A community foot/bike path that winds its way throughout Carman. The pathway links recreation areas such as King’s Park, baseball diamonds, golf course and pool area.
Away from traffic and totally surrounded by nature, part of the pathway features a scenic river path that follows the meandering Boyne River.In the centre of the river path is the tall grass prairie.
The Pathway provides ample opportunity for walking, jogging, biking and cross-country skiing – and just plain enjoying nature.
Carman’s Tall Grass Prairie was initially planted in 1996 by the University of Manitoba’s Botany Department. Several studies on grasses and insects are on-going at Carman’s Tall Grass Prairie.
In 2002, the Province’s Department of Agriculture and Food – Soils & Crops Branch “adopted” the prairie with plans to rejuvenate the grasses and control the weed infestation.
Maintenance plans include controlled burning or mowing (simulates grazing) and biological control of weeds (using insects).
Before settlers arrived, grass fires used to sweep across the prairies, burning from horizon to horizon. Fire breaks down dead vegetation returning nutrients to the soil and allowing the sun to warm the ground earlier in the spring.
Before the arrival of European settlers, the tall grass prairie covered one million square kilometers in central North America extending from Texas to south central Manitoba.
The tall grass prairie was the most productive prairie in North America with grasses reaching over two metres in height. However the deep fertile soils of the prairie were soon transformed by settlers to grow cereal and forage crops.
Today less than one per cent of the original tall grass prairie in Manitoba remains. Most of Manitoba’s endangered plants and wildlife are found in native prairie habitats.
Aspen bluffs replace what was once the common tall grass prairie.