The Redberry Lake Biosphere Region (RLBR) is one of 18 biosphere regions across Canada and the only one in Saskatchewan!
In 2000, Redberry Lake- Mihkomin sâkahikan received its UNESCO designation as a biosphere region. It is part of a global network of 701 locations in 124 countries within the traditional territories of more than 50 Indigenous Nations. We welcome all visitors to explore, get involved with and discover our unique corner of the world!
The Redberry Lake Biosphere region is nestled in the Aspen Parkland- where the great plains meet the boreal forest. The environment, a unique transition zone includes a saline lake, fresh water lakes and picturesque rolling prairie, dotted with seasonal ponds and marshes along with aspen/shrub groves. Though the land is highly grazed and cultivated, small patches of natural mixed prairie can be found here- a glimpse into the diverse ecosystem that once existed.
The landscape encompasses Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional territories of the Cree Peoples and the homelands of the Métis Nation and was historically known as a gathering place for both Bison and people. The environment continues to be influenced by the Indigenous Nations and settler communities that followed and lived with these majestic herds.
Today, the region is also an important site for conservation due to its abundant wildlife & native plant species.
Striking Balance Docuseries
Every biosphere region consists of three geographical zones: Core area, buffer zone and transition zone.
Redberry Lake, a Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
This is the protected part within the Biosphere Region. It is here that we research, measure and collect information on how sustainable the activities within the Sanctuary are, or, the environmental impact from the communities that surround it. The core area can also be a resource for projects which are developed with local people, businesses and other partners in the adjacent buffer zone.
The land surrounding the lake.
This is intended to be an area where human use is less intensive than the Transition zone and supports protecting the Core Area. It is used for activities with sound ecological practices, including environmental education, recreation, ecotourism, and applied and basic research.
All areas the Redberry Lake watershed connects with.
This includes First Nation traditional territories, several rural municipalities and the communities within those RM’s, along with prominent national and provincial wildlife lands. This zone has a primary function of serving as a place for sustainable development within the region. This means working together to manage and sustainably develop the biosphere’s resources alongside non- profits, agencies, settlements, communities, scientists, cultural groups, rightsholder, stakeholder and economic interest groups.
In collaboration with our partner, The North Saskatchewan River Basin Council (NSRBC), Agri-environmental technicians are available to help you apply to The Farm Stewardship Program and The Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program. Both programs offer funding for farmers’ interested in implementing environmental-friendly practices.
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