Pembina Valley park to become five times bigger
A Rocha Canada’s Interpretive Centre in Manitoba is situated on an oak and aspen ridge overlooking Pembina Valley Provincial Park. The park – and the centre – were established through the vision and hard work of Henry and Elma Martens. Over a period of 30 years they purchased 440 acres of land and sold it to the Province, for a park, in 2001. Henry has been hard at work again, negotiating the sale of additional environmentally sensitive land to expand the park so that it will grow more than five-fold to a planned 2,310 acres. The extended park will reach the border of the USA, meeting the Tetrault Woods State Forest on the North Dakota border.
A Rocha’s spring raptor counts, conducted for ten years until 2014, have shown that the Pembina Valley is an important migration corridor: over 11,000 birds of prey, of sixteen species, were counted on their northward passage in spring 2014. It’s also important for its breeding birds and rare plants. If you’d like to visit the centre and explore this very beautiful area with its forests, rivers and tall-grass prairie, you’ll get a warm welcome.