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?
Effective July 15, 2014 the Special Areas Board is informing the public that a fire advisory is in effect and extends throughout Special Areas No. 2, 3 and 4.
Due to continued hot dry conditions and forecasted higher winds, the Special Areas Board advises extreme caution and that only necessary burning should take place. ATV engines and vehicle exhaust systems can cause wildfires, please ensure debris is removed from these areas. Safe campfires are currently allowed in the parks, but may be restricted if conditions worsen. The public is asked to ensure all fires are attended to and completely extinguished before leaving unattended (SOAK IT, STIR IT, and SOAK IT AGAIN). If the fire hazard continues to increase, further restrictions may be implemented.
For further information contact:
Glen Durand at (403) 779-3733
Board Order No. 05/14
WHEREAS pursuant to Section 14, Subsection (1) of the Motor Transport Act, being Chapter M-20 RSA 1980, the Special Areas Board may limit or restrict the weight and load to be carried by a traction engine, public service vehicle or commercial vehicle using a district highway, local road or portion of either, for such period or periods as the Board may determine; and
WHEREAS road conditions have changed such that loading restrictions can now be removed; and
NOW THEREFORE IT IS ORDERED that Board Order No. 01/14 is hereby cancelled as of Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, at 8:00 A.M. and all loading restrictions are removed, with the exception of:
a specific oiled road in Special Areas 2 restricting bus, truck and trailer traffic to Ninety percent (90%) of authorized load limits except as allowed under the act or regulation on the following roads:
Local Paved Surfaced road south of Hanna described as 3 miles south of Highway 9 along Range Road 14-4 and 4 miles west on Township Road 30-4 to Junction Highway 862.
DATED at Hanna, Alberta, this 18th day of June, A.D., 2014.
Board Order No. 06/14
WHEREAS pursuant to the authority granted under the Traffic Safety Act, the Special Areas Board may limit or restrict the weight and load to be carried by a traction engine, public service vehicle or commercial vehicle using a district highway, local road or portion of either, for such period or periods as the Board may determine; and
WHEREAS it is deemed necessary to impose various loading restrictions on Township Road 31-4 (known as Girletz Road) from junction Secondary Highway 886, West 3 miles to Range Road 7-1, South 2 miles to Township Road 31-2, and West 4 miles to Range Road 7-5, within Special Areas No. 3.
NOW IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that a road ban be placed on the above noted municipal road in Special Areas 3 effective 8:00 A.M., June 24, 2014 restricting bus, truck and trailer traffic to Seventy-five percent (75%) of authorized load limits except as allowed under the act or regulation or except as noted below; and on all gravel roads restricting loads to 100% of authorized limits.
DATED at Hanna, Alberta this 24th day of June, A.D., 2014.
Please slow down when traveling through construction zones; it may cost you only a minute but it may cost us a life!
Prairie Oasis Park Reservation Service
SPECIAL AREAS HAS AN APP!
The Special Areas Board now offers an app to iPad and iPhone users. The app shows current local weather status as well as where recent snoplow activity has taken place in rural roads. We are very excited to have this app available for free on the iTunes App store and can be downloaded by searching for "Special Areas" or by following the provided link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/special-areas/id797758500?ls=1&mt=8
ALSO, we’re offering the same information that our iOS app has on the www.sabmaps.com website. This site requires a Silverlight capable browser.
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