Species at risk
The Manitoba Endangered Species Act is a provincial law established in 1990 to ensure the protection and enhance the survival of threatened and endangered species in Manitoba. Unlike Species at Risk Act this provincial law applies to all land in Manitoba, whether provincial, federal or private. The Endangered Species and Ecosystems Advisory Committee has a role similar to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). It advises the minister of sustainable development regarding species that should be designated under the Act, and as with COSEWIC and SARA the provincial committee is an advisory body only.
At present, three Manitoba orchids that grow in the tall grass prairie are listed as endangered under MBESA: the western prairie-fringed orchid, the small white lady's slipper and the Great Plains ladies' tresses.