Welcome to Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve

Riding Mountain UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (RMBR), one of 18 Biosphere Reserves in Canada, was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1986. It is a special area within which people are encouraged to demonstrate better approaches to conservation and sustainable resource use.

The core protected area, Riding Mountain National Park, covers some 3,000 square kilometers of mixedwood forest, eastern deciduous forest, and rough fescue prairie. RMBR also includes a Zone of Cooperation which consists of the 12 municipalities and 4 First Nations that surround the Park, comprising an additional 12,000 square kilometers. The RMBR is encompassed primarily by Treaty 2 and to the west adjoined to Treaty 4. The landscape has been settled and managed by First Nations people since time immemorial.

The RMBR is rich in lakes, streams and natural habitat. Development within the Biosphere Reserve has largely been for the growing of grain and forage crops, and for the production of livestock. Hunting, guiding, and eco-tourism also contribute to the local economy.

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Zebra Mussels

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Zebra Mussels and Invasive Species


Manitoba Sustainable Development reports the province’s ongoing aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring has found a single suspect zebra mussel in Singush Lake in the southeast portion of Duck Mountain Provincial Park.

In December of 2017 zebra mussel environmental DNA (eDNA) was identified at Whirlpool Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. As a result of this Whirlpool Lake and Campground will be closed to campers and all watercraft indefinitely. No live zebra mussels or zebra mussels larvae (veligers) have been found at Whirlpool Lake. Testing will continue at the site in the 2018 season.

As part of the ongoing efforts for monitoring and early detection of AIS, submerged test equipment called substrate samplers were placed in lakes and rivers across the province.  These substrate samplers were collected at the end of the season in 2016 and analyzed over the winter.  During this analysis, a single damaged mussel was discovered on one of the samplers from Singush Lake.  DNA testing conducted by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed the sample was consistent with the zebra mussel species.

As a result of this finding, the provincial government is considering Singush Lake “suspect for zebra mussels” and is implementing its early detection and rapid response protocol at this lake.  This work will involve ongoing monitoring during the upcoming open-water season on Singush Lake and surrounding water bodies.

Manitobans are reminded to take an active role in preventing the spread of AIS such as zebra mussels by ensuring any vessels or objects that have been in the water are cleaned, drained and dried.  Boaters are also reminded the province will once again have decontamination units and watercraft inspection staff located at high-traffic areas of the province this summer.  Boaters are reminded to stop at watercraft inspection stations set up on the highways to ensure watercraft are not transporting AIS.

For more information on aquatic invasive species, visit www.manitoba.ca/stopthespread or call (toll-free) 1-87-STOP AIS-0 (1-877-867-2470).

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“At the Farm Gate” Spring Market – Saturday, May 18, 2019






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Recent News / Articles of Interest

RMBR 2019 General Meetings
Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve Meetings for 2019  January 31, 2019 – Annual General Meeting March 28, 2019 – General Meeting May 30, 2019 – General Meeting July 25, 2019 – General Meeting September 26, 2019 – General Meeting November 28, 2019 – General Meeting  

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Upcoming “At the Farm Gate” Market’s 2019
Help us make the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve region more sustainable and known for its unique local flavour. To learn more about the At the Farm Gate Market, click here. “At the Farm Gate” Spring Market      Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Onanole Recreation Centre in Onanole, Manitoba from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   […]

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Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve Contributes to Local Economy
Funding cuts affect ability to deliver programs Erickson, Manitoba, February 5, 2014 – Biosphere reserves have the capacity to work with municipalities to build prosperous, vibrant and sustainable communities. They provide access to the United Nations’ vast research and project management resources. Imagine being able to tap into the knowledge base and capacity-building power of […]

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Celebrate World Snow Day!
Get Outside and Play on World Snow Day! Celebrate all things snow on January 20, 2013. The RMBR is participating in World Snow Day by asking people who live and play in Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve to do something “Snowy” on January 20, 2013! Come join us and Friends of Riding Mountain National Park to Fly […]

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RMBR General Meeting
Next General Meeting Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve  – Erickson Office. 61 2nd NE, Erickson MB

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News Archive
Still haven't caught your interest? Try reading through the older articles in our News Archive.

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Upcoming Events

Many interesting events are going on in the RMBR. Our events page will keep you up-to-date with what is coming up. You don't want to miss out!

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At the Farm Gate Spring Market – May 18, 2019
When: May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Onanole Rec Centre, Onanole, Manitoba


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RMBR Annual General Meeting 2019
When: January 31, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Crossroads Community Centre, 46 Main Street, Erickson, Manitoba


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RMBR General Meeting
When: November 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: RMBR Erickson Office, 61 2 St NE, Erickson, MB R0J 0P0, Canada


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General Meeting
When: April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: RMBR Erickson Office, 61 2 St NE, Erickson, MB R0J 0P0, Canada


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At the Farm Gate Spring Market
When: May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Onanole Recreation Centre, 386 Central Road, Onanole, MB R0J 1N0, Canada


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Aquatic Invasive Species Stakeholder Summits –Western Manitoba
When: April 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Sandy Lake Community Hall, Main St, Sandy Lake, MB R0J 1X0, Canada

Poster – Stop AIS Summits Final

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Aquatic Invasive Species Stakeholder Summits – Western Manitoba
When: April 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Roblin Life & Arts Centre - top floor,, 106 3 Ave E, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0, Canada

Poster – Stop AIS Summits Final

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