One of the earliest participants in the Wetland Restoration Incentive Program (WRIP) was Fred Sharpe. In addition to being one of the first, this project also turned out to be one of the largest wetland restorations that MHHC has done to date. The aim of the WRIP is to capture carbon and reduce Manitoba’s greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2009, 28 acres of wetlands were restored on Fred Sharpe’s property. As the wetlands fill this spring with snowmelt and rain water, they will also be sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon storage provided by these wetlands will offset the equivalent of 14 mid-sized cars annually for the next 50 years. The Sharpe family has long ties to our province, with his son and daughter being the fifth generation of Sharpes to live in the Minnedosa area. By participating in the wetland restoration incentive program the family hopes to leave their mark on the landscape in new and innovative ways.