Target: Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba, Canada
Goal: Thank Manitoba’s leaders for initiating a conservation plan for provincial parks
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) recently teamed up with government officials in Manitoba to expand protections for two provincial wilderness parks. At a press conference, the two groups also announced a strategic park preservation initiative which includes a permanent ban on peat mining within all of Manitoba’s parks.
CPAWS thanked its supporters for helping initiate the mining ban, and Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh for collaborating on the preservation strategy. The new additions make Manitoba’s total protected area equal to nearly 11 percent of the total land mass of the province. In the future, CPAWS proposes adding over 20 thousand hectares of land to Whiteshell and Camp Morton Parks.
The park preservation strategy, titled “Building the Parks Province: Manitoba’s Parks Strategy,” will encourage sustainable changes over the next seven years. By 2020, officials hope to encourage new private investment in the park system, stabilize funding and balance the park system budget, encourage tourism by updating services, and most of all, integrate conservation and environmentalism into all aspects of the parks’ upkeep.
Leaders hope to use funds from private investors to directly support sustainable innovations. The province of Manitoba will also begin supporting green research and development, along with offering tax credits to companies providing sustainable technologies and products. Thank Manitoba’s leaders for their green park initiative.
Dear Mr. Selinger,
With the help of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Canada’s Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh, leaders in Manitoba have implemented a sustainability plan for provincial parks. Leaders also announced a permanent ban on peat mining throughout all of the parks. These are landmark decisions that deserve praise.
Protected areas in Manitoba now equal nearly 11 percent of the province’s overall landmass. Over the next seven years, you hope to encourage private investment in green research and technology and other sustainability initiatives in the parks. You will also offer tax credits to those companies that produce sustainable products and use green business practices. I praise these developments and look forward to their success.
I thank you for your decision to create an environmental initiative for Manitoba’s provincial parks, and I hope that you will consider adding more land area to these protected regions in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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