Sharing the land: Wildlife Haven in Ile-des-Chenes, MB has just signed a community land lease partnership with TransCanada to create a long-term foundation for their rehabilitation and educational programming.
A mother fox and her babies nestle together under the trees lining the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre’s future home. These aren’t patients at the facility, but perhaps sometime in the past 30 years, Wildlife Haven rescued a forefather of the red fox family who lives there today.
A little ways from their burrow, Wildlife Haven is showcasing their future location and celebrating a new long-term community land lease on these 18 acres north of TransCanada’s Station 41 in Ile-des-Chênes, MB.
“The opportunity to partner with TransCanada for this community land lease is amazing for Wildlife Haven,” says Judy Robertson, Board Member, Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. “We’ve seen increasing requests from the community to enhance our educational component and even add an interpretive centre.”
“Working with TransCanada to develop a capital plan that accommodates our very specific needs is exciting for us.”
– Judy Robertson, Board Member, Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre
A volunteer-driven, non-profit organization, Wildlife Haven has occupied various locations since it began rehabilitating injured wildlife and educating the public in 1984. For the past five years, their home has been an unused dairy barn donated by the Van Gorp family in Ile-des-Chênes. The new land partnership equips Wildlife Haven to develop a facility plan tailored to their needs, which include long flyways to rehabilitate large birds like bald eagles, keeping predators and prey apart, limiting human contact with animals preparing for rerelease into the wild and meeting the increasing demand for wildlife education.
“For over 60 years we have been working, living and operating in this wonderful community, which is near the right-of-way of TransCanada’s first project, the Canadian Mainline,” says Bryce Lord, vice-president, Canada and Mexico Gas Operations at TransCanada. “As our Energy East project gets underway, we will be able to generate more job opportunities and tax revenues for the local economy and we will continue to work at the local level, like we’re doing with Wildlife Haven and like we did with the community centre that opened a few years ago in Ile-des-Chênes.”
TransCanada’s local team members help inform our community investment planning so we can contribute to the prosperity and sustainability of the communities where we live and work. Our Community Investment program focuses on safety, community and environment.