Spring 2021 Ag Talk Newsletter Available Now

The spring 2021 edition of the Ag Talk newsletter is now available. This edition includes information on: Soil conservation and snow accumulation Haying ditches 2021 - processes and permits Organic farming: Not all about tillage Strychnine - 2021 season Natural gopher controls Field windbreak removals: impacts and consequences Berry Creek

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Office Closure for Easter Holiday

Special Areas Offices will be closed for the Easter holidays on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5. Offices will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April 6 with normal business hours. Be advised face coverings are required when visiting our offices in compliance with current public health restrictions. To

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2021 Municipal Election – Nomination Period Open

Are you interested in representing your community on the Special Areas Advisory Council? Municipal elections are taking place throughout the Province on October 18. To learn more about municipal elections in the Special Areas, visit our Municipal Elections main page. Nominations will be accepted until September 20, 2021 at 12:00

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Spring Fire Prevention Message

Early spring conditions, including low relative humidity levels combined with below average precipitation levels has meant an increase risk of grassfires in the region. A fire advisory was put in place on March 10 which advises all residents to take extreme caution and only complete necessary burning. Controlled burn notifications

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2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate Available For Purchase

For the 2021 season, producers can purchase 2% liquid strychnine concentrate from their local District Office. This product is only available to agricultural producers located within the Special Areas. Producers are limited to 2 cases of 2% liquid strychnine concentrate at the discretion of the Ag. Fieldman. Producers are encouraged

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#OurStories – Abby Hibner’s Veteran Hotel

Abby Hibner and the Veteran Hotel, as told to Margarite Albanese (Hardy), adapted from “Pictoral Album of Veteran, Loyalist and Hemaruka”, compiled and published by Veteran Historical Society, 1979 Abby Hibner’s Veteran Hotel was opened in the fall of 1916. Two of the main builders were Ed Bower and Fred

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#OurStories – Homesteading and Health Care

Adapted from “A Land Reclaimed: The Story of Alberta’s Special Areas” by Jack Gorman. Published for the Special Areas Board, 1988 The homestead women were responsible for the health care of the family and often the animals. Child birth on the farm was a particularly trying time. Doctors were long

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Special Areas Campgrounds & the 2021 Season

For the 2021 season, Special Areas municipal campgrounds (Prairie Oasis Park, Blood Indian Park, and Carolside Campground) will all be operating on a first-come, first-serve basis. This applies to all sites, with the exception of the two (2) large group camp sites located in Prairie Oasis Park: the Camp Kitchen Group

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#OurStories – Snow Plow Associations

Adapted from “Youngstown Memories: Across the Years 1909 - 1983", compiled and published by Youngstown and District Historical Society, 1984 Snowplowing used to be managed on a community basis in the Special Areas. Communities would form snow plow associations, funding their operations through the sale of assessable and non-assessable shares.

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Notice of Public Hearing – Draft Municipal Development Plan

The Special Areas Municipal Development Plan has been drafted and we need your feedback! This document is a broad, long-range planning tool for the municipality. It guides future land use and development, growth patterns, transportation systems, and municipal services. Want to learn more about the draft document? Visit our website

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