Rossburn is located in one of the 13 biosphere reserves in Canada. This is a big deal for our community.
As of November 2004, there were 459 biosphere reserves in the world, 13 of which are located in Canada. The Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 297 591 ha.
Biosphere reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems, or a combination thereof, which are internationally recognized within the framework of UNESCO’s program on Man and the Biosphere.
A biosphere reserve is composed of a core area, buffer zone and an area of cooperation.
National parks comprise the core area for six of the Canadian reserves.
The dominant topographic feature is the Manitoba Escarpment – the abundant transition from the Manitoba lowlands to the first prairie level, the Saskatchewan plain. Maximum elevation change is 365 m over 6 km, in the northeast corner of Riding Mountain National Park.