How You Can Help
MHC works in partnership with landowners to conserve lands needed to maintain watershed health.
These programs include:
Our Sustainable Slopes Conservation Agreements are designed to protect the natural buffer zones along the Manitoba escarpment.
MHC works with local Conservation Districts to conserve natural areas identified within their watershed plans.
Did you know
The areas alongside streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands are known as “Riparian Areas” or the “Riparian Zone”. Healthy riparian areas usually have a combination of trees, shrubs, and grasses and are areas between water and dry-land. Because of their location on the landscape they are often considered “drier than wet”, but “wetter than dry”. These areas represent about 2% of the land base, but are essential to the overall health of a watershed.
- Riparian areas provide:
- corridors for the movement of wildlife,
- increase biodiversity,
- help to slow flooding by holding back water,
- attenuate the potentially destructive force of flood waters,
- stability for the shoreline which helps reduce erosion,
- fish and aquatic species habitat, and
- regulate water temperature.