protected. Based on the results of vegetation surveys conducted in 1995 and 2002 of Parker Site 3, as well as landscape and drainage features of the area, there is good reason to believe this parcel of prairie could be tallgrass prairie. Since it is a natural wet meadow, it holds surface runoff and helps reduce flooding and riverbank erosion.

Any construction on the site could unintentionally drain and therefore destroy the entire area.

Plans for a rapid transit dogleg through the Parker lands have already been set in motion by City Council, despite consistent negative feedback and significant opposition from individuals, groups and leaders at every stage of the approval process.

The project to build a retention pond https://wwdengage.winnipeg.ca/parkersrb/ is already underway, despite opposition to its location and controversy around expropriating land that was previously included in a questionable land-swap deal in 2009 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-committee-oks-controversial-land-expropriation-plan-for-retention-pond-1.3400833.

The same local developer involved in the controversial land-swap is now in the process of planning a housing development that would destroy the remaining grade A Aspen forest and wetlands.

Join PWCC in its efforts to save the Parker wetland forest by preventing any further development. City Council has the power to do this! Put pressure on your City Councillor to reacquire these lands and turn them over to the citizens of Winnipeg for preservation and the enjoyment of all.

What are the Parker lands?
The Parker lands consist of three defined areas based on a Natural Heritage Assessment of Grade A Aspen Parkland, Grade B Grasslands and Grade B Aspen Forest.
Tall grass prairie in southern Manitoba supports over 150 species of plants including several species of orchids which are very rare and classified as endangered and protected.
Based on the results of vegetation surveys conducted in 1995 and 2002 of Parker Site 3 (grasslands), as well as landscape and drainage features of the area, there is good reason to believe this parcel of prairie could be tallgrass prairie. Since it is a natural wet meadow, it holds surface runoff and helps reduce flooding and riverbank erosion.

What do we want?
  • Suspension of all plans to develop the Parker wetland forest
  • The City of Winnipeg to reclaim the Parker lands and protect from any further development
  • A partnership between the City of Winnipeg and residents to preserve the Parker lands going forward

 


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Where are the Parker lands?

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What can I do?

  • Call, email or write to City Councilors (see contact information on the right)
  • Volunteer to assist or join the committee
  • Spread the word and increase support throughout Winnipeg and beyond

Why should I bother?

  • Urban wetlands play a vital role in promoting and maintaining the health of its surrounding communities by providing clean water and fresh air.
  • Wetlands are a natural filtration system that collect melt and rain water to release it slowly into the water table, which minimizes flooding.
  • The Parker wetlands are currently home to deer, fox, owls, hawks, northern shrikes, frogs and many more uncategorized plants and animals.
  • The Brenda Leipsic off-leash dog park is located on a significant portion of the site and is used by hundreds of people every week, and most use it every day.
  • Parker lands provide opportunities to learn about nature, meditate, hike and stroll all year-round, snowshoe and ski in the winter, all within walking distance of many urban communities.

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