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Tallgrass Prairie (Photo by NCC)

Tallgrass Prairie (Photo by NCC)

Grasslands are among the world’s most endangered ecosystems

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Nature is our ally. You are too.

 
In Manitoba, it is estimated that 90 per cent of native prairie grasslands have already been lost, creating a real and urgent concern for the species, communities, farmers, producers and Indigenous Peoples who rely on them. Manitoba’s prairies, forests, wetlands and lakes not only provide important habitat for rare and endangered species; they also help to mitigate flooding, filter our drinking water, sequester and store carbon, and support sustainable agriculture by attracting pollinators and protecting the land against drought. These natural landscapes are nature’s gift and, along with Manitoba’s Indigenous and agricultural communities, and all Manitobans, our ally in the fight against the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

This is why the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is accelerating conservation in Manitoba and across Canada. The United Nations has named this the Decade on Restoration and we’re answering their rallying cry to help heal the planet, starting with some of the most endangered and important ecosystems in the world.

We can’t do it without you.

Signature Manitoba grassland projects

NCC has secured more than 200 properties and has helped to conserve over 71,161 hectares of ecologically significant land and water in Manitoba. With a high diversity of species and some large tracts of native grasslands still intact, Manitoba has an opportunity that is not possible in other parts of the world: an opportunity to come together to conserve grasslands forever. Here are a few of NCC's signature projects found in the Manitoba grasslands:

Gaillardia flowers, Fort Ellice, MB (Photo by Karol Dabbs)

Fort Ellice

Juvenile burrowing owls (Photo by Lauren Meads)

Jackson Pipestone

Sunrise birding on Lake Ranch (Photo by Thomas Fricke)

Lake Ranch

Drinkwalter property (Photo by NCC/Josh Dillabough)

Drinkwalter

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