Prince Albert Model Forest

Country: Canada
Location: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Area: 4,382,417 hectares
Regional affiliation: Canadian Model Forest Network (est. 1992)

Contact information

Name:  Susan Carr 
Address:  Box 2406, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada  S6V 7G3
Phone: 306-922-1944
Email: princealbert@imfn.net
Website: www.pamodelforest.sk.ca 

Forest and resource profile 

  • Includes Narrow Hills Provincial Park
  • Includes Prince Albert National Park
  • Program focus area includes the First Nations reserve lands of Lac La Ronge, Montreal Lake, James Smith, Muskoday, Wahpeton, Little Red River, Sturgeon Lake, Ahtahkakoop, Mistawasis, Beardy’s-Okemasis, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and One Arrow

Economic profile 

The economy is driven by resource-based industries of forestry, agriculture, and mining. Tourism plays a key role in the economy. 

Why a Model Forest?

The Model Forest approach allowed us to tackle complex land use management issues among a diversity of interest groups including indigenous (First Nations and Metis) governments and communities, all levels of government, tourism and research interests, academia and industry.

Partners 

  • Government - 35% 
  • Indigenous peoples (First Nations) - 30% 
  • Industry - 15% 
  • Non-profit partnerships - 10% 
  • Academia - 5% 
  • Resort Village - 5%

A more specific list includes: 

  • Amisk-Atik Forest Management Inc.
  • Canadian Institute of Forestry
  • City of Prince Albert
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
  • First Nation Island Forest Management
  • First Nations Agricultural Council of SK
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Ibero-American Model Forest Network (IAMFN)
  • Lac La Ronge Indian Band
  • Nipawin Biomass Ethanol New Generation Co-operative Ltd
  • Nipawin Economic Development Committee
  • Northern Lights School Division No.113
  • Prince Albert Grand Council
  • Prince Albert National Park
  • Prince Albert Regional Economic Development Authority
  • Resort Village of Candle Lake
  • Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
  • Saskatchewan Conservation Learning Centre
  • Saskatchewan Environment
  • Saskatchewan Forest Centre
  • Saskatchewan Forestry Association
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology
  • Saskatchewan Regional Economic and Co-operative Development
  • Saskatchewan Research Council
  • Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards
  • Swedish Forest Agency, Vilhelmina District representing the Vilhelmina Model Forest
  • University of Saskatchewan, College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Strategic goals 

  • Assist in developing capacity and governance models in local forest-based communities that encourage opportunities in a transitioning forest sector economy
  • Proactively address challenges to community vulnerability by providing research, tools and models to assist communities in the transition to sustainability
  • Bring together industry partners and community-level stakeholders to facilitate development of new forest-based opportunities for Saskatchewan communities in the southern boreal and aspen parkland ecoregions
  • Develop and share sustainable forest management knowledge, practices, tools and experiences with international forest-based communities and their Model Forests, particularly Sweden’s Vilhelmina and the Ibero-American Model Forest Network (IAMFN)
  • Develop a plan to conduct an agroforestry inventory
  • Begin to set up and test the Aboriginal Caucus model

Accomplishments to date

  • Provide Nipawin Biomass Ethanol New Gen Co-op the linkages to forest residue feedstocks as a source of ethanol production through gasification technology
  • Develop an agroforestry inventory and assess landowner interest in agroforestry opportunities
  • Work with Peter Ballantyne First Nation to set up local forest management board (Amisk-Atik Resource Management Board) with Sandy Bay
  • Support the Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards in piloting ideas to protect their livelihoods while conserving a nationally significant population of over 400 free-roaming pure Plains Bison
  • Build an Aboriginal Caucus as part of the PAMF governance model
  • Coordinate a forestry capacity-building program for the seven bands of the First Nations Island Forest Management Inc. and the Peter Ballantyne First Nation’s Amisk-Atik Forest Management Inc
  • Continue to fund and coordinate the expanding Junior Rangers program
  • Continue to work with Northern Lights School Division #113 to expand the Askiy-Nih Traditional Resource Use Curriculum where communities actively educate their youth about traditional activities of wild rice harvesting, trapping, hunting, fishing, crafts, cultural values and traditional languages
  • Further collaborate with Sweden’s Vilhelmina Model Forest through knowledge exchange in Aboriginal land-use governance, climate change research, and the Aboriginal student leaders exchange program
  • Develop collaborative projects with IAMFN in agroforestry, indigenous peoples learning, economic development and climate change
  • Continue to support Prince Albert Greater Ecosystem Woodland Caribou Distribution Research
  • Assist the Candle Lake Subwatershed Stewardship Committee in developing an integrated land management plan to address watershed health in a fast-growing resort community.