The Original Forest in Thompson
As you walk north along Spirit Way, can you see the difference between virgin boreal forest and secondary natural growth after trees were cut down in the 1970s. What type of trees grow back first?
- Manitoba’s forest is/has been a major factor in Aboriginal life, recreation, industry, and now global warming.
- The boreal forest is the world’s 2nd largest biome and covers 40% of Manitoba. 70% of Manitoba’s forest is not road accessible and in pristine condition.
- For thousands of years flora and fauna of the forest provided sustenance for Aboriginal people for food, fuel, clothing, medicines, canoes and housing.
- Northern timber supplies a source of high grade fibre for a pulp and paper mill in The Pas.
- Birch tree wine is now made from Manitoba’s trees.
- The temperature of the boreal forest could increase 4-6 degrees over the next 50 years due to global warming.
- Spirit Way partially overlaps the 15 km Millennium Trail which circles which circles the city.
Partial funding received from Wal-Mart Evergreen Grants Program Partial funding received from Province of Manitoba Sustainable Development Innovations Fund