Alfred Blair Newland was in the first resource training class in 1963 at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon. In the spring of 1964 he was transferred to Emma Lake where he worked as a Conservation Officer under another officer Red Smith. When he graduated in 1965 he went to work at Danbury and then moved to Cumberland House. Cumberland House district was a heavily hunted area full of ducks, geese and American hunters. There was also a very good moose population which contributed to heavy patrolling by boat in that area.
On November 19, 1965 Conservation Officers Alfred Newland and Gordon Cockwill were on a game patrol traveling in the Cut Beaver Lake area. They were traveling in a Bombardier through low willows. All of a sudden bullets began to fly. One of two hunters had somehow mistaken the Bombardier as a deer while the other hunter thought it was a moose and fired several shots at the tracked vehicle from approximately 450 feet. One bullet struck officer Newland killing him instantly. The provincial government named Newland Bay on Namew Lake in his memory.