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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?

Road Closure

TR31-0 from RR14-4 North to RR14-4 South  (south of Hanna)

Is temporarily closed as of April 10, 2014 due to washout by the culvert

Notice will be given as soon as this closure is lifted.

Prairie Oasis Park Reservation Service 

Prairie Oasis Reservations

2014 Ratepayer Meetings



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.


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 all roads within Special Areas No. 2, 3 and 4.

NOW IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that a road ban be placed on all municipal oiled, base coursed and paved roads in Special Areas 2, 3 and 4 effective 8:00 A.M., March 13, 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.


The following oiled or paved roads are restricted to

One Hundred percent (100%) of authorized load limits (except as allowed under the act or regulation):

  •     Former Secondary Highway 565 from Pollockville to Highway 36;
  •     Hanna Access from Highway 36 to Hanna.

DATED at Hanna, Alberta this 13th day of March, A.D., 2014.


Jay J. Slemp, CHAIRMAN


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