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Episode of Striking Balance filmed at biosphere reserve

Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve recently Supported the filming of an episode of Striking Balance. They will be back in the spring to finish filming and interviews.
Master's Student Zhaochang Zhang (University of Saskatchewan), assisted by teachers Larissa Matechuk and Bev Flath, hosted an invasive species workshop from Hafford Central School June 29. The workshop included identification of invasive weeds like leafy spurge and flowering rush, as well as information about aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels which threaten our lakes and rivers. Photo by Susanne Abe

Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve recently Supported the filming of an episode of Striking Balance.

They will be back in the spring to finish filming and interviews. This will be a great documentary showcasing our Biosphere Reserve and the people who live here.

A partnership with the School of Environment and Sustainability has brought two more students to the RLBR to complete projects that will help them complete their post graduate studies.

The reserve has signed a formal MOU with the Research Institute for Humanities and Nature (ILEK Project) from Kyoto, Japan. This is a research sharing agreement regarding sustainable development and environmental protection in the biosphere reserve.

A project that involved replacing the shingles, soffits and facia on the Ukrainian National Hall has been completed. This project was in partnership with the Team Youth Force group and the Town of Hafford.

Funding for a community-based grant that will bring seniors and the youth of our community together has been secured. It involves residents of the Hafford Special Care Facility teaching school students gardening in raised beds.These beds are specially designed so seniors in wheelchairs can access them with ease and can take part in the project.

The Prairie Waters Working Group has been established to work with partners on water related issues in the RLBR and across the province. The first project that we have taken on is an awareness initiative to educate about the dangers of Aquatic Invasive Species to the waters of the province.

The reserve continues to work with the North Saskatchewan River Basin Council to provide source water protection in the biosphere watershed and the extended watershed of the North Saskatchewan River. This is an important contract as it keeps the reserve in contact with other organizations in the province that are key in raising the profile of the RLBR. These contacts will be key in our quest to obtaining stable funding and fulfilling goals into the future.

A formal Redberry Lake Trail Association has been formed that is a separate entity from the BR. This group will continue with the maintenance and establishment of trails that where started by the BR in the past.

Upcoming activities:

The reserve will bring about 15 urban and rural municipalities and First Nation reserves together to convert an abandoned hog barn site in the RLBR into a regional waste management facility that will be used for household waste and the recycling of regular and agricultural plastic materials. This project also involves converting some of the buildings on site for local economic development.

Through a partnership with the NSRBC, an environment-based project in the RLBR and North Sask Watershed will be pursued. This will involve working with two First Nations to develop source water protection plans for their reserves.