Welcome to the Coalition to Save Lemay Forest

What is Lemay Forest?

Lemay Forest is one of the last intact riverbottom forests in the City of Winnipeg. It is a large A-B classification forest and greenfield situated on the banks of the Red River in the historic neighbourhood of St. Norbert.It is surrounded by additional contiguous riparian forest, and the St. Norbert dike system.

This land is also situated on river lots 84 and 85 – two of the last intact river lots in the city, existing largely in the state they did when they were surveyed when the province of Manitoba was created.

The Lemay Forest is a riparian (riverbottom) forest, home to many mature tree species including maple, green ash, elm, cottonwood, and basswood.

It is a nesting place for migratory birds, song birds, birds of prey, and the keystone species pileated woodpecker. It is also a wildlife corridor providing habitat and safe access for many wildlife species, reptiles and amphibians.

Watch our welcome to Lemay Forest video for a summary of what Lemay Forest is and why it’s important to the City of Winnipeg and its residents:

Latest News

The appeal to demolish the dwelling on 823 Lemay Ave was heard by the Riel Community Committee on May 3rd and the decision to deny the demolition application was upheld!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak in delegation as well as submit their written comments. We had 52 written submissions – a new record for our group!

We've Launched a Fundraising Campaign!

We want to show our elected officials that the community is committed to the acquisition process, in both tangible and intangible ways. A grassroots fundraising campaign will send a clear message that we are committed to supporting the City of Winnipeg with their purchase of the 22-acre Lemay Forest and greenfield.

As of: April 28th, 2024:

We’ve officially surpassed our original fundraising goal of $5000! Thank you everyone!  

To date we’ve raised $6845 and we’d love to see it keep growing!

Sign Our Petition Here!

Read our 2023 Year in Review Newsletter

We acknowledge that the Lemay Forest and greenfield land where we seek refuge, photograph its creatures and benefit from is situated on Treaty 1 Territory, the lands stolen from the Anishinaabeg, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate and Denesuline Nations, and the homeland of the Red River Métis. We acknowledge the harms of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous peoples in reconciliation and collaboration.