Under the Special Areas Act,the Special Areas Board is responsible for the administration of approximately 2.6 million acres of public land within the area. These lands consist of 1.6 million acres of Crown land and 1 million acres of Tax Recovery land. The Special Areas Board leases these lands to local farmers and ranchers for grazing and cultivation purposes. As well the Special Area Board also issues leases to oil and gas producers for the development and production of natural gas and oil reserves.
What's New in the Special Areas?
Limited Fire Ban - Special Areas 2, 3 & 4
Effective May 6, 2013 the Special Areas Board is imposing a fire ban to extend throughout Special Areas No. 2, 3 & 4.
The ban is imposed on all outdoor fires but does not include gas or propane barbeques or fires contained in campfire facilities in designated camping areas unless specifically posted. This means campfire open fires are only allowed in the designated fire pits at Prairie Oasis Park, and in the East, West and North Blocks of Blood Indian Parks. This means NO OTHER open campfires are allowed at any other Special Areas municipal parks or campgrounds.
The Towns or Villages or Provincial Parks within the Special Areas handle their own restrictions and should be contacted directly.
For further information, contact Glen Durand (Fire Chief) at 403 779 - 3733
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CAROLSIDE RESERVOIR CAMPGROUND UPDATE
Please be advised the Carolside Reservoir campground has undergone some major earthwork over the winter with the construction of a new boat launch and breakwater. This construction project was completed by Special Areas resources and personnel. The Parks Dept. would like to commend Construction Foreman John Hogan and his equipment operators for their excellent job. The launch and breakwater are Area landmarks that will provide generations of safe boat launching!
The reservoir experienced extremely low water levels over the winter and a fish die off is suspected. Please contact local Fish and Wildlife at 403 854-5540 for current and accurate reservoir fish status.
The campground is open for use as of May 15th but the SAB Parks Dept. are still completing construction and cleanup which requires some areas of the campground to be closed.