Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research CEntre (HCEARC)

Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre

From forestry to tourism, from First Nations to park users—we all enjoy Saskatchewan’s natural resources. Applied Research offers services to complement projects that seek to understand and protect the natural world around us. These services harness the academic expertise and leading-edge technology that exemplify Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Natural Resources programs.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Natural Resources Applied Research services provide industry partners with the technological tools and analytical expertise that can propel them toward greater understanding and enhancement of the natural environment. 

This initiative is facilitated through the Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI) as one focus of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's strategic applied research, congruent with Saskatchewan engines for growth and prosperity. 

Industry-driven research projects capitalize on Saskatchewan Polytechnic's: 

  • Field equipment for aquatic habitat assessment, fish and benthic macroinvertebrate collection and water-quality sampling
  • Capacity to assess terrestrial habitats and conduct rare plant and wildlife population surveys
  • Capacity for audio detection of amphibians, birds and bats; trapping of mammals; banding and tagging of birds; and documenting wildlife population movements
  • Laboratory facilities for microscopy, plant and animal identification; large mammal necropsy; and sonogram analysis
  • Advanced GPS survey technology that includes base-station correction capabilities for precise positioning. State-of-the-art hardware and software (ArcGIS) for analyzing remotely sensed data (LiDAR, SPOT, Photogrammetric), mapping, and hard-copy production.

In addition, Sask Polytech also maintains Hannin Creek – an educational facility north of Prince Albert on the shores of Candle Lake. In partnership with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, HCEARC provides industry experts and students with unique hands-on learning opportunities in forestry, fisheries, wildlife, conservation law, recreation and environmental, civil and water resources technologies.

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David Halstead, MSc, BSc, research chair, School of Natural Resources and Build Environment

Leila Benmerrouche, research associate, School of Natural Resources and Build Environment


Scott Lipsit, program head, School of Natural Resources and Build Environment

Ryan Galbraith, instructor, School of Natural Resources and Build Environment