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MANAGING TOURISM IN THE CAPE CHURCHILL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA. Churchill. Winnipeg. Churchill. Cape Churchill Wildlife Management Area. Wapusk National Park. Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Area. CAPE CHURCHILL WMA.

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Churchill

Winnipeg

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Churchill

Cape Churchill

Wildlife Management Area

Wapusk

National

Park

Cape Tatnam

Wildlife Management Area

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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Established in 1978 to protect habitats used by polar bear, caribou, snow geese and Canada geese and other significant avian populations
  • Wapusk National Park established in 1996 from lands within the WMA
  • Birding destination since 1930s
  • Polar bear viewing on commercial basis began on small scale in early 1980s
  • Annual visitor numbers now exceed 18000 per year
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Managed under the Manitoba Wildlife Act and Regulations
  • Management goals are:
      • to conserve indigenous wildlife including plants, insects and animals as well as their habitat
      • to encourage scientific research that enhances the department's ability to manage wildlife and its habitats
      • to create a better awareness of Manitoba's wildlife and conservation measures
      • to ensure that Constitutional and Treaty obligations to First Nations people are respected and accommodated
      • to provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and commercial eco-tourism in a manner that will maintain high quality viewing experiences and minimize the impact on the landscape and individual animals
      • to provide opportunities for hunting and trapping, with special consideration given to the requirements of local residents
      • to meet Canada’s and Manitoba’s commitment and obligations to the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and their Habitat
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Managed under the Manitoba Wildlife Act and Regulations
  • Management goals are:
      • to conserve indigenous wildlife including plants, insects and animals as well as their habitat
      • to encourage scientific research that enhances the department's ability to manage wildlife and its habitats
      • to create a better awareness of Manitoba's wildlife and conservation measures
      • to ensure that Constitutional and Treaty obligations to First Nations people are respected and accommodated
      • to provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and commercial eco-tourism in a manner that will maintain high quality viewing experiences and minimize the impact on the landscape and individual animals
      • to provide opportunities for hunting and trapping, with special consideration given to the requirements of local residents
      • to meet Canada’s and Manitoba’s commitment and obligations to the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and their Habitat
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Land Use Restrictions
    • off-road use of motor vehicles restricted to designated trails
    • new trail establishment prohibited
    • permanent structures prohibited
  • Activity Restrictions
    • maximum 2 mobile camps for commercial tourism
    • maximum 18 off road vehicles for commercial tourism
    • maximum 6 light helicopters for aerial tours
    • prohibited entry into designated areas while polar bears are on land
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Issues Related to Vehicle Use
    • The area consists of tundra ponds, wetlands, peatlands and stranded beaches
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Issues Related to Vehicle Use
    • The area consists of tundra ponds, wetlands, peatlands and stranded beaches
    • Existing trails are braided in some locations
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Issues Related to Vehicle Use
    • The area consists of tundra ponds, wetlands, peatlands and stranded beaches
    • Existing trails were braided in some locations
    • Wet areas on the trail are degraded as vehicles made new trails through the wet area
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Issues Related to Vehicle Use
    • The area consists of tundra ponds, wetlands, peatlands and stranded beaches
    • Existing trails were braided in some locations
    • Wet areas on the trail were degraded as vehicles made new trails through the wet area
    • Public safety must be foremost in bear country
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Wildlife Issues
    • Many species of wildlife are susceptible to disturbance with significant consequences
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Wildlife Issues
    • Many species of wildlife are susceptible to disturbance with significant consequences
    • Tourists paying for facilities demand the “perfect” photo opportunity
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Wildlife Issues
    • Many species of wildlife are susceptible to disturbance with significant consequences
    • Tourists paying for facilities demand the “perfect” photo opportunity often resulting in undesirable effects
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Management Action on Vehicle Impacts to the Land
    • Installation of culverts in the worst wet areas
    • Removal of rocks from selected wet areas
  • Management Action Enforced on Tour Operators
    • Public safety standards and requirement that tour groups be under supervision at all times
    • Prohibition on feeding or baiting wildlife
    • Minimum approach distances to wildlife
    • Requirement to vacate area if wildlife react to aircraft by attempting to avoid the aircraft
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • Management Action in Progress
    • Trail mapping and inventory
    • Operational guidelines for tundra vehicle drivers
    • Development of significant land use and activity restrictions in critical wildlife habitats
    • co-ordinate management of human activities in the WMA with the adjacent Wapusk National Park
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • New Issues to be Addressed in the Future
    • Increasing numbers of tourists and congested periods of the year
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CAPE CHURCHILL WMA
  • New Issues to be Addressed in the Future
    • Increasing numbers of tourists and congested periods of the year
    • Steady demand by tour companies for increased access or facilities in the WMA
    • Capture of revenue from WMA users for maintenance of the lands used for eco-tourism
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