Connect & Read (Links, Resources, and Further Reading)

SAPAA members and Stewards are associated with numerous organizations. On this page you can find Protected Area partners, Government contacts, and organizations with similar interests.

Big Lake sign; an example of a partnership for a protected area; Dec 24, 2020 (F.Potter)
Big Lake sign; an example of a partnership for a protected area; Dec 24, 2020 (F.Potter)

Welcome to the Affiliates and Protected Area Reading Room page. Find here inks for similarly minded organizations. The reading room contains book titles we have used in compiling our website and/or we think are worth reading to promote understanding and appreciation of our protected areas. Finally, the ‘Year in Review’ lists links that were of interest for a particular calendar year. Starting in 2023, they provide a listing of what we consider relevant to protecting Alberta’s natural treasures, as well as other miscellaneous material of interest.

Government Contacts & Resources

Site/PageUses and Last Accessed
Land Reference Manual | Alberta ParksA complete listing of lands under the administration of Parks Division of Alberta Environment & Parks.
Site Inspection FormElectronically submit inspections.
Environment and Protected Areas | Alberta.caOne of the two ministries responsible for protected areas (see 2023 Year in review).
Forestry, Parks and Tourism | Alberta.caOne of the two ministries responsible for protected areas (see 2023 Year in review).
Government staff directory | Alberta.caLook up a department or a GoA employee (2023-03-03).
Government Contacts & Resources; last accessed 2023-03-03 unless otherwise indicated.

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Online Resources and The Protected Area Bookshelf

SAPAA acknowledges and thanks numerous organizations and government entities who have made invaluable content available for free. The following online resources have been used on this site:

ResourceSAPAA Acknowledgement & Uses
Google MapsTHANK YOU Google for making available an amazing and easy to use mapping tool. Everyone knows what a Google Map is, but just in case – Google Maps – Wikipedia
WikipediaLike Google Maps, Wikipedia provides for a good “‘”layman’s” view on a topic.
ToporamaProvided by the Government of Canada, SAPAA often references and displays still images of this excellent resource.
1928 – NamesGeographic Board of Canada. Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Published for the Geographic Board by the Department of the Interior, 1928.
Online Resources

The Protected Area Bookshelf

The following are referenced on this site and will make a great addition to any bookshelf.

ResourceSAPAA Acknowledgement & Uses
Place NamesAubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006. Used extensively for the origin of a site’s name. Also see this online resource: Peel 5240: Geographic Board of Canada, Place-names of Alberta (1928) (
Alberta LakesSadly, out of print and no longer available online. This is a resource in desperate need of a re-make; Mitchell, Patricia, and E. E. Prepas. “Atlas of Alberta Lakes.” Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 1990.
Alberta GeologyNow nearly 20-years old but still an excellent resource, occasionally used on SAPAA pages. Mussieux, Ron, and Marilyn Nelson. A Traveller’s Guide to Geological Wonders in Alberta. Repr. Edmonton: Provincial Museum of Alberta, 2005.
Referenced Books

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SAPAA Members – Partners in Protected Areas

The following organizations are paid members ★ and/or provide contributions in-kind.

Site/PageUses and Last Accessed
Nature Alberta (NA)NA is a long standing partner with SAPAA including providing the association’s insurance. NA’s current focus is on helping Albertans learn about, experience, and protect our native wildlife and ecosystems. In collaboration with our clubs, NA also host a Nature Network that promotes nature education and stewardship across the province.
Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) AWA is both a member and a contributor of content to the SAPAA website (2023-03-03).
Big Lake Environment Support Society (BLESS)BLESS’ major objective is the conservation of the Big Lake wetlands, through advocacy, public education, stewardship of Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park and data collection programs. BLESS is a regional organization, with membership coming mainly from each of the four municipalities bordering the Big Lake wetlands.
Canadian Parks and
Wilderness Society – Northern Alberta (CPAWS)
Established in 1968 as the first regional chapter. Working in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous nations, CPAWS is focused on conserving nature to respond to the dual crises of accelerated biodiversity loss and climate change. Its vision is that at least half of land, freshwater and ocean in Canada is permanently protected to sustain nature and people for current and future generations.
(JJ Collett) Natural Area FoundationThe JJ Collett NA is located in rural central Alberta and consists of 635 acres of Aspen Parkland. Over 18 km of maintained trails wind through it. The foundation was established in 1985, as a provincial volunteer steward group to help preserve, maintain and provide environmental education for this ecologically diverse habitat. Local organizations, schools, post secondary institutions, First Nations, and fitness groups are among those who use the area on a regular basis for studies, orienteering and field trips.
(Wagner) Natural Area SocietyKnown to naturalists since the 1940s, the Natural Area was named for William Wagner, the owner of the property, who was instrumental in having the Alberta government give the original property of 129.5 hectares ( 320 acres) formal protection in 1975. Subsequent land purchases by the Alberta government and the Nature Conservancy of Canada have extended the protected area to 251 hectares (620 acres) covering a range of vegetation communities.
SAPAA Organizational Members or who provide in-kind donations

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A Year in Review

The following links and downloadable content were relevant for the year(s) noted in the heading. The are generally presented in reverse chronological order.



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