Community Engagement & Development

Committee for Moose Management

Bull MooseReaching consensus among stakeholders in the management of natural resources, including wildlife, is a goal of the MBMF. Moose have been identified as an important resource in the Model Forest to many people and for many reasons. People rely on the hunting of moose for food as well as for sport while others find an intrinsic value in their existence.

The MBMF Committee for Moose Management was formed in 1995 and represents a diverse group of stakeholders with different views and interests on moose management. These interests include First Nations people, environmental groups, wildlife clubs, industry and government. The primary objective of the Committee is to develop a consensus between stakeholders that melds traditional beliefs, current rights, and non-Aboriginal views into a common vision for moose management in the Manitoba Model Forest area.

The Committee, in cooperation with Manitoba Conservation and the forest industry, has conducted moose population surveys, established monitoring programs to assess moose population responses to forest harvesting, access management and hunting restrictions, developed educational newsletters and organized community information sessions and workshops. The Committee is developing additional monitoring programs to assist in understanding the predator/prey relationships that exist between moose and wolves in the MBMF area. Moose Management publications are available for viewing and download on the Publication page.

In 2006, a small pilot project was initiated, by Hollow Water First Nation and Black River First Nation, to identify options for First Nation co-management of moose in the MBMF area. Additional funding proposals, to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, have been developed to establish pilot areas in which to develop and test co-management models. This represents an important first step for First Nations to take a more active role in the management of natural resources in Manitoba.