Lee Brainard and the Blizzard of 1907

Adapted from “A Land Reclaimed: The Story of Alberta’s Special Areas” by Jack Gorman. Published for the Special Areas Board, 1988 Every season brought its own version of adversity. A rainy summer created clouds of mosquitos. Black flies were ever present. A dry summer brought winds, drought and grasshoppers. The

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Looking ahead to 2021

With the new year soon upon us, the Special Areas Board is getting key pieces moving for the year ahead. The Advisory Council has reviewed the 2021 budget and the Board has recommended it for approval. 2021 marks a departure from the revised budget put in place April 2020, with

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Special Areas Advisory Council holds last meeting of 2020

Special Areas Advisory Council held their traditional fall council meeting November 26 and December 3, with the group meeting virtually in recognition of current public health restrictions. At this quarterly meeting, Advisory Council discussed the proposed 2021 budget, heard an update on 2020 financials, and reviewed the 2021 proposed road

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COVID-19 Update – Mandatory Measures in Place Province-Wide

Mandatory province-wide public health restrictions are now in effect in the Special Areas. These include mandatory masks in all indoor public settings, and a ban on all social gatherings – indoor and outside. Masks are now required to be worn by anyone visiting our offices or facilities. Our focus remains

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fire advisory

Fire Restriction Lifted Effective November 9, 2020

Effective November 9, 2020 the Fire Advisory in the Special Areas is lifted. Controlled Burn Notifications are required for any type of burning, except campfires and incinerator fires. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and random camping areas. To complete a Controlled Burn Notice, please contact your local District Office

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Village of Cereal votes to dissolve into Special Area No. 3

With the recent public vote in favour of dissolution of the Village of Cereal, the viability review process is moving into its final stages. The viability review – initiated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs - assessed whether the Village of Cereal was operating in a manner that addressed the

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Fire Controls in the Special Areas

Fire Controls in the Special Areas The Special Areas Board is responsible for fighting and controlling fires as identified in two acts: the Fire and Prairie Protection Act and the Municipal Government Act. Fire fighting in the Special Areas is made possible through fourteen volunteer fire departments located throughout the

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Fire Prevention Week – October 4, 2020

Since 1923, the Governor General has proclaimed the week of October 9th as Fire Prevention Week. This week gives us a chance to proactively reduce our risks and lessen the impact of wildfires in our communities. This year we are focusing on the FireSmart program, and some of the things

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Use Respect. Ask First.

Use Respect. Ask First. This hunting season, always contact landowners and leaseholders BEFORE entering private or public lands. Landowner and leaseholder information is available in the 2020 Special Areas Map Book, or through your local District Office. Special Area No. 2 - Hanna - (403) 854-5625 Special Area No. 3

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Fall 2020 Ag Talk Newsletter Out Now!

The fall edition of the Special Areas Board Ag newsletter is now available here. This edition dives into tips and information for producers, including: - Mental health supports & harvest time - Weed controls & noxious weed information - Trees & shrubs  - preparing for winter & fall planting -

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