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.
Map of the Area
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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 . 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 Name||Northwest of Bruderheim|
|Site Type||Natural Area|
|Natural Region(s)||Dry Mixedwood|
|O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)||588/2007|
|PASite ID (Map Ref #)||70|
|Site # (Parks Website)||457|
|Total Area||259.41 ha. (641.00 ac.)|
|Recreation Activities||none noted|
|Operated By||Alberta Environment and Parks|
|Notes and Comments|
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).
- Donovan, Larry. 2007. Alberta Place Names. The Fascinating People & Stories behind the Naming of Alberta. Canada: Dragon Hill Publ., p. 31.
- SAPAA Newsletter No. 39 July 2021, pp. 7-8.
- SAPAA Newsletter No. 38 April 2021, p. 4, pp. 5-6.
- SAPAA Newsletter No. 35 June 2017, p. 1.
- SAPAA Newsletter No. 27 September 2012, p. 2.
- SAPAA Newsletter No. 26 May 2012, p.1 (directions to site).
- SAPAA Newsletter No. 23 September 2010, p. 6.
- SAPAA Newsletter No. 19 May 2008, p. 1.