Province Commits $3 Million To Shelterbelts Along Trans-Canada Highway
The Manitoba government has pledged $ 3 million to keep the existing trees healthy and to create an additional 10 kilometers of protective belts that will increase safety and demonstrate the natural infrastructure along the Trans-Canada Highway between Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie
“This is a great natural step that will help improve safety on the Trans-Canada Highway, especially during the winter months when there is a heavy snowfall making visibility in this area a real challenge,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “This continuous investment will not only beautify this route, it will also help make it safer for Manitobans and our visitors.”
Sections of the shelter belt must be observed, while other sections must be extended.
“This project really shows our commitment to the environment and ensures we support natural adaptations that can have multiple, long-term benefits,” added Manitoba’s Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler. “Over the years, part of the existing protective belt has been damaged and needs to be replaced. This project will do that and more by adding more trees. “
Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC) started Phase 1 of the Trans-Canada Shelterbelt project in 2019 and has overseen the planting of 8,400 trees and shrubs over 9.3 km between St. François Xavier and Portage la Prairie with another 7.7 km Multi Row planting planned for next summer which will add an additional 11,600 trees and shrubs. With this additional $ 3 million, provided by the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust, the program will plant an additional 15,000 trees and shrubs over 10 km. MHHC will also be able to water all plantings more aggressively, including emergency irrigation in dry conditions, and to replace plantings lost through wintering or animal damage in both project phases.
“We are excited to be part of a tree-planting project that is improving one of Manitoba’s most important roads,” said Tim Sopuck, CEO of MHHC. “It will directly protect the welfare of the Manitobans.”
The planned additional planting for Phase 2 will include three-row plantings west of Elie and include a greater variety of trees and shrubs, bringing the total investment to $ 5.5 million.
Many of the species are native to Manitoba and were all sourced from local suppliers.