Northwest of Bruderheim Natural Area

This Natural Area consists of two non-contiguous parcels of land, each approximately 130 ha in size. Upland sand dunes with jack pines and open sandy plateaus are interspersed with organic soils in the low-lying wetlands.

Jack pine saplings regenerating from seed after a fire several years earlier in Northwest Bruderheim Natural Area-2017-07-05-(HTaube)
Jack pine saplings regenerating from seed after a fire in2009 in Northwest of Bruderheim NA-2017-07-05-(HTaube)

Map of the Area

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Other Information

Plant communities consist of jack pine/lichen forest on the sandy uplands, with black spruce-tamarack/Labrador tea, dwarf birch-willow shrubland, and sedge-cotton grass meadows in the lowlands. The site lies in the Dry Mixedwood Subregion of the Boreal Forest Natural Region (Alberta Parks website, 2012). The Natural Area is named after the nearby community of Bruderheim established by three brothers (brethren’s home) and named from two German words, bruder, meaning brother and heim meaning home [1]. Nearby are two provincial areas where off-highway vehicle use is permitted: North Bruderheim Provincial Recreation Area and Redwater Provincial Recreation Area.

The site has a number of management problems, including the proximity of oil and gas development and off-road vehicle incursions. The dry, sandy terrain is prone to wildfires but the plant communities recover after a number of years.

Site Statistics

Site NameNorthwest of Bruderheim
Site TypeNatural Area
SubtypeOrder-in-council (OC)
Natural Region(s)Dry Mixedwood
O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)588/2007
PASite ID (Map Ref #)70
Site # (Parks Website)457
Total Area259.41 ha. (641.00 ac.)
Recreation Activitiesnone noted
Operated ByAlberta Environment and Parks
Notes and Comments
Statistics and Details for Northwest of Bruderheim


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: Government of Alberta – Information & Facilities – Northwest of Bruderheim Natural Area | Alberta Parks (2022-02-18).

  1. Donovan, Larry. 2007. Alberta Place Names. The Fascinating People & Stories behind the Naming of Alberta. Canada: Dragon Hill Publ., p. 31.

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