Upper Assiniboine River Conservation DistrictBy admin
Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District (UARCD) was established in 1996 with a diverse landscape bordering part of the west side of the province, ranging from the Newdale Plain to the border of Riding Mountain National Park. The undulating topography can vary over 200 meters. The dominant feature of the landscape is the Assiniboine River meandering gently through the area. The Assiniboine River has carved an impressive valley. At times, the valley is over 75 meters deep with steep slopes. The valley is one of the most scenic aspects of the CD but is also a major resource management issue. The surface drainage flows generally to the southeast through a number of minor rivers and streams. Potholes are abundant in the prairie grassland region area of the UARCD.
UARCD covers over 2200 square miles with three distinct landscapes: uplands; plains; and river valleys. Included in the CD are the Rural Municipality’s of Archie, Birtle, Ellice, Hamiota, Miniota, Rossburn, Wallace, Woodworth, Municipality of Shoal Lake, Town’s of Birtle, Hamiota, Rossburn, Virden and Village’s of Elkhorn and St. Lazare.
We are committed to maintaining a landscape that is capable of supporting our environmental, economic and social well being for now and into the future. We strive to provide leadership in resource planning, implementation of programs and promotion of conservation practices.
Integrated Watershed Management Plan
Along with our partnering CD’s, Little Saskatchewan River, we have completed the Arrow-Oak River IWMP, as well as with Lake of the Prairie’s we have completed the Assiniboine-Birdtail IWMP, receiving Provincial Recognition in 2011.
The Assiniboine Riparian Forest began in 2008 as a multi-year project, 6 km. south of Miniota on 83 highway, along the Assiniboine River. To date approximately 900 trees have been planted. There is a walking trail and presentation/picnic area. The site is geared to education, with descriptive signage on the varieties of trees. We look forward to holding outdoor environmental presentations for schools within the district on healthy riparian areas, water quality, and the importance of natural areas.