Who are we?
We are a group of local residents concerned with the preservation of the Parker wetlands and Aspen forest located within north Fort Garry in Winnipeg, Canada.
Our immediate concern is the second leg of Rapid Transit (RT) that is being planned without proper investigation and consideration of the environmental concerns.
The RT line that is currently being planned would run through a parcel of prairie that is possibly tall grass prairie, a provincially endangered ecosystem.
Any construction on the site could unintentionally drain and therefore destroy the entire area.
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?
Where are the Parker lands?
What can I do?
Why should I bother?
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