The Association of Manitoba Community Pastures has secured several successful partnerships that make new investments into the Community Pastures and advance the environment, health, and forage quality of the lands. Our partnerships highlight the numerous benefits of well-managed prairie grazing lands as we jointly invest in monitoring the health and diversity of the pasture program.
Since 2014 AMCP has received funding support under the Canada-Manitoba government agricultural partnership initiatives - Growing Forward 2 and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). Thanks to this support AMCP has transitioned the community pasture program, implemented a variety of projects across the pasture system, notably a brush management program, forage and pasture quality improvements and new and improved water sources to mitigate the impacts of drought. Growing Forward 2 funding was also used to undertake a report detailing the Ecological Goods & Services of AMCP Community Pastures, worth over $13 million a year. Read the press release and final report here:
This year AMCP secured funding through the MHHC Conservation Trust for improvements to the Alonsa and McCreary Community Pastures and science-based range health assessments. AMCP projects are a great fit with the Conservation Trust. It is delivered by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation to fund activities that create, conserve, or enhance natural infrastructure for the benefit of Manitobans.
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Over the last three years AMCP and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) have worked together to jointly deliver projects that monitor and improve the biodiversity of prairie grasslands in priority areas. NCC recognizes the importance of the Community Pasture program in supporting the habitat for a number of species at risk and rare grassland birds. NCC has provided funding and staff support for AMCP to undertake a number of initiatives including range health assessments, land management planning and grassland enhancement projects that support native grasslands and incorporate species-at-risk habitat requirements.
Important Bird Area Designation
Tbanks to the strong range stewardship of the Community Pastures, AMCP had two Community Pastures designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in March 2019. Bird Studies Canada, Nature Manitoba and Nature Saskatchewan announced that the Ellice-Archie and Spy Hill-Ellice Community Pastures would form part of a new Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Read more about this designation here: Link caption
Any birders interested in visiting the Community Pastures are to contact AMCP in advance of access.