The core protected area of the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve is Riding Mountain National Park and it alone covers some 3000 square kilometers. This area consists of mixedwood forest (white spruce and trembling aspen, known locally as white poplar), eastern deciduous forest (ash, oak, elm, and cottonwood), and rough fescue prairie.
The surrounding area of cooperation comprises the twelve municipalities that surround the park. Covering an additional 12,000 square kilometers, this area contains 30,000 residents and has largely been developed for the growing of grain and forage crops, and for the production of livestock. In addition, the area is rich in lakes, streams and natural habitat, and hunting, guiding, and eco-tourism contribute to the local economy.
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