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Huge new boreal forest preserve in Manitoba

Efforts to combat climate change and diminishing wildlands have increasingly focused on the vast belt of northern forest that rings the globe south of the Arctic. The boreal forest is a vast repository of stored carbon and, in much of northern Canada, a pristine region populated by wolves and caribou along rivers still teeming with fish.

The forest in Canada’s Manitoba province has been under threat in recent years by expanding hydropower development. A major new electrical transmission line has been sought through the wild woodlands east of Lake Winnipeg, a plan many indigenous residents say would threaten a region they have called home for thousands of years.

Now the government of Manitoba has granted permanent legal protection to nearly 2 million acres — an area the size of Yellowstone National Park — on the ancestral lands of the Poplar River First Nation people.

Read the original article at: Los Angeles Times

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