[MEDIUM] Jackpines (PNT) Natural Area

A small PNT enclave within the southern portion of the Winagami WPP. Located about 25 west of the Lesser Slave Lake.


Jackpines (PNT) NA and adjoining and nearby sites.
Jackpines (PNT) NA and adjoining and nearby sites.

Map of the Area

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Other Information

The Jackpine (PNT) NA is an enclave within the southern portion of Winagami Wildland Park. It is not clear why it was not included when the WPP was constituted. An email exchange with the Government of Alberta provided this information [1]:

Hi Frank, Looks like it wasn’t incorporated (Jackpines)… the south half is, but not the north half: CLR 970603 crown land reservation, formally PNT 970266 protective notation – conservation, Recreation or Tourism potential 129.07 ha. Remark text: based on the local committee recommendations salvage of burnt trees for firewood and domestic used by permit may continue in the NW-1 and the NE-1-76-17-5. Until December 31st 2013. At that time this land will be reviewed for inclusion in Winagami wildland provincial park in 2014.

Presumably, a decade later, the review for inclusion in the WPP is still ongoing.

Winagami WPP Description [2]. The southern portion includes a stretch of the South Heart River valley and associated riparian areas that serve as a wildlife corridor. The area contains a jack pine-dominated sand dune and outwash complex. The park’s northern portion consists of lands around the dams and diversion of the South Heart River.

A representative part of the McLennan sloping fen is also located within the park. This non-patterned fen, without internal lawns, is comprised mainly of sphagnum peat and is dominated by a continuous cover of vegetation. Small, more or less circular mounds of glaciolacustrine materials are scattered throughout the wetlands, a feature not common to fens. There is a garter snake hibernacula in the valley. Great blue herons and bald eagles nest in large shoreline trees. White pelicans forage on water bodies.

Birding: More than 200 bird species have been recorded in the park including sandpiers, gulls, grebes and ducks. Great blue herons, bald eagles and white pelicans are found here. Merlins and northern goshawks may also be seen. OHV Riding: OHV use is permitted on existing trails only. Off-trail OHV use is prohibited.

Sir Joseph Bank’s Pine [3]. Pinus banksiana), its native range in Canada is east of the Rocky Mountains is also known as grey pine and scrub pine. In the far west of its range, Pinus banksiana hybridizes readily with the closely related lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta). The species epithet banksiana is after the English botanist Sir Joseph Banks.

They grow to 9–22 m but can be shrub-sized, due to poor growing conditions. Jackpines do not usually grow perfectly straight. This pine often forms pure stands on sandy or rocky soil. The cones remaining closed for many years, until a forest fire kills the mature trees and opens the cones, reseeding the burnt ground.

Stinking Lake. Winagami’s spelling was recorded by the 1911 Dominion Land Survey. It translates to ‘Stinking’ or ‘Dirty-water’ lake due to the presence of hydrogen sulphide [4].

Site Statistics

Site NameJackpines (PNT)
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeProtective Notation (PNT)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)N/A
PASite ID (Map Ref #)10549
Site # (Parks Website)N/A
Total Area128.89 ha. (318.50 ac.)
Recreation Activities
Operated By
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Jackpines (PNT) Natural Area


The following links are provided as a courtesy but are not verified or endorsed by SAPAA. Clicking on the link will cause you to leave the SAPAA website. Primary source of information is the Government of Alberta (All links accessed on 2023-02-10).

  1. Email exchange – Forestry Parks, and Tourism. “Re: SAPAA Asks – Jackpines (PNT) – FID 67” Received by F.Potter, February 10, 2023.
  2. Information & Facilities – Winagami Wildland Provincial Park | Alberta Parks.
  3. Pinus banksiana / jack pine | Conifer Species | American Conifer Society.
  4. Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006; p. 356.

Further Reading

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