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The protected CNC organization ;ge a new wetland in Manitoba

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The land is a little smaller than the area of ​​the village of Osborne , in Winnipeg.

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The non-profit Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has taken ownership of a new 78-hectare peatland located along the Highway 15, near the municipality of Sainte-Rita, Manitoba.

A bog is a wetland that contains peat, a material which offers, among other things, protection against flooding because of its ability to absorb excess water. It helps maintain humidity and nourish the plants.

The Rosenburg family of Winnipeg had in their possession this land, located near the municipality of Sainte-Rita, for 40 years and donated it at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Tim Teetart works at NCC and is responsible for the Eastern Manitoba region. He says it is important to protect this land because it was coveted for peat extraction.

Intact wetlands are increasingly threatened in Canada, he says.

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Tim Teetaert is the manager of the Tall Grass Prairie, Whitemouth River Watershed and Interlake natural areas in eastern Manitoba.

The land is bordered by agricultural land to the west and Aggasiz Provincial Forest to the east. It is home to a variety of plant and animal species along Hazel Creek which flows into Lake Winnipeg.

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In the spring, NCC will take inventory of the fauna and flora found on this land, in order to determine the appropriate preservation plan.

According to the director of the department of geography and environment at Brandon University, Pete Whittington, peatlands play an important role in the fight against climate change.

Although they cover 3% of the Earth's surface, peatlands capture twice as much carbon as all the world's forests combined, he says.

Peatlands also have the capacity to retain a large amount of excess moisture, which is increasingly important given the frequency and changing nature of severe weather events across the Prairies .

Pete Whittington argues that it is possible to find a balance between the exploitation of peat found in wetlands and their preservation.

We live in a resource-based economy, and many of these peatlands provide good-paying jobs in rural towns. So there are economic factors at play, he says.

With information from Riley Laychuk

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