Dakota West Resource Conservation and Development Association
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Regional Profile

Dakota West comprises a land area of 8,839 square miles and lies in an area of North Dakota known as the Missouri Plateau and Missouri Slope. The topography is generally described as gently undulating prairie with buttes, plateaus and is well drained. The area boasts some of the most beautiful and rugged topography in North Dakota, including the North Dakota Badlands, Little Missouri National Grasslands and the Little Missouri Scenic River.

The Fort Berthold Reservation extends into the northeastern corner of the Area, in Dunn County, and is the home of the Three Affiliated Tribes, also known as the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation.

The climate of the Area is classified as Mid-latitude Steppe, and is also referred to as Continental Steppe or Semi-Arid, which is characterized by warm summers and cold winters. Average annual precipitation is between fourteen and sixteen inches, with over half falling in the months of April through July. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones in the area ranges from 3a to 4A.

The Area’s population was 35,123 according to the 2000 U.S. Census. Dickinson is the Area’s largest City, with a 2000 U.S. Census population of 16,010. Projections indicate population will continue to decline in all Region VIII counties, but recent developments in the energy sector may alter those projections.

The economic base of the Area is primarily agriculture and energy, principally oil development, with some seasonal tourism impact. Dickinson serves as the regional hub for retail sales, secondary wholesale distribution, light manufacturing, health care services and higher education.

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