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Parks Canada updates invasive species program


Parks Canada has made some changes to its Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program by empowering motor boaters and paddlers to play a key role in keeping zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species out of park waters.
Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) will offer seasonal permit orientation sessions to engage frequent lake users in protecting park waters. The sessions will provide boater with the knowledge needed to become stewards of the park.
In addition, upon completion of the session and a mandatory inspection of their watercraft, visitors will be issued a seasonal permit and can enter RMNP waters as often as they like, provided they do not launch anywhere outside of the park.
This eliminates the need of having to renew permits every week throughout the season.
Should you launch your motorboat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and inflatables outside of RMNP, the permit becomes invalid. In order to re-enter park waters, re-inspection is mandatory.
These sessions will last from 1-1/2 to two hours. They began May long weekend and will run until July.
The following is a list of dates and times for sessions to be held at the Visitor Centre in Wasagaming:
• May 18 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• May 19, 20 and 22 -10 a.m. to noon.
• May 25 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• May 28 - 70 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• June 1 and 4 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• June 6 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• June 8 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• June 15 and 18 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• June 20 - 10 a.m. to noon and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• June 22 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• June 29 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• July 6 and 13 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Preregistration is required and can be booked by calling 204-848-7275.
Sessions are being planned for Dauphin, McCreary and Rossburn, with dates to be determined.

Staff Writer