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Re: Clarifying Lake Winnipeg's woes, March 21.

I commend the Manitoba Museum and its supporters for providing us with the Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions exhibit, but one critical element is missing: the importance of protecting and managing Manitoba's boreal forest.

Over 75 per cent of the water that enters Lake Winnipeg flows through and is filtered by the boreal forest first.

If land-use decisions and associated activities in the boreal forest result in additional nutrient inputs into the lake, the provincial goal of reducing nutrient loading by 50 per cent will be difficult to achieve.

I hope the province chooses to make maintaining boreal forest health a top priority. It would also be a tremendous benefit to all Manitobans if the museum credited this as a fundamental part of the solution to saving Lake Winnipeg.

RON THIESSEN

Executive director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Manitoba chapter

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 31, 2014 A8

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