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Public Lands

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.

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What's New in the Special Areas?

Upcoming Events and Information    

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As Jay Slemp has retired as Chairman of the Special Areas Board, Jordon Christianson (Director of Property Administration) has been appointed Acting Chairman of the Special Areas Board by the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs.

This appointment will be for the interim until a new Chairman is selected and appointed by Cabinet. Alberta Municipal Affairs will be proceeding with a competitive recruitment process to permanently fill the Chairman position. This process is expected to be completed within the next few months.
You can reach Jordon via email at Jordon.christianson@specialareas.ab.ca or at (403) 854-5600.

After over 40 years of service, Jay Slemp has announced he will be retiring as Chairman of the Special Areas Board. This will become effective as of January 2015. "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but he believes now is the right time," proclaims Slemp. The Advisory Council will be putting forward a recommendation to the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs. The Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs will then work with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Special Areas Advisory Council to ensure the right individual is appointed as Chairman.
Slemp announced, "It has been my pleasure to work for the Special Areas for over 40 years, beginning in Consort as Office Manager - eventually leading to my appointment as Chairman of the Board." He is honored to have been the Chairman of Special Areas, to have had the opportunity to serve the great people of the Special Areas and to have been supported by such a talented and dedicated group of individuals. We have continued to grow and change while focusing on our true strength - the people of the Special Areas.
"Where People Make the Difference"

You are invited to attend Jay's Retirement Party on Jan. 17, 2015.
It will be held at the Hanna Community Centre.
Cocktails at 5:00 PM.
Dinner at 6:00 PM.
Tickets are $25 a person (Includes meal & gift donation).
RSVP is needed by Jan. 7, 2015.
Email: Shyanne.jones@specialareas.ab.ca or call 403-854-5601

We want your help in going down memory lane with pictures or stories for a Memory Book.
Email Shyanne.Jones@specialareas.ab.ca of fax:403-854-5627 by December 31, 2014.

ROAD CLOSURE starting on December 2, 2014 on Range Road 12-1 from Township Road 22-3 to Township Road 22-3.5 near Wardlow. The road is being closed for gravel crushing for approximately one month. Alternate routes to avoid this closure are Highway 876 and Range Road 11-3. If you have any concerns contact the Youngstown Service Centre. (Road Closure is highlighted in yellow on this map of the area in the link below)

Detailed Map of Road Closure


 Elevated Fluoride in the Hamlet of Monitor Water Supply

Please see informational letter from Alberta Health Services 


Please slow down when traveling through construction zones; it may cost you only a minute but it may cost us a life!


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 snowplow 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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