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THE Selinger government is seeking public input as it prepares to create two new wilderness parks in Manitoba's far North.
The two new parks would surround Nueltin Lake and Colvin Lake, respectively, in the province's northwest corner.
The proposed Colvin Lake Provincial Park would run along the Saskatchewan border and extend close to Nunavut. It falls in a transition area between the boreal forest and the tundra. Its proposed size is 162,800 hectares (402,000 acres).
The Nueltin Lake Provincial Park would lie to the east of the Colvin Lake park and extend to the Nunavut border. It would be about 447,000 hectares (1.1 million acres) in size.
Both parks would lie within the traditional territories of Northlands Dene First Nation and Sayisi Dene First Nation.
Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie said he expects the government will make a formal decision on the new parks and their proposed boundaries before the end of the year.
To obtain more information, visit manitobaparks.com or call Manitoba Conservation at 945-6784 or toll-free at 1-800-214-6497.
Manitobans wanting to comment on the proposed parks must send them in by June 25. Email comments to email@example.com or mail them to the Parks and Natural Areas Branch, Box 53, 200 Saulteaux Cres., Winnipeg, Man., R3J 3W3.