Saskatchewan. Conservation Branch

Identity area

Type of entity

Secondary Agency

Authorized form of name

Saskatchewan. Conservation Branch

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Other form(s) of name

  • Conservation Branch

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Description area

Dates of existence



The Conservation Branch was established in the Department of Natural Resources in 1954. Overseen by a director, the branch originally consisted of three divisions: the Conservation Information Service; the Conservation Officers' Training School; and the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History. The Conservation Information Service was responsible for publicity, visual aids, publications and extension services. The Service prepared information for news releases; produced the Northern News radio program on CKBI in Prince Albert; produced pamphlets and other publications; compiled a library of films and still photography; and presented information to school children and other interest groups. The Conservation Officers' Training School provided training for new field officers and offered refresher courses for veteran staff. The Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History was responsible for acquiring and exhibiting aspects of the province's natural history and educating the public in the areas of botany, zoology, archaeology, geology and paleontology.

The Conservation Branch was also responsible for conducting anthropological research into the Metis people of northern Saskatchewan; conducting geographical research on the development of renewable resources; developing guidelines on the disposition of Crown forest lands; and maintaining a central registry of all dispositions.

During the 1955-56 fiscal year, the Conservation Officers' Training School was transferred to the Administrative Services Branch. In 1955, the branch reassumed responsibility for the Historic Sites program, which involved locating, verifying and marking sites of historic significance in the province. The program was transferred to the Department of Travel and Information around 1957. During the 1956-1957 fiscal year, two new divisions were created. The Anthropological Research Division conducted research among northern Saskatchewan's Métis people to determine methods for improving their living conditions. The Lands Division surveyed the growth of the recreational use of provincial land and resources. During the 1958-59 fiscal year, the Anthropological Research Division was eliminated and the Lands Division was expanded into the Recreation Land Use Division, which was given a broader mandate to assist in the planning and design of recreational sites.

During the 1960-61 fiscal year, the Conservation Branch was reorganized into the Parks and Conservation Branch in response to the substantial increase in responsibilities assigned to the branch related to parks.


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The primary functions of the Conservation Branch were to produce and distribute information about the conservation of Saskatchewan's fish, fur, game and timber resources and conduct geographical and anthropological research. The Museum of Natural History, which was also part of the branch, collected, displayed, and educated the public on Saskatchewan's natural history.

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General context

Relationships area

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources (1930-1944)

Identifier of related entity

GA 12

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Dates of relationship


Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources is the controlling agency for Saskatchewan. Conservation Branch

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Parks and Conservation Branch (1960-1964)

Identifier of related entity

GA 108

Category of relationship


Dates of relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Parks and Conservation Branch is the successor of Saskatchewan. Conservation Branch

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Conservation Education Branch (1953-1954)

Identifier of related entity

GA 107

Category of relationship


Dates of relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Conservation Branch is the successor of Saskatchewan. Conservation Education Branch

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Control area

Authority record identifier

GA 106

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Rules and/or conventions used

Rules for Archival Description (RAD)



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Authority record created on 2011-04-21. Approved 2012-03-06. Last modified on 2017-11-29.




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