Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation opens new state-of-the-art research centre

Image Via: Scott Gardner

Research centre

Located north of Prince Albert, facility will study hydrology, fisheries, forestry and furbearer management

Five years after purchasing the Hannin Creek Education Facility, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and partner Saskatchewan Polytechnic are set to open the doors to a new state-of-the-art research centre on the same grounds. Located in the boreal forest north of Prince Albert on the shores of Candle Lake, the brand new building features a laboratory and other facilities to accommodate a variety of research projects.

“It’s one of only a handful of research facilities in the boreal forest in the whole world,” says SWF executive director Darrell Crabbe, noting it will host researchers studying everything from hydrology and fisheries to forestry and furbearer management. “There are lots of great opportunities that might not exist in a lot of other locations.”

Credit: Scott Gardner. New facility to include fisheries research.
Credit: Scott Gardner.
New facility to include fisheries research.

The new stand-alone building complements the existing Hannin Creek Education Facility, a 64-bed year-round centre used for adult education and various summer camps. Split between the SWF and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the $520,000 construction cost was supplemented with a federal government grant under the Canada 150 program.

Although Saskatchewan Polytechnic already owns much of the required lab equipment, Crabbe says a group of alumni has offered to raise funds for any extra gear that’s needed. While the facility was slated to be fully operational by the end of March, the official ribbon cutting will take place in June, complete with the involvement of local First Nations.

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Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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