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 Municipal 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.
In 2014 the Special Areas Advisory Council provided a recommendation to move forward with a new Tax Recovery Land Sale Policy, and the Board concurred to move forward. Initial discussions with the Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister to review the draft policy have occur to get a sense of the feel/appetite on the policy. There were questions on the policy and a request was made to compare the proposed policy with the previous policy. Administration is finishing off applications received from the 2004 Tax Recovery Land Sale. The 2004 sale closed February 2014.